Hey Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Hey Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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.

    For more information about Cortana, see: What is Cortana - Microsoft Windows


    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.

    Note   Note
    Cortana will need to be already turned on in your account to be able to turn on "Hey Cortana".

    You will need to have a compatible microphone connected to your PC to be able to use "Hey Cortana". If your microphone was not designed for Cortana, you may be asked if you would like to try to set up the mic anyway.

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    Tip   Tip
    Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10547, you can now use Cortana with local accounts as well as with a Microsoft account.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Hey Cortana in Cortana Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Hey Cortana using a REG file

    EXAMPLE: Hey Cortana
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    Hey Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Hey Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Hey Cortana in Cortana Settings

    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Hey Cortana

    A) Click/tap in the search box or Cortana icon (Windows+S) on the taskbar, click/tap on Settings, and turn on Hey Cortana. (see screenshots below)

    B) Check or uncheck Keep by device from sleeping when it's plugged in so I can always say "Hey Cortana" (unless I turn it off myself).

    C) Select (dot) Cortana to Respond when anyone says "Hey Cortana" or Try to respond only to me. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    Respond when anyone says "Hey Cortana" = Cortana will respond to anyone that says "Hey Cortana", but Cortana may not be able recognize everyone's voice pattern.

    Try to respond only to me = Cortana will respond to only when you say "Hey Cortana". Cortana needs to learn your voice to respond best to you, so you will need to click/tap on Learn my voice before you will be able to select To me. If Cortana doesn't always respond to when you say "Hey Cortana", then you can click/tap on Relearn my voice to see if that may help.


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     3. To Turn Off Hey Cortana

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) TClick/tap in the search box or Cortana icon (Windows+S) on the taskbar, click/tap on Settings, and turn off Hey Cortana. (see screenshot below)

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    Hey Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Hey Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Hey Cortana using a REG file

    Note   Note
    This option is available starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316.


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Preferences

    VoiceActivationOn DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Hey Cortana

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_ON_Hey_Cortana.reg

    download


     3. Turn Off Hey Cortana

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_OFF_Hey_Cortana.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



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       2016-01-07 #1

    I have set up a USB headphones and Mike on my laptop.
    I use her all the time to find me sites and forums.
    A lot better than the one Google has.
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