Up until now, Siri’s remained a tool for accessing services rather than helping us navigate our Apple devices. That changes with macOS Sierra, which lets us use Apple’s helpful AI assistant to locate files using spoken commands.
Hey Siri, help me!
Start by summoning Siri. This can be done in several ways — either via the Siri icon on the dock, by holding down CMD + Space, or clicking the Siri icon in the top right of the menu bar.
You can then begin your search by asking Siri to “show me files” viewed at a particular point, such as in the last week, month or year.
Provided she’s doing her job correctly, Siri will return a list of files you’ve viewed and edited during the specified time frame.
These can be further refined by asking Siri to show you only files sent by a particular person, or ones conforming to a specific file type, or containing particular keywords.
If you know exactly what you’re looking for, you can skip the time frame step altogether and dive straight into searching by keywords, like the file name or a phrase used within the document.
Finally, if you search specifically for images stored on your Mac, Siri opens up the Photos app and lets you search in the same way, such as ones added within a particular timeframe or taken at a precise location.
Have we told you lately how much we dig Siri in macOS Sierra?