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    Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10

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    05 Feb 2015 Last Updated: 2 Days Ago at 17:10

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    How to Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10

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    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 youíre 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 isnít 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. Youíre 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 donít sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they wonít be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

    Signing in to Cortana with your Microsoft account allows Cortana to keep track of what interests you, save your nickname or favorite places to the Notebook, give you your notifications from other devices, and share data youíve saved between Windows and non-Windows devices with Cortana enabled. On Windows, you can decide to give Cortana permission to use other data, including your location and location history, contacts, browsing history, calendar details, and content and communication history from messages, apps, and notifications. On Android and iOS, you can control some of these permissions through the app permissions in the systemís settings. To help you follow things that interest you, such as your favorite sports teams, stocks you are tracking, interesting news, and restaurants, you can add and remove items from the Notebook. When signed in, Cortana displays and uses interests from other Microsoft apps or services like the Sports and News apps. Using Connected Services or Skills, Cortana can also connect you to services from other companies, like Uber, for additional personalized experiences using data shared with or received by the other company.

    Users have to be a certain age (13 or older) to use Cortana. When a user tries to sign into Cortana, she checks the age setting for that particular Microsoft account, and users she identifies as too young cannot sign in or have a personalized Cortana experience. But Cortana on Windows will still be there to help those users search the web or perform other tasks that donít require any personal data.

    Signing out of Cortana clears the data Cortana has associated with that device. Your data associated with other devices will remain intact until you sign out from Cortana on those devices as well. Signing out of Cortana on your device stops Cortanaís data collection and use on that device and clears the interests and data on that device, but signing out wonít clear the data thatís already saved in the Notebook or at account.microsoft.com/privacy. On Windows, even after youíve signed out of Cortana, characters you type into the taskbar search box are automatically sent to Bing and offer search recommendations. Your typed characters and searches will continue to be collected and used as described in the Privacy Statement. If you prefer not to send any character data to Microsoft, choose not to use Cortana. If you like, you can even hide Cortana. And if you want to search for files on your device, such as documents or photos, you can always use the search feature in File Explorer.

    For more information about Cortana, see:


    This tutorial will show you how to sign in and sign out of Cortana with your Microsoft account to turn on or off Cortana's personlization 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 a local account as well as with a Microsoft account. However, you will still need to sign in to Cortana with a Microsoft account to turn on Cortana's personalization.

    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 ďHow tall is the Eiffel Tower?Ē, 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, sheíll 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.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana's Personalization
    • Option Two: To Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana's Personalization



    EXAMPLE: Cortana






    Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10
    To Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana's Personalization

    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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    Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Cortana Personalization in Windows 10
    To Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana's Personalization

    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


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  1.    05 Feb 2015 #1
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    Another good one, Shawn!

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  2.    05 Feb 2015 #2
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    Yep good one Shawn too late though
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  3.    05 Feb 2015 #3
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  4.    05 Feb 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
    Yep good one Shawn too late though
    Never.
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  5.    06 Feb 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfruth 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?

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  6.    06 Feb 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by alkaufmann 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.    06 Feb 2015 #7
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    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.    06 Feb 2015 #8
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    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.    06 Feb 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 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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