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    Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

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


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

    Note   Note
    This will only turn on or off Cortana the personal assistant, and not the Cortana process (SearchUI.exe) used by Windows Search.

    Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn't available or is turned off, you can still use search.

    See: Cortanas regions and languages - Windows Help -


    Cortana will need access to your device location and location history to work properly, so the Windows location service must be turned on for your device, user account, and the Cortana app.

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

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, you will be able to get started using Cortana right away without any set up or sign-in. The goal here is to make it really easy for people who are new to Cortana to try Cortana out. Without setting up or signing in to Cortana, you can ask Cortana simple questions about the world like “How tall is the Eiffel Tower?”, conduct a web search, have her tell you a joke or search documents on your device. As you find Cortana more useful and want her to do more for you, she’ll ask you to sign-in and ask for only the details needed to help you out. The best experience for Cortana will still be a signed in experience with complete personalization, but Microsoft is excited to give even more people the opportunity to get to know Cortana. This update will be available to everyone when we release the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition this summer.


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    EXAMPLE: Cortana






    Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana

    1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon on the taskbar, click/tap on the Notebook icon, and click/tap on About Me. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on your Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on your Microsoft account, and click/tap on the Sign out link. (see screenshot below)

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    Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana

    1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon on the taskbar, click/tap on the Notebook icon, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on your Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If your Microsoft account is not listed or you need to create one, then click/tap on the Microsoft account option instead and follow the given setup instructions.


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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Mar 2014
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       2015-02-05 #1

    Another good one, Shawn!

    -Chuck
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  2. Joined : Nov 2013
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       2015-02-05 #2

    Yep good one Shawn too late though
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  3. Joined : Feb 2015
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       2015-02-05 #3

    Was thinking of buying a webcam so I could use her ...

    NEW! 2.0MP Metal USB Webcam, Powered by USB, Metal Camera, 2.0 Megapixel - Newegg.com
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2015-02-05 #4

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Yep good one Shawn too late though
    Never.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
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       2015-02-06 #5

    rfruth said: View Post
    Having a webcam is one thing, getting Windows 10 TP to find the USB 3.0 port where it is plugged is another. :-(

    One question I have about Cortana, is it always listening to what you say?

    Ak
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       2015-02-06 #6

    alkaufmann said: View Post
    One question I have about Cortana, is it always listening to what you say?

    Ak
    Currently, you're suppose to click/tap on the microphone icon in the search box before Cortana starts to listen.

    However, you never know.
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  7. Joined : Mar 2014
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       2015-02-06 #7

    What about the "Hey Cortana" command? I suppose it would be listening to you all the time if you have that enabled.
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  8.    2015-02-06 #8

    After a clean install the other night, Cortana seems to be further crippled. The clean install reset a lot of things over and above what the rollup the other day did. Still tryin to sort it all out.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2014
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       2015-02-06 #9

    Chuck38 said: View Post
    What about the "Hey Cortana" command? I suppose it would be listening to you all the time if you have that enabled.
    I would think Microsoft may run across some privacy concerns like Samsung and their Smart TV which if I heard right feeds what it heard to a third party that translates what you say into TV commands.
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