Microsoft’s very own personal assistant Cortana has just debuted on the Windows 11/10 and this surely means a lot to the users. Since a desktop or a laptop is the epicenter of our work, we tend to organize our schedule and plan our work for the day on our PC.
Cortana has been one of the wittiest personal assistants I have come across and it also manages to get some brownie points on the utilitarian front as well. The “remind me” feature is something I have been using on my Windows Phone (and now Android!) for long and Cortana has always lived up to my expectations.
Thankfully, Microsoft has not merely ported Cortana to Windows 10 PC, but it has made some tweaks so that the digital assistant is tailor-made to suit the PC user’s requirement. That being said Cortana on PC can do all the tasks it’s Mobile counterpart does, but additionally it can also help you lookup files, access Microsoft Edge hands-free and also integrate with other apps for a truly seamless experience. Apart from all the previously mentioned features, Cortana is able to perform yet another powerful function of composing and sending a new mail.
Use Voice Commands to write Email using Cortana on Windows 11
To use voice commands to write email using Cortana on Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Press Win+S and search for Cortana in the search box.
- Click the microphone icon and say write an email.
- Type the email address of the recipient or say it as voice command when it asks you to do so.
- Say the message body after clicking the microphone icon.
- Again, click the microphone icon and say Send.
It will send the email to the selected recipient.
Write & send email using Cortana
We would walk you through some of the steps that would enable Cortana to compose, edit and send a email in a jiffy, just by using voice commands. The entire task pivots on the feature called “Hey Cortana” which would wake up Cortana and let you dictate her a mail.
Enabling “Hey Cortana”
Hey Cortana can be enabled by clicking on the Cortana search box on the left side of your desktop right above the Start menu. Click the Notebook button to access Cortana notebook, which it uses to keep a tab on your preferences and interests. The best part is that your preferences and Interests would already be synced to the PC if you have been using it on any other device.
Once inside the Notebook, select Settings and toggle the option Let Cortana respond to ‘Hey Cortana’. Once toggled on, Cortana will respond to your voice but before that, it will take you through a short process of read outs just to learn how you speak.
Writing a mail
All you need to do is say “Hey Cortana write an email” Next Cortana will ask you whom you want to send the e-mail to, you can say a person’s name or the nickname of the person by which you have saved his contact in the address book. You can also say multiple people name by separating the addresses by “and”.
Cortana will ask you for the subject and then it will move on and ask you for the content in the body of the e-mail. In case you need to make some changes anywhere just say Make Changes and Voila! Cortana will heed to your orders.
Cortana will also display a Continue in “Your default mailbox” option and additionally it will also help you choose from the other e-mail accounts you have set up in the Windows Mail app.
Read: How to use Cortana without Voice Commands
Can I dictate an email using Cortana?
Yes, you can dictate an email using Cortana on Windows 11 and Windows 10. You do not need to use your keyboard to type the email on these operating systems. You can use the Hey Cortana voice command to start using Cortana to write the email. It uses the default mailbox to send the email.
Try it and see how you like it!
PS: There is more you can do with Cortana, than just search!