Enable and use Cortana in Edge browser

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 is possible in the Edge web browser. But first, you will have to enable Cortana in Edge. Once you have done this, you will be able to use the digital assistant to carry out many functions.

For instance, if a user visits the website of a restaurant, he or she will have the option to get directions from Cortana. She will bounce up and down in the address bar, which alerts the user that it is possible to get directions to the location of this business establishment. Instead of opening a new window to show the relevant information, Cortana opens the data in a sidebar from the right section of Edge. Everything looks seamless and smooth, and doesn’t come on as a distraction.

Enable Cortana in Edge browser

Cortana integration in Edge

I am assuming that you have correctly set up Cortana in Windows 10. Once you have done this, fire up your Edge browser, and click on the 3-dotted More actions link. Click on Settings and then on Advanced settings.

Here, move the slider to the On position, against the Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge setting.

That is all you need to do. Now try Cortana in Microsoft Edge browser and see how it works for you.

When you open Edge and visit a web page where Cortana has some answers for your, Microsoft Edge will display the Ask Cortana icon in the address bar. When the icon animates, it means it has some answers for you.


Selecting it, will show you the details on the right side of the screen. If you wish to ask Cortana about something on the web page, select the phrase and click on the Ask Cortana icon. You will get your answers.


If you use Cortana, then from time to time, you may want to also clear Cortana Search Content. If you do not use Cortana, you can always Turn Off Cortana in Windows 10.

More Edge browser tips and tricks here and Cortana Tips and Tricks here.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Alberto Gorin

    Speech recognition never understand me but soon now to I try to play with it

  2. Ron Morales

    I just shut off my cortana at the search window and now it will not turn back on at the same place,any suggestions?

  3. AdamBoy64

    Thanks for the assistance. Turns out I didn’t read through all the advanced options.

  4. treeky

    I do everything but I can’t still make Cortana icon appear at the right side of URL

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