After following my suggestions on how to upgrade the PC to Windows 10, you have successfully updated to the latest operating system from Microsoft and now you are about to discover the new features. Among all of them, the most intriguing is the one related to Cortana, the voice assistant designed by the Colossus of Redmond: you have heard that, thanks to it, it is possible to give commands and instructions to the PC, also through voice, and you would like to experience its potential first-hand. You don't have much experience using Windows 10, however, he resorted to Google for instructions on how to activate Cortana and you ended up in this guide of mine.

Well, you couldn't be more lucky, because by reading this tutorial, you will learn how to perfectly use the Windows voice assistant in no time: in fact, below, I intend to show you some of the most useful commands that you can use and I intend to explain to you in detail how to activate the voice assistant and the "Ehi Cortana" function, which allows you to activate it by voice and without touching a mouse or keyboard.

How do you say Have I really intrigued you? Perfect, so let's get started right away. Take some time off, get comfortable and keep reading this tutorial: I am sure that once you have finished reading, you will be able to properly serve yourself with all the potential that Cortana makes available. Enjoy your reading and, above all, have fun!

How does Cortana work?

As I explained to you in the introductory words of this tutorial, Cortana is the Windows 10 voice assistant, whose job is to help the user to perform a series of operations using specific commands: for example, you can use Cortana to search files or folders, start programs manage adjustments, Read the news of the day, Arrange (or move) appointments in the program carry out translationsset alarms And much much more

Mainly, it is possible to use Cortana in at least two different ways: the first is to give it commands through the keyboard, taking advantage of the specific research area; the second involves the pronunciation of instructions for you (on this aspect I will return to the next section). However, Cortana is able to understand written (or dictated) commands in natural language, making it possible to communicate with him using sentences and concepts that are anything but schematic. Below is a list of instructions Cortana can understand.

  • What time is it / how long ago / how much traffic is there.
  • Remind me (to do something).
  • Make an appointment (date and time) with (contact).
  • Send e-mail to (contact).
  • Set the alarm to (time) / Show my alarms / Disable alarm (time).
  • Play (file, playlist, album, or music genre).
  • Find File (name of a file).
  • Open (name of a program).
  • Translate (word or phrase) to (language).
  • Enable / disable (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, location, network, airplane mode and other quick actions).
  • Convert (currency) to (another currency).

How to activate Cortana in Windows 10

Now that you fully understand how it works, it's time to understand how to activate Cortana en Windows 10. In general, the voice assistant is automatically activated during the installation (or restart) of the system, so it can be used immediately after logging into Windows.

To use it, you must click on the circle located in the attached search area. taskbar Windows (marked by redaction Type here to search ), or on the button with the Cortana logo (in the form of Circle ) placed in the immediate vicinity of the button comienzo : if necessary, confirm the desire to activate Cortana by pressing the button certainly that appears on the screen, and then indicate yours name in the following table

Once you have completed these operations, you can start using Cortana immediately: for example, you can search application, papers or in website using the appropriate buttons located on the voice assistant screen, reopen a Office document previously pending, make an appointment In the Windows calendar, view the news of the day (according to your preferences) or issue other commands by typing them in the corresponding text area.

Alternatively, if you intend to control Cortana with your voice, taking advantage of the vocal commands I've illustrated above, you should click on the icon in the form of microphone placed in the search area located in the system tray, and then speak the instructions that interest you (eg. remind me to go to the dentist at 18) and finish everything by following the on-screen instructions.

note : If Cortana Search suddenly stops working, you can try to restore it by restarting the relevant process from Task Manager. To do this press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Esc, Press the button More details and then on the card processes, placed on top. From there, identify the article Cortana hacer right click in it and choose the option ends from the proposed context menu: in this way, you will force Windows to restart Cortana automatically. If even this method doesn't work, I advise you to restart the PC.

How to enable «Ehi Cortana»

In the course of this guide, you have learned to activate Cortana in Windows 10 and to make the most of the basic functions of the voice assistant: as you may have noticed, however, it has always been necessary to call Cortana interacting with the device in question, then with a click of the mouse or a touch on the screen .

And if I told you that you can call Cortana even with your voice, then without touching the PC or tablet you're using? Well that's correct: Microsoft's voice assistant can be invoked by saying the words at any time Hello cortana ! This feature is disabled by default, but you can still quickly enable it with a few clicks or tapping. How? I will tell you immediately.

First, click on the Cortana Research Area or on its icon attached to Windows task bar (the one in the shape of a resident circle immediately next to the button comienzo ) and press the button (I.e. located to the left of the menu that appears on the screen. Alternatively, you can open the menu comienzo, click on the same button and, once in the panel adjustments, press the icon Cortana and then in the section Talk to Cortana.

At this point, you can enable Hello cortana go ahead en the switch located immediately below the item Allow Cortana to reply to "Hey Cortana" : Press the button certainly to grant authorization to activate voice recognition (and to send some data to Microsoft) and, if necessary, act on the switch again to enable the functionality.

After a few moments, you should see additional settings related to speech recognition on the screen: if you want the PC or tablet to not turn off when connected to the mains, you can check the box next to the input Prevents the device from going sleep while connected, so you can always say "Hello Cortana" (unless you decide to turn it off).

Also, you can decide if the voice assistant can be called with someone or only your voice: you can tell Cortana to recognize your voice by clicking on the link Learn about my pronunciation for "Hey Cortana", then press the button launch that appears on the screen and follow the instructions provided. In general, you should be asked to repeat the phrases that appear on the screen.

If you want to invoke the voice assistant even when the device is locked, you can put the check mark next to the switch corresponding to the input Use Cortana even when my device is locked.

note : The ability to retrieve Cortana through the "Hey Cortana" formula may affect the duration of the battery, since the microphone will always remain active.