Make Siri ac­ti­vate when you say “Hey Siri” to your Mac with Sierra

Or you can make Siri ap­pear when you say some­thing like “Chitty chitty bang bang”, re­veals Ro­man Loy­ola

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On iOS, you can ac­ti­vate Siri by say­ing “Hey Siri”. Vocal ac­ti­va­tion isn’t avail­able on macOS Sierra through the Siri sys­tem pref­er­ences, but it can be done through Sierra’s Ac­ces­si­bil­ity sys­tem pref­er­ence.

In essence, you use dic­ta­tion to ac­ti­vate the key­board short­cut for Siri. The de­fault Siri key­board com­mand in Sierra is to hold down the Com­mand

and Space but­tons. You need to change this be­cause the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­ture doesn’t have a way to hold down a key­board com­bi­na­tion.

Change the Siri key­board short­cut

To change your Siri key­board com­mand, fol­low these steps.

1. Open the Siri sys­tem pref­er­ence (Ap­ple menu > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences).

2. Look for Key­board Short­cut in the main win­dow. Click on the pop-up menu. There are two Hold key­board com­bi­na­tions that you don’t want to use. Ap­ple also offers Press Func­tion Space as an op­tion, but you can’t use it, ei­ther. Cre­ate a cus­tom short­cut by se­lect­ing Cus­tom­ize and then press­ing the keys you want to use.

Cre­ate a Dic­ta­tion Com­mand to ac­ti­vate Siri

Now that you have your key­board short­cut in place, here are the steps to per­form to make Hey Siri work on your Mac.

1. In Sys­tem Pref­er­ences (Ap­ple menu > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences), click on the Key­board icon.

2. Click on the Dic­ta­tion tab. If noth­ing hap­pens, click on an­other tab, then click Dic­ta­tion again.

3. Look for the set­ting called Dic­ta­tion. Turn it on. Se­lect Use En­hanced Dic­ta­tion. You may have to per­form a down­load that al­lows for of­fline use.

4. If you have mul­ti­ple mi­cro­phones, you can se­lect

the one you want to use by click­ing the pop-up menu un­der the mi­cro­phone icon. You can also change the lan­guage.

5. Next, click the Show All icon at the top of the win­dow (the one with the grid of dots) and then click on the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity icon. (You can also se­lect View in the menu bar and se­lect Ac­ces­si­bil­ity.)

6. In the left col­umn of the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity sys­tem pref­er­ence, scroll down un­til you find Dic­ta­tion and se­lect it.

7. Check the box for ‘En­able the dic­ta­tion key­word phrase’ and you’ll see that the word Com­puter ap­pears in the long box. Re­place it with Hey.

8. Click the Dic­ta­tion Com­mands But­ton.

9. An over­lay win­dow ap­pears with a Se­lec­tion list in the left col­umn. Be­low that is a box for ‘En­able ad­vanced com­mands’. Check it.

10. Click the ‘+’ but­ton. This will al­low you to cre­ate a cus­tom com­mand. En­ter the fol­low­ing:

When I say: Siri

While us­ing: Any ap­pli­ca­tion

Per­form: From the pop-up menu, se­lect Press Key­board Short­cut. The en­try box will show ‘Press keys now’. Press the key­board short­cut you use for Siri. In this ex­am­ple, I use Con­trol-Space.

If you press the key­board short­cut and Siri shows up in­stead of reg­is­ter­ing in the en­try box, make sure the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity win­dow is ac­tive by click­ing any­where on the win­dow.

11. Click Done.

Cus­tom­ize the vocal com­mand

Now when you say “Hey Siri” to you Mac, a Siri win­dow will open. And if you have your iPhone

nearby, Siri will show up on your iPhone, too. You can rem­edy this by chang­ing the dic­ta­tion key­word phrase with your own word, like ‘Hello’.

You can go a step fur­ther and change the When I say en­try from ‘Siri’ to any­thing you want in Step 10 of the in­struc­tions above. For ex­am­ple, I changed the dic­ta­tion key­word phrase to ‘Chitty chitty’ and the ‘When I say’ en­try to ‘bang bang’. This is what hap­pens:

Re­mem­ber, this re­quires dic­ta­tion to be ac­ti­vated on your Mac. It should ac­ti­vate if you restart your Mac, but if you can’t fig­ure out why Siri isn’t re­spond­ing, check the Dic­ta­tion set­tings in the Key­board sys­tem pref­er­ence.

Step 6

Step 10

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