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Simply say “Hey Cortana” to activate your hands-free helper while on the road, in the kitchen, or while driving the kids to soccer practice. She even recognizes other languages. Here’s how to set up Cortana.

Cortana language, permissions, notifications

Set up Cortana on Windows 10 Cortana will run through set up the first time you try to use the assistant.
  1. Launch the Cortana app from Start or by clicking on the Cortana button on the task bar. It’s the circle icon next to the icon.
  1. Click Use Cortana.
  2. Click Yes if you want speech, inking, and typing personalization turned on. This helps Cortana get to know you better and can help her complete various tasks. You can also choose No thanks if you don’t want this feature turned on.
Now Cortana is all set up and ready for you to use. Simply type something into the search bar, and watch her do her magic, searching apps, files, and the Internet. Turn on Cortana voice recognition
  1. Press + S to open Cortana.
  2. Click on Settings to open Cortana settings.

  1. Turn the slider on for Let Cortana respond to “Hey Cortana.”
Train Cortana to respond to you voice only You can train Cortana to try to only respond to your voice, that way not just anyone passing by can shout out Hey Cortana. To do this you need to train Cortana to listen to your voice. Make sure you are in a quiet place before you start these steps.
  1. Press + S to open Cortana.
  2. Click on Settings to open Cortana settings.

  1. Click on Learn how I say “Hey Cortana.”
  2. In the Cortana panel, click on Start.
From here, Cortana will instruct you to say a few sentences out loud, so make sure you say them loudly and clearly. Once you’re done, Cortana will know your voice and respond only to your commands.