What is Cortana?

Applies to: Windows 10

Cortana is your digital agent. She'll help you get things done.

The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

To get started, type a question in the search box, or select the microphone and talk to Cortana. (Typing works for all types of PCs, but you need a mic to talk.)

If you’re not sure what to say, you’ll see suggestions on your lock screen, and in Cortana home when you select the search box on the taskbar.

Image of Cortana Home

1. Home 2. Notebook 3. Settings 4. Feedback

Here are some things Cortana can do for you:

  • Give you reminders based on time, places, or people.

  • Track packages, teams, interests, and flights.

  • Send emails and texts.

  • Manage your calendar and keep you up to date.

  • Create and manage lists.

  • Chit chat and play games.

  • Find facts, files, places, and info.

  • Open any app on your system.

Try this: Set a reminder

One of the things Cortana can do is to give you reminders. She can remind you to do things based on time, places, or even people.

For example, type or say, "Remind me to congratulate Tanya the next time she calls."

The reminder will appear when you get a call from Tanya.

Extra bonus—if you have a Windows phone or Cortana for iPhone or Android, you can set Cortana to sync notifications between your PC and phone.

Image of Cortana reminder confirmation

Hey Cortana!

Set Cortana to hear you anytime you say "Hey Cortana." Select the search box on the taskbar to open Cortana home. Then select Settings and turn on Let Cortana respond to "Hey Cortana."

Hey Cortana settings