Cortana

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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How to Change Cortana Search Box Background 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 background to opaque (white), semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

While the Cortana search box background is fully transparent, the color of the taskbar will show through it.

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

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How to Change Color of Cortana Search Box to White in Windows 10

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

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14946, you can change the color of the Cortana search box to white when set to show a search box on the taskbar instead of an icon.

The default color of the search box will be a faded version of the color you selected to show on the taskbar.

This tutorial will how you how to change the color of the Cortana search box on taskbar to white for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Hey Cortana on Lock Screen in Windows 10

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 you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’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 “Hey Cortana” command doesn’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.

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How to Connect your Xbox Live Account to Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is your clever new personal assistant. Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

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

By connecting Xbox Live to Cortana, you enable Cortana to access and use information stored on Xbox Live services and perform actions on your behalf in Xbox Live. With this capability, Cortana will be able to help you stay up to date, see and update your Xbox Live information, get insights about your gaming activity as well as provide you with relevant content, updates opportunities and offers as well as notifying you of your friends availability to play and scheduling game sessions per your request.

This tutorial will show you how to connect or disconnect your Xbox Live account from Cortana for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Cortana Taskbar Tidbits in Windows 10

Cortana is your clever new personal assistant. Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

Cortana can display Taskbar Tidbits from time to time with thoughts and greetings in the Search box. The Taskbar Tidbits of Cortana are basically messages such as “Good Morning!”, “Need something, Brink?”, “What would you like me to do, Brink?”, etc..

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off displaying Cortana Taskbar Tidbits for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10. 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 you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’t need to click on the microphone icon. Cortana can learn your preferences and provide smarter recommendations over time. You can manage Cortana’s Notebook to add interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather so Cortana can proactively offer recommendations and information for you. Keep in mind, Cortana is new to the desktop – things might not work as expected.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability of all users to turn on Cortana in Windows 10.

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How to Clear Your Personal Data and Info from Cortana

When you use Cortana, Microsoft collects and uses information including your device location information and location history, contacts (People), voice input, searching history, calendar details, content and communication history from messages and apps, and other information on your device. In Microsoft Edge, Cortana collects and uses your browsing history.

This information is saved on your device, in your Cortana Notebook, and in the cloud on the Bing.com dashboard.

This tutorial will show you how to clear what Cortana stored about you on your Windows 10 PC and in the cloud on the Bing.com dashboard.

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How to Change the Name Cortana Uses for You in Windows 10

Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10. 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 you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’t need to click on the microphone icon. Cortana can learn your preferences and provide smarter recommendations over time. You can manage Cortana’s Notebook to add interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather so Cortana can proactively offer recommendations and information for you. Keep in mind, Cortana is new to the desktop – things might not work as expected.

This tutorial will show you how to change the name Cortana uses for you, or how Cortana pronounces it in Windows 10.

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How to Have Cortana Learn your Voice for ‘Hey Cortana’ in Windows 10

Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10. 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 you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’t need to click on the microphone icon. Cortana can learn your preferences and provide smarter recommendations over time. You can manage Cortana’s Notebook to add interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather so Cortana can proactively offer recommendations and information for you. Keep in mind, Cortana is new to the desktop – things might not work as expected.

This tutorial will show you how to have Cortana learn your voice to respond best to you saying Hey Cortana in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10. 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 you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’t need to click on the microphone icon. Cortana can learn your preferences and provide smarter recommendations over time. You can manage Cortana’s Notebook to add interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather so Cortana can proactively offer recommendations and information for you. Keep in mind, Cortana is new to the desktop – things might not work as expected.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to let Cortana hear and respond anytime you or anyone says ‘Hey Cortana’ in your account in Windows 10.

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How to Create a Cortana Settings Shortcut in Windows 10

Cortana is included as an integrated part of the desktop in Windows 10. 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 you’re really adventurous, go into Cortana Settings, enable hands free use to say “Hey Cortana,” and you won’t need to click on the microphone icon. Cortana can learn your preferences and provide smarter recommendations over time. You can manage Cortana’s Notebook to add interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather so Cortana can proactively offer recommendations and information for you. Keep in mind, Cortana is new to the desktop – things might not work as expected.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a shortcut that opens directly to Cortana settings for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Cortana in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

Microsoft Edge has your chatty personal assistant, Cortana, right in the address bar. She’s there to help you do things faster and easier—like make reservations and get at-a-glance directions to the perfect dinner spot. When you stumble across a topic on the web you’d like to know more about, Cortana is your ready and able, all-knowing guru. Highlight the word or phrase of interest, press and hold (or right-click) it, and then Ask Cortana —she’ll tell you all about it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to have Cortana assist you in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.

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