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

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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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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 Cortana in Microsoft Edge in Microsoft Edge Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Cortana in Microsoft Edge using a REG file


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Microsoft Edge Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Microsoft Edge Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Cortana in Microsoft Edge in Microsoft Edge Settings

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app.

2. Click/tap on the More actions button at the top right corner, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on View advanced settings towards the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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4. Do step 5 or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Turn On Cortana in Microsoft Edge

A) If you have not already, you will first need to turn on Cortana for your account in Windows 10.

B) Turn on Have Cortana assist me in Project Spartan. (see screenshot below)

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 6. To Turn Off Cortana in Microsoft Edge

A) Turn off Have Cortana assist me in Project Spartan. (see screenshot below)

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

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The .reg files below make changes to the registry DWORD value in the key below.

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\LinksBar
Enabled DWORD

0 = off
1 = on


1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Cortana in Microsoft Edge

A) If you have not already, you will first need to turn on Cortana for your account in Windows 10.

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

Turn_On_Cortana_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

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 3. To Turn Off Cortana in Microsoft Edge

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

Turn_Off_Cortana_in_Microsoft_Edge.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. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.

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



That's it,
Shawn