Hey Cortana How Do I Get You To Listen To Me?

Hey Cortana How Do I Get You To Listen To Me?

Windows 10 has a virtual assistant named Cortana but to get the most out of it you’ll have to activate it. Without a little bit of research on your part might hailing Cortana might fall on deaf ears. Here’s a quick start guide to getting Cortana’s attention.

Cortana can do a lot of things for you by voice commands on your PC. For example it can help you manage your calendar, track packages, find files, search the net, tell you what the weather forecast is chat with you, and even tell jokes. Since Cortana can be trained to your voice, the more you use Cortana the more is leans your habits and patterns and the more customized your results will be.

Here’s how to get Cortana working for you.

1) Click on the Start button


2) Click on Settings


3) Type Cortana into the Search Bar


4) Click on Cortana & Search Settings


This will bring up the settings screen for Cortana.

Turn “On” blue radio button for Cortana to get it to give you more suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more.  Turn on blue radio button “Hey Cortana” to get Cortana listening to your commands.  You can choose respond best to “To Anyone” and Learn My Voice. Cortana will now begin the process of learning your voice and your computer habits. As the training progresses you will find that your results start getting much better. Now start having fun with Cortana your new personal assistant!


Author: Howard Sobel

Co-Founder, Windows User Group Network (WUGNET) Chairman, Association of Software Professionals 2014- Present Co-Founder, AppVisor.com

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