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Stupid Simple Mac Tips #32 – Have a Two-Way Conversation with Your Mac

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #32 – Have a Two-Way Conversation with Your Mac

By Tom Lambotte | June 1, 2020

Now, I’m not suggesting you pop open a bottle of wine and have in-depth conversations over candlelight with your Mac (though I’m not saying you shouldn’t!). But in this edition of Stupid Simple Tips, you’ll learn that you can talk and listen to your Mac.

Let’s Get the Conversation Started

On older macOS models, Dictation made for a valuable listen-and-talk feature. But as of 2016, the macOS Sierra launched and made Siri a part of the Apple Mac arsenal. This upgrade has led to a far more versatile set of capabilities.

Using the tool is straightforward, you can either:

  • For a couple of seconds, hold down ‘Command’ and ‘Space.’

or

  • Navigate to your Dock or Menu Bar, click the ‘Siri” button

OR

  • On newer Macs, such as the 2018 MacBook Pro, it’s possible to use the voice command, ‘Hey Siri.’

It’s worth noting that Siri on an advanced macOS is way more useful than the regular iPhone version. For instance, on the macOS Mojave, you can control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Also, it’s possible to pull up files in your system, depending on the information you can provide your Siri. Lastly, on the latest devices, you can access apps through voice commands.

I hope this rendition of Stupid Simple Tips really speaks to you.

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  • June 1, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is CEO of GlobalMacIT, the only company in the world that specializes in providing IT support to Mac-based law firms. His methods are based on close to a decade of research, testing and real-world refinement of Best Practices, working directly with Mac-based law firms and firms switching from PC to Mac, across the country and around the world. Tom is the author of Hassle Free Mac IT Support for Law Firms and a highly sought after speaker at national events such as the ABA Techshow and MILOfest, a Mac Lovin’ Lawyers Event. Learn more about Tom and GlobalMac IT at www.globalmacit.com.