Siri Tips

Like Siri on your iOS devices, Siri on your Mac is your intelligent personal assistant that helps you multitask and get things done just by asking. For example, while you work on a document, you can ask Siri to send a message to your coworker saying that the document is on the way—without having to stop what you’re doing.

Here are just a few examples of the many things that you can ask Siri to do:

  • “Show the PDFs in my Downloads folder”
  • “How much free space do I have on my Mac?”
  • “Play the top 40 jazz songs”
  • “What’s the weather in Lake Tahoe?”
  • “Show me all of the files I shared with Cecilia last week”
  • “Search the web for images of the Eiffel Tower”
  • “Find tweets from José Bautista”
  • “FaceTime Victoria”
  • “Add Laura to my 10 AM meeting”
  • “How do you spell broccoli?”
  • “Show my photos from yesterday”
  • “What time is it in Monterrey, Mexico?”

Ask Siri a question

Click the Siri icon  in the menu bar or Dock. Siri asks “What can I help you with?” Then say what you need. 
To learn about Siri’s capabilities on the Mac, just ask Siri “What can you do?”

Click the Siri icon  again or clickmicrophone iconin the search result to ask another question. Siri remains open on your desktop in front of any other apps, or you can close the window with a swipe.

To ask Siri a question, you can instead hold down both the Command (⌘) key and Space bar until Siri asks, “What can I help you with?”

 If you’re using a Mac mini or a Mac Pro, connect a microphone for Siri to hear your requests. Choose Apple menu () > System Preferences and click Sound.
Then select your microphone in the Input tab.


Ask Siri to find files on your Mac

Siri makes it easy to find files on your Mac, using various criteria. For example, you can ask Siri to search for all the documents that you opened this week. Then you can ask Siri to refine your results to just the ones with the word “annual” in the title.


Keep Siri results where you can find them

You can keep important information from Siri—like sports schedules, Twitter feeds, files that are related to your big project, and much more—right in Notification Center so you can access it easily. Just click plus sign at the top of your Siri results. They’ll even stay up to date, so you always know where to find game times, trending topics, or important documents.

Search and drag Siri results

You can ask Siri to search for information, and then drag the results into a window or application on your desktop. For example, you can ask Siri to find an image on the web, and then you can drag it into your Pages document. Or you can ask Siri to find a restaurant, then drag the location from Maps into an invitation.

Edit your Siri request

To edit your request instead of making a new request, double-click your words in the Siri window, then enter your changes from the keyboard.

Double-click your words to edit them.

Then press Return to search again.

Change Siri settings

Go to System Preferences and click Siri. Or you can just ask Siri to open Siri Preferences.

In Siri Preferences, you can:

  • Turn Siri on or off
  • Change the language or dialect that Siri expects you to use
  • Change the gender and dialect of the voice that Siri uses when speaking to you
  • Turn off voice feedback so that Siri shows results silently

Get help


Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

MacOS Sierra has a stricter Gatekeeper with not allowing Apps from unidentified developers and as a result will annoy us with saying that application is damaged and cannot be opened.

How to Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) for MacOS Sierra?

With the following 2 options:

Option 1

For a certain application run in Terminal:

sudo xattr -rd /Applications/

Option 2

To disable checks globally (example: allow apps from anywhere) run in Terminal:

sudo spctl --master-disable


Downgrade macOS Sierra to El Capitan


There are three key aspects when you are considering a downgrade from macOS Sierra to El Capitan. These are as follows:

  1. First You will have to Erase the macOS Sierra from your Mac
  2. Next you will have to Re-install El Capitan
  3. Check that your System is stable

Usually this process is pretty easy and safe if you had chosen a second partition for using the beta install. It is always a good idea to do so if you are trying to install a beta edition of the OS X.

Lets proceed with the detailed steps for each of the above milestones. Please make sure that your machine is  connected to a wi-fi with internet access before your proceed.

Erasing the existing macOS Sierra

  • Restart your Mac from the  menu
  • Hold Down Command +R keys together upon hearing the chime and hold the keys till you see the Apple logo appear on the screen. This launches your Mac into the recovery mode
  • Select Disk Utility from your OS X utilities
  • Select the indented volume name of your startup disk from the left side of the Disk Utility window, then click the Erase tab.
  • Type in Macintosh HD for the name as Mac OS Extended from the format list and then choose Erase
  • Close the Disk Utility window

Reinstall El Capitan

Now that the macOS Sierra has been erased from your drive, you will need to re-install the OS X El Capitan.

  • Re-install OS X from OS X utilities and choose the OS X El Capitan Installer.once the process is complete, restart the Mac.
  • Invoke Recovery mode while the Mac is starting up by pressing together the Command + R keys.
  • Open your OS X Utilities. From your OS X Utilities menu, click Restore from Time Machine Backup. We are assuming that you had made a complete backup before installing the macOS beta on your machine.
  • Select your Time Machine backup disk
  • Select the backup you want to restore from
  • Click Continue and follow the instructions to reinstall OS X and your backed up files.

Check Your System

  • At this point, you have erased macOS Sierra and re-installed El Capitan. Restart your Mac and you should be all set to go.
  • In the case, you run into issues in starting your Mac or Macbook after the El Capitan re-install, you may have to check some of your kext settings if you hadn’t already taken care of it prior to the beta install.