In this how to guide: you’ll learn how to Enable Siri Like Features on Mac using the Mac accessibility features. So after this tutorial you’ll be able to control your Mac actions using your voice (like Siri does). You’ll be able to take a action simply using your voice. It can be customized to do practically any action. Interested? Let’s see how it works.Step 1: Open your System Preferences > open “Accessibility” > scroll down on the left until you see “Dictation”.
Step 2: Enable Dictation enabling this option: “Enable the dictation keyboard phrase”
Important: the default value for Keyboard Phrase is “Computer” but you can change it for “Hey Siri” or something like that just as default in iOS.
Step 3: Open “Dictation Commands” option (here you can control edit the way you can interact with your Mac by speaking to it)
Step 4: You can see the default commands. Check the “Enable advanced commands” and you’ll be able to access to more commands and to create new commands.
Step 5: Adding a new command is easy. You just need to click the “+” button (check the image) and input the “When I say” with the voice command you want and then select the “While using” option and the choose a action to “Perform” (check the instructions on the image).
For example: you can try this combination: When I say: “Screenshot” While using “Any Application”, Perform: “” “Press shift + command + 3” (check the image) > click “Done”
When you add this command, your Mac will take a screenshot whenever you say “Computer” + “Screenshot” (if the Keayboard Phrase you’ve defined was “Computer”, but it will obviously work with any phrase you want).
Suggestions: you can use this to open a specific folder, open email app, scroll preview up / down, zoom in or zoom out etc.
Important: please make sure you have your micro enabled.
This will not activate Siri on your Mac. Siri is only available for iOS but you’ll get a lot of Siri like features. It is so cool for your Mac.