Windows 10 speech, inking, typing, and privacy: FAQ

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What are speech, inking, and typing services?

When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts)—that helps personalize your experience. This information improves your device’s ability to correctly recognize your input, such as your pronunciation and handwriting. You can turn the Speech, inking, and typing setting (which is called Getting to know you) on or off in Settings.

Note

  • If you want to use Cortana, you must have Getting to know you turned on.

We also collect your typed and handwritten words to improve character recognition and provide you with a personalized user dictionary and text completion suggestions. Some of this data is stored on your device and some is sent to Microsoft to help improve these services. You can turn the Send Microsoft info about how I write setting on or off in Settings.

How do I manage Speech, inking, and typing settings?

There are two settings you can turn on or off to manage speech, inking, and, typing settings.

  • Getting to know you

    Go to Start Start icon, then select Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing, and then select Get to know me to turn the services on, or select Stop getting to know me to turn the services off.
  • Send Microsoft info about how I write

    Go to Start Start icon, then select Settings > Privacy > General, and then turn Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future on or off.

Can I clear the speech, inking, and typing data Microsoft has collected about me?

Yes, you can clear your speech, inking, and typing data from your device and from the cloud.

  • To clear data stored on your Windows device, go to Start Start icon, then select Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing, and then select Stop getting to know me. This will also stop speech, inking, and typing services from collecting data.
  • To clear data stored on the cloud, go to Start Start icon, then select Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing, and then select the Go to Bing and manage personal info for all your devices link.

Why does it say turning off Getting to know you also turns off dictation and Cortana?

You must have Getting to know you turned on if you want to use Cortana and dictation. Both services allow you to use speech commands in the cloud as well as on your device. If you turn off Getting to know you that also turns off Cortana and dictation (you’ll still be able to use Narrator and Speech Recognition on your device).

If I turn off Getting to know you (speech, inking, and typing) or Cortana will I still have speech services on my Windows 10 device?

Yes, if you turn off Getting to know you or Cortana, speech services on your device such as Narrator and Speech Recognition will still be available.

Does Microsoft collect my information when I use speech for accessibility?

No. Microsoft doesn’t collect speech data when you use Narrator and Speech recognition.

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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.