Cortana Tips and Tricks for Windows 10 users

Cortana is one of the best features found in Windows 10, whether it be on the desktop or mobile. The digital voice assistant comes with several excellent features, but we’re going to talk about the most useful of the lot, and those are the one we’re going to focus on today. These Cortana tips and tricks will help you get the best out of this feature.

Cortana Tips and Tricks

Cortana Tips and Tricks

First, we assume that you have setup Cortana. So now, let’s begin, and be sure to tell us about your favorite Cortana features, and also how you’ve been enjoying her lately, in the comments section.

1] Change Cortana’s language

If you wish, you can change the language which Cortana speaks. To be able to change Cortana’s language on Windows 10, you will have to first install the language on Windows 10.

2] Reminders

Cortana is capable of reminding folks of important events if you tell her to. Users can even command the voice assistant to wake them up and anytime. Just say, “Hey Cortana, Wake Me Up At ‘Add Time Here.’” It’s pretty useful, especially when used from a Windows smartphone.

3] News and Weather

Say what you will, but keeping up with the news and the weather is vital. With Cortana, it is possible to add your favorite news topic, and the voice assistant will showcase new stories based on those keywords. Depending on the settings used, Cortana can also alert users whenever recent reports are available. You can also make Cortana display Weather information for multiple locations. Users can even view weather updates from their defined location.

4] Currency Conversion

For the folks who are paid in a different currency from their own, having a currency converter on hand is imperative. Being able to use Cortana for these tasks made our lives that much easier. We’re sure others feel the same way we do about this awesome feature.

5] Define and Translate Words

Hey, not 100 percent sure what is the meaning of the word, “Emoji”? That’s fine; Cortana can look it up for you.

6] Eat and Drink All The Time

You love to eat, right? Right? Of course, you do. See, we have something in common, because we also like to eat food and drink cocktails. With that out of the way, how about allowing Cortana to recommend some great places close your location where all the great tasting foods are cooked? This assistant is smart enough to keep tabs on these things.

7] Keeping up with Shipped Packages

Have you ever shipped a package to your home from a faraway country, but can’t be bothered to visit the shipping company’s website, or where the item was bought? Well, would you look at that, we have another thing in common.

Cortana makes things easier by allowing folks to add shipping numbers. To keep up with what is going on, just simply tap Cortana on the shoulder and the assistant will reveal what needs to be known.

8] Write Email

Cortana can perform yet another powerful function of composing and sending a new mail. See how to use Voice Commands to write Email using Cortana on Windows 10.

9] Use Cortana in Edge browser

Did you know that you can use Cortana in Edge browser? Yes, you can. Cortana, powered by Bing, is built directly into Windows 10. This means that things users can do with the voice assistant on Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Phones are possible in the Edge web browser.

10] Make Cortana shut down your PC

You can use Cortana to Restart, Log Off or Shutdown your Windows 10 computer using voice commands.

11] Launch Cortana with 3 finger Tap

You can also enable 3-finger Tap to launch Cortana on Windows 10. Check how you can launch Cortana with 3 finger Tap.

12] Make Cortana search with Google

Don’t prefer Bing? Go ahead and make Cortana search with Google, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo.

There is more!

Apart from this, you can:

These are just a few of what Cortana can do to make your life that much easier. Test them out today and let us know if you have other Cortana tips and tricks!

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  1. Rose

    It all sounds so wonderful, but Cortana can’t even hear my voice, and I have even asked a computer tech to help me with that and she still can’t hear me no matter how loud, low, high, normal, that I talk. Even changed speakers to see if that could help. Does anyone else have this problem?

  2. NWaff

    Works great!

  3. PapaRimsky

    changing speakers would have certainnly not helped. Perhaps, calibrating your mic and changing it would.
    PS look, how do you think speakers can affect Cortana???

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