How to Set Up Cortana on Windows 10?

Today we are going to present an article on the setting-up of Cortana. So many of you have this question regarding the procedure to set up Cortana while using Windows 10. Before we start this topic, you should know about Cortana.

Cortana is a virtual assistant provided by Microsoft. It helps you save time and maintain focus on your priority tasks. You may be using some 3rd party application for this while you have an excellent one from Microsoft. You only need to activate this through some easy steps. Those steps are the topic of our discussion today. So, let’s start.

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How to Set Up Cortana on Windows 10

Here in this section, we are going to discuss how to set up Cortana on Windows 10. Following are the ways to set up Cortana on Windows 10:

1. Sign-in to Get Full Access

You can use a few functions of this app without being signed-in. But you have to sign-in to your Microsoft account to use all of the services from Cortana. We are going to explain the procedure.

First, select the Cortana icon on the taskbar. You will get the icon on the right of the taskbar. When you click on the icon, you will see a menu window. Select the house icon on the left side. Here you will find a button saying ‘Cortana can do much more’.

You have to click on that button. It will give you a Sign-in option. Click on it and follow the instructions.

2. Set Up Cortana

Once you signed in, you can use all the services offered by Cortana. Then click on the Cortana icon on the taskbar. You can see the menu window of Cortana is opening.

Click the Settings gear icon within that window. You will get so many options in that section. The first option controls the search function’s voice activation. You don’t need that, so you can turn off this detection by switching off the Hey Cortana.

This is how you can save your battery if you are using a laptop. You can also turn it off when you are using a PC without a microphone. Also, you can manually activate a voice search by tapping on the Cortana icon in the taskbar. You can also use shortcuts by pressing Windows+C keys at the same time.

But you should check that the shortcut is enabled or not. In case it is not, you can do it from the setting. Go to setting; choose the option ‘talk to Cortana’. Then hit the option ‘Let Cortana listens for my commands when I press the Windows logo key +C’. You can also select your preferred language from here.

The permission tab is also important to use this app. It can access so much information about your device. You have to decide from those which you are comfortable to share with Cortana. If you have any doubts regarding the working process of Cortana, you can click on the more details tab to learn more about that.

3. Show or Hide the Icon

If you don’t want to see the Cortana icon in your taskbar, you have the option to hide it. Do a right-click on the taskbar. A menu appears; select the Show Cortana button. It will remove the checkmark next to it.

This action will hide this app icon. If you want the icon to reappear, you have to follow some simple steps. Select the Show Cortana button option again. It will add a checkmark next to it.

4. Cortana Home

You will get the menu of Cortana when you click on the app icon on the taskbar. You can see so many options here along with the option to give your command. There are three main sections of this menu. These are Home, Notebook, and Devices.

You can give your instructions through voice in the Home section. Also, you will see it as a house-shaped icon on the left side of the menu. You can use the Notebook section to manage your reminders, to-do lists, and the skills that Cortana can use to manage your life and work.

The devices section is to manage and add Cortana devices or other connected devices like Amazon Alexa device or your surface headphones.  

5. Cortana Notebook

This is the most important section. It is the way to input the details regarding you as a user. It will also help to customize the skill and tasks it can help you to manage. You can add or use a wide variety of tools that will help you to manage your hobbies or daily tasks.

There are two major divisions of this section: Organizer and Manage Skills. You can track your to-do lists, tasks, and reminders with the help of the Organizer. Manage skills helps you keep up to date with your tasks.

You can also manage things like home appliances, streaming music, or social media and email accounts with those skills.

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6. Manage Accounts

Cortana’s manage accounts skill helps you to connect any Microsoft or third-party services that Cortana can access. You can add services like Office 365, Outlook, Gmail, Skype, and LinkedIn and even sportily with this app.

You can get the Manage account skill by going to the taskbar. Select the option Notebook from Cortana. Then go to the Manage skills option. Here you will get the Manage Accounts option. In that, you will get the link button. Hit that button to link any service you want to.

7. Reminders

Cortana can also set reminders for you, as like Siri and Amazon Echo. Just go to the Notebook option where you will get the “Reminders to set one up” option. Here you can set your reminders.

You can also manage your existing reminders. You will get the choice to add or delete reminders manually from this menu. To create a new one, click the plus symbol in the right corner button.


Cortana is one of the most useful apps offered by Microsoft. Also, it helps you manage your calendar, your schedule, and your reminders and alarms. It tracks your usage and helps you to be productive. We have mentioned all possible ways to enable and use this in Windows 10.