We actually live in the future, so let's work the way we are. For decades we have undoubtedly opened a word processor such as Pages and clicked or tapped our way to start a new document. What is wrong with that? It is not necessary. We all have a digital assistant in our iPhone, one that can launch a new Pages document upon oral request.
Well, Siri will not work immediately if you ask to start a new Pages document. If you immediately ask Siri to do this, the Pages assistant starts, but nothing else. Of course you can do that and then work with Pages manually to start a new document, but you can let Siri play by setting the assistant to start a new document type when you say so.
: Make sure you have Both apps
To let Siri start a new document on command, we have to program a bit. And even if you've never written a line of code in your life (like me), you can follow it. We use shortcuts, built into iOS 12 and higher, to quickly enable Siri's ability to open a new document.
You need both shortcuts and pages on your iPhone. If you do not have one or both of these apps, no problem. They can be downloaded for free from the App Store:
Step 2: Prime Siri for a suggested shortcut
After checking whether you have the apps, first open Pages and then tap the plus sign (+) in the top right corner or "Create Document" if applicable. Tap & # 39; Empty & # 39; and feel free to leave the app. If you do this, Siri & # 39; New blank document & # 39; offered as a suggested shortcut.
Alternatively, you can do the same for & # 39; Empty Landscape & # 39 ;, creating a & # 39; New Empty Landscape Document & # 39; or another of the other templates, if you use these more often than the standard blank. The Siri suggestion that would appear for templates is & # 39; New [Templare Title Name] Document & # 39 ;.
Now Siri create the new document the radar is on, you can create your shortcut. There are two ways to tackle this, both options are relatively easy. However, if you prefer to skip building shortcuts, know that the first option is definitely the easiest. We only show the process for the "empty" document, but the process is the same for the empty landscape document and other templates, only with name changes.
The easiest way to create this shortcut is to go through a shortcut proposed by Siri. Siri Suggestions analyze your behavior in iOS and offer shortcuts and quick promotions to make your iPhone experience more efficient.
If you use iOS 12, open Settings and tap "Siri & search". If you see "New empty document" under Suggested shortcuts tap it. If this is not the case, tap "All Shortcuts" to search for and select it. You can then enter a command or type here, depending on whether you have enabled " Type to Siri" or not. If Siri didn't hear you well, you could tap "Re-Record Phrase" to do exactly that. Tap "Done" when done.
Siri Suggested Shortcuts in iOS 13
If you use iOS 13, you will find Siri Suggestions in the Shortcuts app. So open shortcuts and then tap & # 39; Gallery & # 39; at the bottom of the screen. You will see Apple's default sentence for the "New Blank Document" shortcut in the Shortcuts section of your apps . If you don't see it right away, tap "View All" to find it. Once you have it, select it.
"New blank document" is the sentence you speak to Siri by default, but you can adjust it before creating the shortcut yourself. Tap the window Add to Siri under when I say to adjust the sentence to your liking. If you are satisfied with your sentence, tap "Add to Siri" and your shortcut will be saved.
The second way to start is to create your own shortcut. Whether you work on iOS 12 or iOS 13, you need the Shortcuts app to do this. Start it and then tap the plus sign (+) at the top right of the "My Shortcuts" tab. Now tap the search bar at the bottom of the screen. On iOS 13, you can also tap the "(+) Add Action" button.
Search for "New empty document". You should see it appear on the left with a Pages logo. Tap the action to load the command into the shortcut editor. Although you can merge any number of additional assignments and actions here, let's stop now because we've already completed the assignment that we wanted to create.
Now things change a bit depending on the version of iOS you have
Tap the Settings button in the top right of the editor. Here you can customize your shortcut with a name, icon, color, etc. However, the most important item here is choosing a command that Siri must recognize.
Tap "Add to Siri" and then record or type a command here, again depending on whether "Type to Siri" is enabled or not. As with Option 1, you can tap "Re-Record Phrase" if Siri was not quite right. When done, tap "Done" and then "Done" again to save the shortcut.
By default, Siri must recognize the name of the shortcut in iOS 13 as the sentence to use it, but you can also customize it. Tap the ellipse (•••) at the top right to open the view Details . Enter your sentence here in the "Shortcut name" field. You can tap the microphone button to record the sentence with your voice, but the end result is the same. This change limits the steps required to create a shortcut, because the name of your shortcut is simply the command used for Siri. Tap "Done" when done.
Step 4: use your new shortcut  Whichever method you choose, you give Siri the opportunity to start a new Pages document for you. Simply activate Siri and then pronounce your chosen sentence. Pages & # 39; s start up and a new blank paper is opened. You just have to start writing. (Or, maybe that can wait until tomorrow.)
This article was produced during Gadget Hacks special reporting on the use of your smartphone to increase productivity. View the entire Productivity series.