Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10 as your personal assistant. Cortana is one click away on the taskbar, helping you find the things you need while proactively bringing you information you care about. Cortana can help you search in Windows 10 for apps, settings, and files as well as searching the web. Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders. You can access Cortana with your voice by clicking the microphone icon, then speaking to set reminders or ask about weather, sports, finance and other content from Bing. If youâ€™re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say â€śHey Cortana,â€ť and you wonâ€™t need to click on the microphone icon.
Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316, you can manually enable Hey Cortana on your lock screen if you would like to give it try now. Hey Cortana is not enabled by default in this build since Cortana is slow on the lock screen and animations can be laggy, while in some cases, the â€śHey Cortanaâ€ť command doesnâ€™t seem to be recognized correctly. Microsoft is still working on it, but it will be enabled by default for all users when ready in the Anniversary Update coming this summer.
This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Hey Cortana on the lock screen for your account in Windows 10.