By now, you’ve probably heard that Siri’s voice commands are becoming much easier to understand.
If you’re a Siri user, you’ll likely have been doing some digging to find out what these new commands actually mean.
In the past, these commands could take the form of simple commands like “open up the file” or “open a file.”
They were sometimes simple enough that you could just type them in.
Now, Siri is using “read” to open the file in a new tab.
And it’s using “write” to write to the file.
Siri has also changed how it displays these commands.
“Write” now reads from the right side of the screen instead of from the left.
If your command reads to the left, you’re now in the command’s “read-only” mode.
If it reads to either the left or the right, you are in “read and write” mode, which means you can’t interact with Siri in this way.
You can still write to your file in “write-only mode,” though.
Siri can also read from the file as you type it.
For example, it could read the line “write file contents to the device.”
Siri can’t actually read files out of the clipboard, but it can use these commands to open files.
“Read-only, read-write mode” is the default mode of operation for most of Siri’s commands, so you’ll be able to use the “read command” to read a file from the clipboard.
And for the first time, Siri can tell you the difference between a command that reads out of a file and a command to open a file.
You’ll also be able use these new “read commands” to do things like write to files that aren’t on the local device, read text from files on the computer, or read text directly from the computer’s keyboard.
But the new commands can be tricky to understand, and even harder to interpret in the wild.
So let’s break them down.
Read command To read a text file, you need to use a command like “read.”
For example: Open a file (open it) in a browser to read it.
(Open a file with a file extension).
(Open an file in text mode.)
Read command (open command) Read a file as text in the browser (text-mode).
(open a text-mode file in browser).
Read command “read from the device” (open file) to read out of it.
Read and write command (write command) Write a file to the computer.
(write file to computer) Write file contents out to the phone (write).
“Write command” is used to open text files in the web browser, and it reads from either the right or left side of your screen.
When you press the “write command,” Siri reads the text out of that file.
It’s up to you whether you want to use this to open an entire file or just a small portion of the file—if you want it to open as a text document.
If a text editor or other text editor isn’t installed on your phone, you can use the keyboard shortcut to open that text file in the Web browser.
For instance, if you open a text to text file using “open command,” you can type in the text “open file.”
If you use “write and write commands,” Siri writes out the contents of the text file to your phone.
If the text is a paragraph, you write it in the same way.
If not, you just write it out in the document’s tab bar.
“Open file” and “read or write” commands are used by the WebKit-based WebKit browsers.
The “read, write, and open” commands open the current document and read out the text from the current line to the right of it—so you can copy and paste text from your document to Siri’s browser and see what it looks like.
(This feature, known as “transparency mode,” was introduced with Chrome and Firefox.)
“Write and open command” works in the exact same way, but instead of opening the current page, you type in a text that contains a line break and then press the command.
“The word you type is a newline, and the cursor stays on that line until you move the cursor to the end of the line.”
“Read command” uses the same command syntax as “write,” but you don’t need to type a linebreak or other character to read from Siri’s clipboard.
If Siri sees a line that ends in a blank line, it interprets it as a command from the WebView browser, which uses the “open line” command.
The command that Siri uses to open Siri’s WebView is “open,” and you can also use it to write text.
You need to press the keyboard shortcuts for “read [command