Cortana

How to Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18305.1003, Microsoft separated the Search and Cortana UI by giving them individual buttons and flyouts on the taskbar. The separate Search and Cortana features are currently only available for some Windows Insiders using A/B testing.

If you have been included in this A/B testing, you can select to hide or show the separate Search and Cortana buttons on the taskbar now.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the separate Cortana button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Get Windows 10 Mobile Phone Notifications from Cortana on Windows 10 PC

Cortana is your digital cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services to help you get things done.

When you sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft account, you can get Android or Windows 10 Mobile phone notifications on a Windows 10 PC.

When this feature is enabled on both your Windows 10 Mobile phone and PC, Cortana will tell you on your PC when you when your battery is low and when you miss a phone call, text message, or app notification.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off your Windows 10 Mobile phone to send phone call, text message, and app notifications from Cortana to your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Get Android Phone Notifications from Cortana on Windows 10 PC

Cortana is your digital cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services to help you get things done.

When you sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft account, you can get Android or Windows 10 Mobile phone notifications on a Windows 10 PC.

When this feature is enabled on both your Android phone and PC, Cortana will tell you on your PC when you miss a phone call, text message, or app notification from your phone. You’ll also be able to respond to text messages from the PC.

This tutorial will show you how to setup your Android phone to send phone call, text message, and app notifications from Cortana to your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Turn On or Off Speech Services and Typing Suggestions in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can use your voice to do things like talk to Cortana or Store applications, and use your typing history and handwriting patterns to create a local user dictionary that makes better suggestions for you. Microsoft will use your voice input to make cloud-based speech services work even better.

To use cloud-based speech recognition (ex: Cortana), Getting to know you (speech services and typing suggestions) must be turned on because speech services exist both in the cloud and on your device. When your Diagnostic and usage data setting is set to Full, your inking and typing input data is sent to Microsoft, and this data is used in the aggregate to improve the inking and typing platform for all users. As part of inking and typing on your device, Windows creates a user dictionary that stores unique words like names you write, which helps you type and ink more accurately.

When Getting to know you is turned off, you can’t speak to Cortana, and your typing and inking user dictionary will be cleared. Speech services that don’t rely on the cloud, like Windows Speech Recognition, will still work. Typing suggestion and handwriting recognition using system dictionary will also continue to work.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off speech services and typing suggestions (Getting to know you) for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Collect Activity History in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, Microsoft added settings that let you to view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off.

Your collected activity history allows you to jump back into what you were doing with apps, docs, or other activities, either on your PC or your phone. To resume your activities, Windows needs to collect your PC activity.

If you like, you can enable or disable letting Windows collect User Activities.

If enabled, “Let Windows collect my activities” will be turned on for all users, but users will be able to turn this setting on or off for their account.

If disabled, “Let Windows collect my activities” will be turned off for all users, and users will not be able to turn this setting on or off for their account.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Activity history settings to let Windows collect User Activities for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Connect Cortana to Gmail Account in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

Cortana can provide you more value and personalized experiences when your accounts and services are connected.

Microsoft has added the ability to connect your Gmail account from Google to Cortana. Like with other connected services, connecting your Gmail account will allow you to use Cortana to access information like your contacts, calendar details, and email content from Gmail to give you personalized experiences and relevant suggestions in Microsoft products that offer Cortana experiences.

This tutorial will show you how to connect your Google Gmail account as an added service to Cortana for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Cortana Floating Search Bar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, there is a hidden new floating Search bar that can be enabled for a more immersive Cortana that Microsoft is testing. This new look is similar to Apple’s macOS Spotlight Search feature.

When you enable the floating Search bar, you can either press Win+S or click/tap on the Cortana icon (taskbar) to open the new floating Search bar UI.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Cortana floating Search bar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Clear Your Activity History in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, Microsoft added settings that let you to view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off.

Your collected activity history allows you to jump back into what you were doing with apps, docs, or other activities, either on your PC or your phone. To resume your activities, Windows needs to collect your PC activity.

This tutorial will show you how to clear the collected activity history for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Collect Activity History in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, Microsoft added settings that let you to view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off.

Your collected activity history allows you to jump back into what you were doing with apps, docs, or other activities, either on your PC or your phone. To resume your activities, Windows needs to collect your PC activity.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allowing Windows 10 to collect activity history for your account on the PC.

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How to Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

If Cortana is not working, then reinstalling the app package for Cortana and re-registering Cortana may help fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to reinstalling and re-registering Cortana for only your account (current user) or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Cortana Pick up where I left off in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, Cortana can help you pick up where you left off. When you switch computers, Cortana can display quick links in the Action Center to help you easily get back into Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently. For example, if you were working on a PowerPoint deck on your laptop, when you later return to your desktop, a link to that deck appears in the Action Center.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Pick up where I left off in Cortana for your Microsoft account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana SafeSearch Setting in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

There is a SafeSearch section in Cortana settings that allows you to change your search filter levels to Strict, Moderate, or Off. This Cortana SafeSearch setting will override your Bing SafeSearch setting when viewing the Cortana web search results in your browser (ex: Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer).

This tutorial will show you how to change the Cortana SafeSearch filter setting for web search results for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Cortana Suggested Reminders in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

Cortana already gives you reminders for people, places and times, and helps you make and manage to-do lists so you don’t forget a thing. Now, Cortana can give you suggested reminders to help you remember things you’ve said you would do in your emails—without you even having to ask.

Using machine learning technology developed in partnership with Microsoft Research, Cortana automatically recognizes when you make a commitment in email messages and will proactively suggest a reminder to you to follow through at just the right time.

When you mentioned things to do or important dates in email, Cortana can suggest reminders and notify you about them across your devices so you don’t miss anything.

For example, try emailing yourself a commitment like “I will send you the report by Friday” and look out for that suggested reminder from Cortana.

Cortana does all the work in the background making this helpful feature incredibly easy to use. To get started, simply send emails as you would normally and when you’ll do something, Cortana will recognize that and save the details in a suggested reminder for you. If you’ve specified a deadline in the email, Cortana will ping you before it’s due and save it in the action center. Other suggested reminders will be in the Cortana home. No need to copy her on the email or change how you do things today, she will adapt to you.

As of February 9th 2017, Cortana’s suggested reminders are available in the U.S. on Windows 10 with support coming to iOS and Android soon. The feature currently supports Outlook.com and Office 365 work and school email addresses with support for other email services coming soon.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off getting suggested reminders from Cortana for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Cortana Send Notifications and Information between Devices in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

Cortana can send notifications and information between devices to tell you on this Windows 10 PC what is happening on your other devices that you are also signed in with your Microsoft account. This includes low battery warnings, phone calls or texts, what you last worked on, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana to send notifications and information between devices for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Language in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana is optimized for specific language and market pairings. She works best when your region, speech language, and display language settings are aligned.

Cortana uses the same language as your region language by default, but you can specify your specific region language for the Cortana language . For example, if your device primary language is English (United States), but you’re from England, you can tell Cortana to use English (United Kingdom) to better understand you.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Cortana language to a specific region language for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Cortana Location Permissions in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

To help you get around when you visit places, learn your routines by collecting changes in your location, and learn which places are important to you, Cortana needs your device location data. Cortana can save commonly visited places as your favorites, and these also appear in other Microsoft services such as the Maps app. This feature will let Cortana help you by giving you traffic alerts before you need to leave or sending reminders based on location like “You’re near the grocery store, where you wanted to buy milk.” Cortana collects your location periodically even if you’re not interacting with her, as in when you connect to Wi‑Fi or disconnect from Bluetooth. When using Cortana, she also has access to your device location data and will automatically send it to Bing when Cortana suggests web search terms and results for Bing to use

You can manage permissions for what Cortana can see and use for your account in Windows 10.

You can choose whether Cortana accesses your location information in order to give you the most relevant notices and results and to make suggestions that help save you time, such as traffic information and location-based reminders. If you grant permission, Cortana will regularly collect and use your current location, location history, and other location signals (such as locations tagged on photos you upload to OneDrive). Location information collected by Cortana may also be used in de-identified form to improve the Windows Location Services.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana using your location and location history in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Cortana Contacts, Email, Calendar, and Communication Permissions in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

To personalize your experience and provide the best possible suggestions, Cortana accesses your email and other communications and collects data about your contacts (People) like their title and/or suffix, first name, last name, middle name, nicknames, and company name. If you receive and/or call, email, or text someone, Cortana collects that person’s email address or phone number.

Cortana helps you bridge the gap between text messaging on your phone and instant messaging on your PC (mobile messaging rates may apply). When you’ve signed in on your PC and your phone with the same Microsoft account, you can create a new text message on your PC and Cortana will help you send the text from your phone. In the same way, Cortana can notify you on your PC when you miss a call on your phone and help you reply to the caller with a text message right from your PC.

You can manage permissions for what Cortana can see and use for your account in Windows 10.

You can choose to let Cortana access your device and cloud-based email and other communications, your calendar, and your contacts in order to enable additional features and personalization. If you give permission, Cortana will access additional data including:

  • Text messages and email. Cortana accesses your messages to do a variety of things such as: allowing you to add events to your calendar, apprising you of important messages, and keeping you up to date on events or other things that are important to you, like package or flight tracking. Cortana also uses your messages to help you with planning around your events and offers other helpful suggestions and recommendations.
  • Communications History. Cortana learns who is most important to you from your call, text message, and email history. This data is used to keep track of people most relevant to you and your preferred methods of communication, flag important messages for you (such as missed calls), and improve the performance of Cortana features such as speech recognition.
  • Calendar appointments. Cortana access your calendars in order to provide reminders and information relevant to your appointments.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana permissions for using your contacts, calendar details, email and content, and communication history from messages and apps in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Cortana Using Your Microsoft Edge Browsing History in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

You can manage permissions for what Cortana can see and use for your account in Windows 10.

If you allow Cortana to use your browsing history, Microsoft will collect your Microsoft Edge search queries and full browsing history, associated with a user ID. Cortana will use this data to learn about you and provide you with timely and intelligent answers and proactice personalized suggestions, or to complete web tasks for you. Cortana won’t collect information about sites you visit in InPrivate tabs.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana using your browsing history for personalized suggestions and help pick where you left off on Microsoft Edge websites in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Text Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box text to solid, semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box text for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Highlight Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box highlight to opaque (white), semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

You will see the Cortana search box highlight when you hover the pointer over the search box.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box highlight for your account in Windows 10.

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