You Can Drag and Drop Siri Image Results into Other Applications on Your Mac

There are some pretty cool things you can do with Siri in macOS Sierra, including search the web for images. But what if you want to use one of those images in an email, or other app? All you need is a drag and drop.

It’s really easy, so let’s explain how it works. Activate Siri by either clicking its icon in the menu bar, Dock, or using the keyboard shortcut Option+Spacebar.

Siri lets you search for images either on your Mac or on the Internet via Bing. When it finds images, it will display the first twelve results.

If you want to see more images than the ones Siri shows you, click on “See more images in Safari”. When you do this, it will return not only the first twelve images, but many more beyond that.

So, let’s say you want to share a picture of Pikachu with a friend or family member via iMessage or Mail. You could do it the traditional way by searching and then dragging it into your application, but it’s far faster and easier to just do this from Siri.

Once Siri returns image results, you just click on one, drag it out of Siri, and drop it wherever you want.

Here we’ve created a message in Mail where we’ve dragged and dropped our image from Siri. You can do this with whatever image results Siri returns.

You’re not limited to pasting into applications, either. You can also simply drop images into a folder for later use.

You can even drag the image of the actual results such as if you wanted to have a friend pick their favorite.

You’re not limited to Mail, iMessage, or other Apple applications. You can drag and drop images into virtually any application you want, whether it is Microsoft Word, Slack, Facebook, or something else. If you can copy and paste an image into it, then you can do it from Siri as well.

Now, the next time you’re texting your friend and you reference something they don’t recognize or understand, you can show them what you mean with a quick Siri image search.

Matt Klein is an aspiring Florida beach bum, displaced honorary Texan, and dyed-in-wool Ohio State Buckeye, who fancies himself a nerd-of-all-trades. His favorite topics might include operating systems, BBQ, roller skating, and trying to figure out how to explain quantum computers.