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Windows is the first PC platform to provide centralized AI assistance to you. Together with Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat), Copilot in Windows helps you get answers and inspirations from across the web, supports creativity and collaboration, and helps you focus on the task at hand. Do more with Copilot in Windows!

Important: 

  • Copilot in Windows is currently available as a preview. We will continue to experiment with new ideas and methods using your feedback.

  • Copilot in Windows (in preview) is available in select global markets and will be rolled out to additional markets over time. Learn more

  • At Microsoft, we're guided by our AI principles, our Responsible AI Standard, and decades of research on AI, grounding, and privacy-preserving machine learning. Data privacy and security is a key principle of responsible AI. We aim to help our customers use our AI products responsibly, sharing our learnings, and building trust-based partnerships. To learn more about how Copilot in Windows uses your data to assist you, see Copilot in Windows: Your data and privacy.

Get started with Copilot in Windows

To get started, just select the new button on the taskbar to launch Copilot in Windows, or press  + C. Copilot in Windows connects to Microsoft Copilot (previously known as Bing Chat) using the same Microsoft account or Microsoft Entra account used to sign-in to Windows. When you use a work or school account, your experience may be a little different. For more information, see the Copilot in Windows: work and school accounts section.

Screenshot of the Windows taskbar with the Copilot in Windows icon selected.

Note: If you're signed in with a local account, Copilot in Windows isn't available.

Interact with Copilot in Windows  

Copilot in Windows appears as a side bar docked to the right. It doesn't overlap with your desktop content and runs unobstructed alongside your open app windows allowing you to interact with Copilot in Windows anytime you need.

Screenshot of the Windows desktop using the light theme with the Copilot in Windows sidebar displayed, which matches the theme.

Having Copilot in Windows docked doesn't interfere with using Snap Assist; you can arrange your open app windows just how you want them. When you use Alt + Tab to bring focus to a specific app from Copilot in Windows, use  + C to switch focus back to Copilot in Windows when needed. If you need to close Copilot in Windows, just select the  at the top like you would for any other app. When you reopen Copilot in Windows, it opens exactly how you left it with your previous chat content intact. Copilot in Windows also respects your Windows theme including high contrast themes.

Screenshot of the Windows desktop using the dark theme with the Copilot in Windows sidebar displayed, which matches the theme.

Chatting with Copilot in Windows  

You can ask Copilot in Windows a range of questions, from simple to complex. If you want to call your family in Cyprus, you can quickly check the local time to make sure you’re not waking them up in the middle of the night. Want to plan a trip to visit them in Cyprus? Ask Copilot in Windows to find flights and accommodations for mid-winter break. While you're typing into the chat pane, Microsoft Copilot provides autocomplete assistance to make chatting easier. Just use Tab to accept the suggested text. To start fresh with a new chat thread, use the New topic button to clear your previous chat conversation.  

Copilot in Windows has the ability to use the context from Microsoft Edge to enhance the response. You can ask it to summarize a webpage you're viewing without having to provide the website address or copy and paste long text. Copilot in Windows integrates with the clipboard and provides the ability to drag and drop images to provide rich interaction, allowing you to get things done faster.

Three different chat tones are available for Copilot in Windows. You can toggle the tone of chat from Precise, which focuses on shorter, more search-focused answers, to Creative, which gives responses that are longer and more descriptive. The middle setting, Balanced, is somewhere in-between. 

Screenshot of the chat tones for Copilot in Windows with the  "More Balanced" tone selected.

Copilot in Windows can help you be more efficient

Copilot in Windows allows you to perform common tasks and change settings in Windows. Change your Windows theme from light to dark mode, turn on do not disturb, or add Bluetooth devices. You can even open apps, organize your app windows, and more!

Screenshot of the Copilot in Windows chat pane. The pane displays that a person used the phrase "Turn on dark mode". Copilot in Windows responded with a yes or no confirmation prompt asking if dark mode should be turned on.

Change Windows settings

In the chat pane try any of these:

  • Turn on dark mode

  • Mute volume

  • Change wallpaper

Perform common tasks

In the chat pane try any of these:

  • Take a screenshot

  • Set a focus timer for 30 minutes

  • Open File Explorer

  • Snap my windows

Launch troubleshooters

In the chat pane try any of these:

  • Why isn't my audio working?

  • My camera isn't working

  • I can't update my device

Important: 

  • Copilot in Windows (in preview) is available in select global markets and will be rolled out to additional markets over time. Learn more. Copilot in Windows 10 functionality is limited and has specific system requirements.   

  • Copilot in Windows 10 will have a phased launch via controlled feature rollout over the coming months. If you are interested in experiencing Copilot in Windows as soon as it’s available to you, you can do so by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, turn on "Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available" and then Check for updates.

    • Windows 10 Pro edition devices on version 22H2 that are managed by organizations will not be included in the initial rollout of Copilot in Windows. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education edition devices on version 22H2 will also not be included in the initial rollout of Copilot in Windows.

  • Copilot in Windows 10 is unable to perform common Windows tasks, like changing settings, or launching troubleshooters.

  • At Microsoft, we're guided by our AI principles, our Responsible AI Standard, and decades of research on AI, grounding, and privacy-preserving machine learning. Data privacy and security is a key principle of responsible AI. We aim to help our customers use our AI products responsibly, sharing our learnings, and building trust-based partnerships. To learn more about how Copilot in Windows uses your data to assist you, see Copilot in Windows: Your data and privacy.

Get started with Copilot in Windows 

To get started, press  + C, or use the Copilot in Windows icon located on the right end of the taskbar. If you want to show or hide the icon from your taskbar, right-click on the taskbar then select Show Copilot (preview) button to clear the checkmark from the option.

Copilot in Windows isn’t currently supported when your taskbar is located vertically on the right or left of your screen. To access Copilot in Windows 10, make sure your taskbar is positioned horizontally on the top or bottom of your screen. If you’re not seeing Copilot in Windows, see How to get Copilot in Windows 10

Copilot in Windows connects to Microsoft Copilot (previously known as Bing Chat) using the same Microsoft account or Microsoft Entra account used to sign-in to Windows.

Screenshot of the Windows 10 taskbar with the Copilot in Windows button.

Note: If you're signed in with a local account, Copilot in Windows isn't available.

Interact with Copilot in Windows   

Copilot in Windows appears as a side bar docked to the right. It doesn't overlap with your desktop content and runs unobstructed alongside your open app windows allowing you to interact with Copilot in Windows anytime you need. 

Screenshot of the desktop with the Copilot in Windows 10 sidebar displayed.

Having Copilot in Windows docked doesn't interfere with using Snap Assist; you can arrange your open app windows just how you want them. When you use Alt + Tab to bring focus to a specific app from Copilot in Windows, use  + C to switch focus back to Copilot in Windows when needed. If you need to close Copilot in Windows, just select the  at the top like you would for any other app. When you reopen Copilot in Windows, it opens exactly how you left it with your previous chat content intact. Copilot in Windows also respects your Windows theme including high contrast themes.

Screenshot of the Windows 10 desktop using the dark theme with the Copilot in Windows sidebar displayed, which matches the theme.

Chatting with Copilot in Windows   

You can ask Copilot in Windows a range of questions, from simple to complex. If you want to call your family in Cyprus, you can quickly check the local time to make sure you’re not waking them up in the middle of the night. Want to plan a trip to visit them in Cyprus? Ask Copilot in Windows to find flights and accommodations for mid-winter break. While you're typing into the chat pane, Microsoft Copilot provides autocomplete assistance to make chatting easier. Just use Tab to accept the suggested text. To start fresh with a new chat thread, use the New topic button to clear your previous chat conversation.

Copilot in Windows has the ability to use the context from Microsoft Edge to enhance the response. You can ask it to summarize a webpage you're viewing without having to provide the website address or copy and paste long text. Copilot in Windows integrates with the clipboard and provides the ability to drag and drop images to provide rich interaction, allowing you to get things done faster.

Three different chat tones are available for Copilot in Windows. You can toggle the tone of chat from Precise, which focuses on shorter, more search-focused answers, to Creative, which gives responses that are longer and more descriptive. The middle setting, Balanced, is somewhere in-between.  

Screenshot of the chat tones for Copilot in Windows 10 with the "More Balanced" tone selected.

Copilot in Windows: work and school accounts

Copilot in Windows uses Microsoft Copilot, but if you’re signed into your Windows device with a work or school account, your IT administrator might have policies that change or disable Copilot in Windows. You might see Copilot in Windows using the following chat providers instead of Microsoft Copilot:

  • Microsoft Copilot with commercial data protection (formerly known as Bing Chat Enterprise)

  • Microsoft Copilot with Graph-grounded chat (formerly known as Microsoft 365 Chat) 

When you're using Copilot with commercial data protection, chat history isn't available, and the chat pane displays the following message: Your personal and company data are protected in this chat. 

Students typically don't have access to Copilot in Windows, but faculty members and higher education students over 18 years of age may have access to Copilot with commercial data protection. 

Note: Copilot in Windows isn't available to individuals under 13 years of age or if you're signed in with a local account.

Microsoft’s commitment to responsible AI and Privacy

Microsoft has been working to advance AI responsibly since 2017, when we first defined our AI principles and later operationalized our approach through our Responsible AI Standard. Privacy and security are principles as we develop and deploy AI systems. We work to help our customers use our AI products responsibly, sharing our learnings, and building trust-based partnerships. For more about our responsible AI efforts, the  principles that guide us, and the tooling and capabilities we've created to assure that we develop AI technology responsibly, see Responsible AI.

In upcoming releases, we'll be introducing more advanced skills for performing common tasks and changing settings because AI is a tool to serve you. These tools are controlled by your prompts to respect your autonomy, but enhance your productivity. For example, we'll also be releasing the ability to enable and select plugins to help your accomplish more. Like other transformational technologies, harnessing the benefits of AI isn't risk-free. A core part of Microsoft's Responsible AI program is designed to identify potential harms, measure their propensity to occur, and build mitigations to address them. Guided by our AI Principles and our Responsible AI Standard, we seek to identify, measure, and mitigate potential harms and misuse of skills and plugins while securing the transformative and beneficial uses that the new experiences provide.

To learn more about how Copilot in Windows uses your data to assist you, see Copilot in Windows: Your data and privacy.

Keep in mind…

Copilot chat leverages GPT, a new AI system from OpenAI that creates text based on a prompt. As GPT is a new system, it may create things you didn’t expect. If you find content to be unexpected or offensive, send us feedback so we can make it better. 

Content may contain inaccuracies or sensitive material because it is generated by AI that draws from the internet. Be sure to review and verify the information it generates. Similar requests may result in the same content being generated. 

We want to hear from you! 

If there's something you like, and especially if there's something you don't like, about Copilot you can submit feedback to Microsoft by clicking the  icon at the top right of the side bar in Copilot in Windows to submit feedback on any issues that you run into.  

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