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

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

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

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    04 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


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


    Cortana, your personal productivity assistant, helps you stay on top of what matters and save time finding what you need. Simply type or speak requests in natural language to connect with people, manage your schedule, find a free hour, set a reminder, add a task, and more. You can also find local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and finance updates.

    With the Windows 10 May 2020 Update version 2004, you now have access to a new Cortana experience that offers an emphasis on productivity, helping you quickly find the information you want across Microsoft 365. Cortana in Windows 10 features a chat-based UI that gives you the ability to interact with Cortana using your voice or the keyboard.

    Cortana in Windows will assist you in better managing your schedule and tasks. You can speak or type requests to check your calendar, set a reminder, or add to your lists in Microsoft To Do. And you can look up local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and finance information with Bing search.

    The "Hey Cortana" Voice Activation (VA) feature allows users to quickly engage the Cortana experience outside of his or her active context (i.e., what is currently on screen) by using his or her voice. Users often want to be able to instantly access an experience without having to physically interact touch a device. For phone users this may be due to driving in the car and having their attention and hands engaged with operating the vehicle. For an Xbox user this may be due not wanting to find and connect a controller. For PC users, this may be due to rapid access to an experience without having to perform multiple mouse, touch and/or keyboard actions, e.g. a computer in the kitchen.

    Voice activation provides always listening speech input via predefined key phrase(s) or "activation phrases". Key phrases may be uttered by themselves ("Hey Cortana") as a staged command, or followed by a speech action, for example, "Hey Cortana, where is my next meeting?", a chained command.

    The term Keyword Detection, describes the detection of the keyword by either hardware or software.

    Keyword only activation occurs when only the Cortana keyword is said, Cortana starts and plays the EarCon sound to indicate that it has entered listening mode.

    A chained command describes the ability of issuing a command immediately following the keyword (like “Hey Cortana, call John”) and have Cortana start (if not already started) and follow the command (starting a phone call with John).

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana voice activation to start listening when you say Cortana for your account in Windows 10.


    It is required to turn on online speech recognition services to be able to turn on and use Cortana voice activation.

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

    It is required to allow the Cortana app access to the microphone to use Cortana voice recognition.



    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Cortana Voice Activation in Cortana Settings
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Cortana Voice Activation in Settings
    • Option Three: Turn On or Off Cortana Voice Activation using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Cortana listening with voice activation
    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_listening.png






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Cortana Voice Activation in Cortana Settings


    1 Open Cortana.

    2 Click/tap on the Menu (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_permissions-1.png

    3 Click/tap on Permissions under This device. (see screenshot below)

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_permissions-2.png

    4 Click/tap on Voice activation, and go to step 2 in option 2 to turn on or off Cortana voice activation. (see screenshot below)

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_permissions-3.png






    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off Cortana Voice Activation in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    2 Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Turn On Cortana Voice Activation

    A) Click/tap on Voice activation on the left side, and turn on Allow apps to use voice activation. (see screenshot below)

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_voice_activation-1.jpg

    B) Turn on Cortana starts listening when you say "Cortana" under Choose which apps can use voice activation on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    C) Go to step 5 below.

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_voice_activation-2.jpg


     4. To Turn Off Cortana Voice Activation

    This is the default setting.


    A) Click/tap on Voice activation on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Turn off Cortana starts listening when you say "Cortana" under Choose which apps can use voice activation on the right side.

    C) Go to step 5 below.

    How to Turn On or Off Hey Cortana Voice Activation in Windows 10-cortana_voice_activation-3.jpg


    5 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Turn On or Off Cortana Voice Activation using a REG file


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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Settings\VoiceActivation\Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 _8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

    AgentActivationEnabled 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 Cortana Voice Activation

    This step will also turn on the required item: Allow apps to use voice activation


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

    Turn_ON_Cortana_voice_activation.reg

    Download


     3. Turn Off Cortana Voice Activation

    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_Cortana_voice_activation.reg

    Download

    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

    6 When prompted, click/tap 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



  1. hTconeM9user's Avatar
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    Windows 10x64 Home Version 1909 (Build 18363) 900
       #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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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Tutorial updated for Windows 10 version 2004.
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    This tutorial appears to be wrong for v2004 - I have no option for voice activation:
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
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       #4

    Steve C said:
    This tutorial appears to be wrong for v2004 - I have no option for voice activation:
    Hello Steve,

    Ah, this may be the problem then.

    This setting in Cortana just takes you to option 2. Is option 2 available for you?
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