I'd like to be able to enter a command that registers a speakable word that OS/X can listen for all the time. When the user speaks that word, it should launch an app. Similar to the "OK google" idea.

But is this possible these days? Last I heard of people doing this was in 2010.

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If you go to System preferences -- Accessibility-- Speakable items In settings turn on speakable items, and you can provide a keyword. After saying the keyword you can say commands.

  • There's no such thing in yosemite.
    – Selfy
    Feb 9, 2015 at 16:05
  • Yes, Yosemite does things a little differently, but you can still set up your own voice keywords: macworld.com/article/2834532/…
    – calum_b
    Feb 9, 2015 at 22:46
  • That article appears to be out of date already.
    – Selfy
    Mar 10, 2015 at 1:05

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