Get started with Windows 10

What is Cortana?

Cortana is your clever new personal assistant.

Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalised your experience will be.

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

          home screen1. Home 2. Notebook 3. Reminders 4. Feedback

Here are some things you can say to Cortana:

  • How old are you?

  • Tell me a joke.

  • Show me the latest football scores.

  • How many calories in a boiled egg?

  • Put swimming on my calendar for tomorrow.

  • Change my 3 PM event to 4 PM.

  • What's happening this weekend?

Try this: set a reminder

One of the things Cortana can do for you is to give you reminders. For example, type or say “Remind me to call Alex at 2 p.m.” Make the meeting recurring if you want to.

The reminder will appear at 2 p.m., along with any information that you’ve added to it.

Extra bonus – if you have a Windows phone and are signed in with the same Microsoft account, any reminders that you set on your PC will be automatically synced to your phone.

          screen showing a reminder

Hey Cortana!

Set Cortana to hear you any time you say “Hey Cortana”. Select the search box on the taskbar to open Cortana home. Then select Notebook Notebook icon > Settings  and turn on Let Cortana respond when you say “Hey Cortana”.

          screen showing settings.


Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn’t available or is turned off, you can still use search.