Get reminders from Cortana

Applies to: Cortana

Cortana makes sure nothing important slips through the cracks across your work and your life, giving you the confidence of knowing someone’s got your back. Cortana helps you remember in many ways: setting reminders for the right time, place, or person; creating reminders from sticky notes you’ve inked; and organizing your lists. Now she can even notify you about the things you’ve mentioned doing and the deadlines you’ve set over email.

Types of reminders


Time: Start typing your reminder into Cortana’s search box, or use a voice command such as, “Hey Cortana, remind me to pay my rent tomorrow at noon.” At noon the following day, Cortana will remind you to pay rent. 

Location: Start typing your reminder into Cortana’s search box, or use a voice command such as, “Hey Cortana, remind me to buy bread when I'm at the store.” Next time you're at the store, she'll remind you to buy bread.

Photo: Start typing your reminder into Cortana’s search box, or use a voice command such as, “Hey Cortana, remind me to borrow this book next time I'm at the library.” Cortana will prompt you with the option to take a new photo of the item you want to remember. Select Remind to save, and next time you're at the library, Cortana will give you a reminder that includes the photo you took. 

People: Start typing your reminder into Cortana’s search box, or use a voice command such as, "Remind me to congratulate Tanya next time she calls." When Tanya calls, you'll be reminded to congratulate her. 

Suggested: At the perfect time, Cortana brings up those things you mentioned doing in email. No more deadlines you’ve missed—just promises you’ve kept.

Manage your reminders


Edit reminders: You can edit your reminders in the Cortana app on your phone or PC. Select Notebook  > Reminders. You’ll see them all there.

Cancel a reminder: To cancel a reminder you’ve already created, go to the Cortana app on your phone or PC, select Notebook  > Reminders. You can delete it from there. To cancel a reminder while you’re creating it, just say “Cancel” at any time.

Set a recurring time reminder: To set a recurring reminder, tell Cortana exactly when you want her to remind you, and how often. For example, you can say “Hey Cortana, remind me every Tuesday at 6:30 PM to take out the trash.”

Get suggested reminders: If you’re signed in to Cortana and have already provided communications consent, you’ll start seeing suggested reminders. These will be pulled from emails sent from the account you used to sign in to your PC. The feature currently works with Office 365 and Outlook accounts. To add another email for suggested reminders, go to Connected Services.

Get a notification for reminders that are due: You’ll get notifications for your reminders on any device that has Cortana. On the speaker, Cortana will let you know when she has a reminder ready for you and will ask if you’d like to hear it. If you do, just say “Yes.”

Snooze a reminder: To snooze a reminder on a mobile device or PC, select the amount of time you want to snooze the reminder, then select Save.  

Mark a reminder as completed: When you get a reminder on your speaker, you’ll also get a notification on your phone or PC, and you can mark that you’ve completed it there. You can view all your reminders in the Notebook , then select Reminders or All reminders.