Keyboard

Type To Siri On High Sierra

Siri can be a useful assistant on the Mac and easy to access the information needed by just using voice controls. However, there are times when talking out loud to the Mac is inconvenient or unsuitable e.g. while in a meeting or in a library.

Apple has added an option in High Sierra that enables interaction with Siri without requiring voice commands, the method of input is via typing commands or queries in to Siri.

How To
First, select the System Preferences icon, I keep mine in the dock for easy access (img.1).

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Once the System Preferences window displays you will see an Accessibility  icon in the bottom right of the window, you should now click on this (img2).

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In the Accessibility window scroll down on the left and select the Siri option, then tick the checkbox ‘Enable Type to Siri’ (img.3).

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Now when the Siri icon is clicked a text entry box is displayed for a command or query to be entered (img.4)

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Remember to turn down the volume so you don't hear the response out loud.

An easy way to use Siri on Mac without using voice.

Get To Know The macOS Onscreen Keyboard

Welcome to a new screencast on The Mac Quad. In this post I will help you get to know the new macOS onscreen keyboard included with High Sierra, making it much easier for motor impaired users to enter text on the Mac.

Screencast

Text Walkthrough

Get to know the new macOS  Onscreen Keyboard.
    •    Previous post shows how to display the onscreen keyboard.
    •    This will show some of the features of the basic keyboard which is displayed when enabled.
The basic keyboard is for typing in a text editor and all other places where text entry is required.
    •    This includes modifier keys.
Above is a Typing Suggestions panel this enables quicker entry of text and learns use of words.
There are Function Keys which are like a standard Apple keyboard.
    •    Dim Screen & Brighten Screen
    •    Launch Mission Control
    •    Go to Launchpad
    •    Toggle Touch Bar (if you have a new MacBook Pro)
    •    Rewind, Play/Pause, Forward in iTunes etc.
    •    Mute/Unmute Sound
    •    Decrease, Increase  Volume
    •    fn key displays standard function bar
x Closes keyboard and must be reenabled from System Preferences (please see previous post).
… Minimises the keyboard but still allows access once the keyboard button is clicked.
Preferences Cog gives the ability to change the appearance of the keyboard.
    •    Zoom will change the size of the keyboard
    •    Transparency changes the amount of the background that shows through
    •    Fade after 15 seconds of inactivity fades the keyboard if the mouse is inactive for 15 seconds (amount of fade can be altered in the Accessibility Preference Pane)
    •    Show Dwell options on the keyboard
    •    Show Dwell options in the Menu Bar
    •    Always Dwell in panels means that whenever the cursor is over a keyboard panel dwell is active
    •    Customise allows the user to add their own panels to the keyboard increasing the functionality of the keyboard even further
    •    Preferences take the user directly to the Accessibility Preference Pane
Finally the Custom key shows customised panels that the user has added, I have created three.
    •    An extended keyboard
    •    A launch bar panel to make launching applications quicker
    •    A system panel for quickly shutting down, restarting, showing the system preference and more
I hope this video has enabled you to get more from the new Onscreen Keyboard in macOS High Sierra.

Apple Modifier Keys

If you are a long time Mac user you will be completely aware of the Apple modifier keys, however, if you’re a totally new user or have come over from the Windows universe you may be a little confused as to which keys are which.  I hope the table (img.1) below is helpful.

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