Apple has been innovating quite a bit lately. They unveiled a聽touch control bar聽with the new Macbook and there are rumors that聽new Mac desktops聽are聽on the way. Recently, they brought聽a feature to聽OSX that was adapted from the iPhone. We鈥檙e talking about Siri, of course.

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Yep, it鈥檚 not news that our beloved digital assistant is not on your computer, but here鈥檚 all the deets on how to become a power user.聽Check it all out below.

Get set up

First, you鈥檒l need to tell Siri you鈥檇 like to use her services. Go to System Preferences > Siri.


Make sure you鈥檝e checked 鈥淓nable Siri鈥 on the left. Then you can choose your language preferences and give Siri an accent (you can change the voice to male if you like). Turn voice feedback on or off, set your mic input (which device you鈥檒l be speaking into, whether it鈥檚 the built-in mic or a headset, etc.) and choose a keyboard shortcut. The default is to hold Command + Space 鈥 basically, act like you鈥檙e going to open Spotlight Search but hold the keys a little longer. Voil脿! Siri is ready for you.

Cool things Siri Can Do


1. Toggle controls.聽You can take control of most of the functions on your Mac just by telling Siri to do it for you. For example, 鈥淭urn down brightness鈥 will 鈥 you guessed it 鈥 turn down your screen鈥檚 brightness. You can also toggle Do Not Disturb, Bluetooth, etc. You can even tell Siri to mute your computer鈥檚 volume if you want, and she鈥檒l quiet down immediately; she won鈥檛 even say that she did it, it鈥檒l just be written in the little dialog box. Smartass.


2. Find files + pics easily.聽One of the best things to happen to file management on Macs is the ability to search for files and images using natural language. Now you can simply say, 鈥淪how me files I worked on [your day/week/month/year of choice].鈥 Easy peasy!


3. Monitor + update your social media.聽If your social media accounts are connected (System Preferences > Internet Accounts), you can post to Facebook and Twitter like NBD. For Twitter, just say 鈥渢weet _______鈥 and Siri will prepare it for you (she鈥檒l confirm before sending, don鈥檛 worry!). You can even add hashtags by simply saying 鈥渉ashtag ________鈥 while you鈥檙e composing your tweet. To post to Facebook, just say 鈥淧ost to Facebook ___________.鈥 There you go! The easiest social media update you鈥檝e ever done. You can also check out what鈥檚 trending, either in general or for specific hashtags, by asking things like 鈥渨hat鈥檚 trending on Twitter?鈥 or 鈥渨hat are people saying about #wednesdaywisdom?鈥 Just want to see one person鈥檚 new tweets? You can do that too. 鈥淪how me new tweets from POTUS.鈥 Good for a quick check when you can鈥檛 afford to get lost down the Twitter rabbit hole!


4. Have good old fashioned fun.聽Of course, Siri still comes with all the little nuggets that make her such a bundle of joy. She can get pretty snarky though, so make sure you can take it! (We do too have friends.)

Siri for Mac has other capabilities too, like searching the web for pictures and seeing new emails from specific contacts. We鈥檙e sure there are other creative things to ask her too!

How do you use Siri? Tell us @BritandCo!

(Featured image via Marisa Kumtong/Brit + Co)