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Getting the Job Done with Shortcuts: An Introduction for Blind Users (SHORTCUTS)

Anna Dresner
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With iOS 12, Apple has made it possible to use one command to perform a series of steps, giving you the ability to personalize your devices to easily perform the tasks most relevant to you. You can set up a shortcut to go to a website, send a message to a friend, skip to the next chapter of a podcast, or find your AirPods with a single command! Technology writer Anna Dresner provides a clear and concise introduction to Siri Shortcuts, which are based on the tasks you already perform, as well as how to create, edit, and share shortcuts in the new Shortcuts app. Using real examples, Dresner shows how to put steps (called actions) in a sequence and configure them with parameters so they do what you want. Example shortcuts start out simple and get increasingly complex, so you can learn as much as you want and find useful shortcuts regardless of your interest level. She also helps you find shortcuts created by others and figure out where to learn more.

Download these shortcuts from iCloud:

  • Dice: Repeated Actions, and Using Variables to Control a Shortcut
  • Guess the Number: If/Otherwise
  • Table of Contents
    Introduction
    Siri Shortcuts
    Shortcuts Based on Tasks You Perform
    Shortcuts Built into Apps
    The Shortcuts App
    An Overview of the Shortcuts App
    The Gallery
    Shortcut Settings
    Adding a Shortcut to Your Home Screen
    Running Shortcuts from the Today Screen
    Editing the Shortcuts Screen
    Editing a Shortcut
    Sharing Your Location: Using Location and Messages Actions
    Creating a Shortcut
    Speaking the Current Date and Time
    Smarter Airplane Mode: Changing Device Settings
    Looking Up a Word: Asking for Input
    Downloading a File: Clipboard and URLs
    More Complex Shortcuts
    Using Siri Suggestions in the Shortcuts App
    Exploring Shortcut Actions
    Getting the News You Want: Menus, Lists, and RSS Feeds
    Adding Data to the Health App: Variables
    Converting Between Celsius and Fahrenheit: Dictation, Math, and Output
    Final Options for Doing More
    Dice: Repeated Actions, and Using Variables to Control a Shortcut
    Guess the Number: If/Otherwise
    Sharing Shortcuts
    Appendix: Additional Resources