Using Cortana in Windows 10 - dummies

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 10 has also jumped on board the voice command boat. If you plan to use voice commands with Windows 10, it’s time you met Cortana. You may notice an odd box on the taskbar, just to the right of the Start button. That’s Cortana, your new digital assistant bundled with Windows 10. Cortana helps you find information, both on your computer and on the Internet.

For example, type a few words from one of your files into the box, and Cortana should find the file and list its name, ready for you to open it with a click. Cortana should do the same if you type the name of a setting or program.

Cortana also understands your verbal commands, if your computer’s microphone is powerful enough. Click the little microphone in the box and say your command. Or, you can adjust the settings so Cortana listens for your command. When you say the words, “Hey Cortana,” Cortana responds to your request.

Or at least, she usually does. Cortana takes some time to grow used to your voice, and you need time to grow used to her limited vocabulary.