How to Search the Internet with Cortana in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Cortana, the Windows 10 personal assistant, works inside Microsoft Edge to help you find extra information about things you find online. Clicking a website’s links lets you jump easily to other places online.

But what if you want to know more about something that doesnt have a clickable link? For example, what if you spot an address for a paleo-diet-friendly donut shop and want to see it on a map? What if you see a term you don’t understand, and you simply want more information about it?

That’s where Ask Cortana comes in. Here’s how it works:

  1. When visiting a web page in Microsoft Edge, highlight the terms you want to explore.

    Double-click a word or term, for example, to highlight it. Or, point at the beginning of a phrase, hold down the mouse button, and — while holding down the mouse button — point at the end of a phrase. Release the mouse button, and you’ve highlighted the entire phrase.

  2. Right-click the highlighted information and choose Ask Cortana from the pop-up menu.

    Cortana appears on the screen’s right edge. The little robot searches the Internet for pertinent information for a few seconds and then displays it, as shown here.

    Cortana teams up with Microsoft Edge to find information about terms found online.
    Cortana teams up with Microsoft Edge to find information about terms found online.

Cortana may display information from Wikipedia, as well as information and images from Bing, Microsoft’s search engine.

If Cortana didn’t find enough detailed information, scroll down to the bottom of Cortana’s information pane. There, you find a link to search for the term on Bing, which gives you more control over your search.