What is Cortana, What you need to know about Cortana?

Today we will give you some basic information about windows feature which was introduced in Windows 10, that is Cortana.

What is Cortana
Cortana is a new feature introduced in Windows 10. Cortana is a Microsoft’s Voice activated personal digital assistance. It is a Siri for Window.

As per Wikipedia Cotana is created for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1,[8] Invoke smart speaker, Microsoft Band, Surface Headphones, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Windows Mixed Reality, and Amazon Alexa.

Cortana supports English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language.

What Cortana can do for us

  • Cortana can set reminders, and give you reminders based on time, places and people.
  • Cortana can send email and text for you.
  • Cortana can give you details about weather forecast.
  • Cortana can find files and folders for you.
  • Cortana can find any information over the internet.
  • And many more you can think of

If you want to know more about what Cortana can do for us, please visit official website, here.

How to search files with Cortana
Cortana can find files stored on your computer hard disk. Here’s how

Step 1: – Click the search box on the taskbar and type what you are looking for. If you want to search it with your voice, then click the microphone icon.
Step2: – Next click on My Stuff to find the files from your Computer.
Step3: – That’s all; your files will appear.

Tips: – You can also search particular file type with Cortana like JPG, PDFs, mp3, mp4 etc.

To search document type files from your computer hard drives search documents: < your search term goes here >

  • To view a list of JPG files from your computer hard drives type documents: *.jpg
  • To view a list of PDF files from your computer hard drives type documents: *.pdf
  • To view a list of MP3 files from your computer hard drives type documents: *.mp3
  • To view a list of MP4 files from your computer hard drives type documents: *.mp4

How to hide Cortana
If you don’t like Cortana you can hide Cortana from your Windows 10. Follow the following steps.

Step1: – Right click an empty area on the taskbar.
Step2: – Go to Cortana and hover over it.
Step3: – Go to hidden and click it, Your Cortana will be hidden.

Note: – If you make your cortana hidden, it doesn’t mean that your Cortana is disabled, If you press Windows key + S, it will open the search panel, and in the search panel you can type anything and can make your search.

How to Shrink the Cortana to a search icon
If you don’t want to completely hide your Cortana you can shrink Cortana to a search icon. To make your Cortana a search icon, follow the following steps.

Step1: – Right click an empty area on the taskbar.
Step2: – Go to Cortana and hover over it.
Step3: – Go to Show Cortana icon and click it. And your Cortana search box will become a Search icon.

Note: – If you shrink Cortana it will become a search button from search box and sits by the Start icon.

How to disable Cortana on Windows 10 Pro

Step1: – Click the Start key, search Edit group policy and open it.
Step2: – Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.
Step3: – Find Allow Cortana, and double-click to open it.
Step4: – Click Disabled, and then click OK.

How to disable Cortana on Windows 10 Home

Step1: – Click the Start Key, search for regedit and open it.
Step2: – Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.
Step3: – Right-click the Windows directory, and choose New > Key.
Step4: – Type here Windows Search, and now hit enter.
Step 5: – Select Windows Search. the right-hand side pane, right-click in the empty area and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type in AllowCortana, and hit enter.
Step 6: – Double-click Allow Cortana, and type in 0 under Value Data.

Note: – You need to restart your computer to disable Cortana permanently.