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Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: August 05, 2020 06:24PM
How do you use Siri Shortcuts. I’m completely oblivious. I’ve watch a couple YouTube videos and read on Apple’s pages but while I do get some of the easier ones (cuz it’s like Automator right?). Can someone help me understand. I’d prefer responses to be from you smarty pants and not just “Google it.”

Thanks everyone in advance!

Jerry



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Re: Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: August 05, 2020 09:24PM
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Jerry®
How do you use Siri Shortcuts. I’m completely oblivious. I’ve watch a couple YouTube videos and read on Apple’s pages but while I do get some of the easier ones (cuz it’s like Automator right?). Can someone help me understand. I’d prefer responses to be from you smarty pants and not just “Google it.”

Thanks everyone in advance!

Herry

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Re: Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 05, 2020 10:27PM
i don't use them extensively but there are a few handy one. you can scroll through the Gallery in the Shortcuts App and see if a function is useful for you. I have no idea how to create one from scratch.

Some of the ones I use:
Siri, Find My Son (because I look for him a lot in Find Friends)

Siri, Remind me when I get home to... (sets up a prod to do something when i arrive home because i'm bound to forget.)

Siri, Overcast Skip, Back, Next (Overcast is a podcast app that I listen to while exercising)



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Re: Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 06, 2020 08:03AM
Feature overload with little if any GOOD documentation that is readily available to users. A friend in his 70's who is a long time Apple user complains regularly about the difficulties he encounters get work done that he used to be able to do with ease (YES, his mind IS sound). Today's Millenial / Snowflake / Twinks seem to be incapable of taking complex technical issues and explaining them in ways that "normal" people can use. My first Mac (a Performa 6300) came with a FANTASTIC User Manual. Several years later when Apple dropped its' superior documentation, David Pogue, a then Technical Writer for The NY Times, started writing what became a very successful series of "Missing Manual, the Book That Should Have Been In The Box" books. I believe MR Pogue left the Times and, don't know whatever happened to him. We could sure use a Technical Writer of MR Pogue's calibre now. old fogey smiley
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Re: Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: August 06, 2020 11:38AM
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testcase
Feature overload with little if any GOOD documentation that is readily available to users. A friend in his 70's who is a long time Apple user complains regularly about the difficulties he encounters get work done that he used to be able to do with ease (YES, his mind IS sound). Today's Millenial / Snowflake / Twinks seem to be incapable of taking complex technical issues and explaining them in ways that "normal" people can use. My first Mac (a Performa 6300) came with a FANTASTIC User Manual. Several years later when Apple dropped its' superior documentation, David Pogue, a then Technical Writer for The NY Times, started writing what became a very successful series of "Missing Manual, the Book That Should Have Been In The Box" books. I believe MR Pogue left the Times and, don't know whatever happened to him. We could sure use a Technical Writer of MR Pogue's calibre now. old fogey smiley

I loved all the Missing Manuals by Pogue - for Mac OS X, iMovie, etc



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Re: Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 06, 2020 05:35PM
Now on to magnets...



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Re: Siri Shortcuts make me feel stupid how do they work?
Posted by: Mactel
Date: August 09, 2020 10:51AM
They are basically just strings of commands you can arrange on order to make life easier.

For example, I made one that I named "Time to Cook"

When I tell Siri, "Time to Cook" she runs the Shortcut and does the following:

- Wake Apple TV
- Turn on kitchen light
- Play "the music i entered that I'm into right now"
- Hand off music to the Apple TV

So when I get downstairs, the kitchen light is one and music is playing all from one command.

A few others I like are Turn On or Off Apple TV to wake or put it to sleep, Open Netflix (or whatever Apple TV app you have, this will wake up the Apple TV and open Netflix, Disney+, whatever. I also made one I called "Time for Bed" that turns off all my smart lights in the house.

Hope this helps!
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