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HP PCs - Using Cortana Personal Digital Assistant (Windows 10)

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 10.
Cortana personal digital assistant helps you manage your personal information, settings, and a variety of tasks. To use Cortana, your computer must be connected an active Internet connection.
  note:
Cortana is not available in all countries/regions and languages. Visit Microsoft's website to see Cortana's regions and languages (in English).
Use this document to learn how to:
  • Set up Cortana
  • Use Hey Cortana
  • Open programs, files, and apps
  • Add favorite places
  • Use reminders
  • Change Cortana settings
  • Use Cortana with Microsoft Edge
Setting up Cortana for the first time
Before you can use the Cortana digital assistant, Microsoft needs permission to collect your personal information.
  note:
Speech recognition is not available in all languages and does not work with all computers. For recommendations about what to do if this feature does not work with your computer, see What if the Cortana setup fails? in this document.
  1. Make sure your computer is connected to an active Internet connection.
  2. To open Cortana, click the Ask me anything box, also called the Cortana search box.
    Figure : Clicking the Cortana search box
    Location of the Cortana  search box
  3. On the Anything else I can do? window, review the types of tasks Cortana can help perform, then click Cortana can do much more....
    Figure : Clicking Cortana can do much more...
    Location of Cortana can do much more... button
  4. On the permissions window, click Sure to give Microsoft permission to collect and use your personal data.
    Figure : Clicking Sure
    Location of Sure button
    A Great, thanks! window displays.
  5. On the Great, thanks! window, click Sign in.
    An Add your Microsoft account window displays.
    • If you have a Microsoft account, type your sign in information, click Sign in, then follow the on-screen prompts to finish signing into your account.
    • If you do not have a Microsoft account, click Create one!, enter your personal email address or create a new Outlook email address, then fill out the requested information. Click Next, then follow the on-screen prompts to finish setting up your account.
    Figure : Clicking Sign in or Create one!
    Location of Sign in or Create one buttons
Enabling the Hey Cortana feature
You can teach Cortana to recognize your voice and activate Cortana by saying Hey Cortana. This hands-free feature allows you to use voice commands to tell Cortana what you want. For example, you can say Hey Cortana, wake me up at 6 AM.
  note:
Speech recognition is not available in all languages and does not work with all computers. For recommendations about what to do if this feature does not work with your computer, see What if the Cortana setup fails? in this document.
  1. Make sure Cortana is set up. For more information, see Setting up Cortana for the first time in this document.
  2. Make sure your computer is connected to an active Internet connection.
  3. Click the Cortana search box, then click the Settings icon .
    Figure : Clicking the Cortana search box
    Location of the Cortana  search box
  4. Locate the Hey Cortana section, then click the on/off toggle to turn on the feature.
    Figure : Clicking the toggle to turn on Hey Cortana
    Location of On toggle
    A permissions window displays.
  5. In order to use speech recognition, click Sure to give Microsoft permission to send voice input to help improve speech services.
  6. In the Hey Cortana section, click Learn how I say "Hey Cortana".
    Figure : Clicking the Learn how I say "Hey Cortana"
    Location of Learn how I say "Hey Cortana"
  7. In the message window asking you to repeat six phrases, click Start.
    Figure : Clicking the Start button
    Location of Start button
    Cortana displays the six phrases one-by-one. Repeat each phrase as it displays. When the phrases are complete, Cortana sends a You're all set! message.
Using Cortana to find Windows programs, files, and apps
Cortana can help you quickly find Windows help. For example, you can ask Windows How do I change text size, Where is the Control Panel, or What is my IP address. You can also find Windows files and apps by saying or typing the file or app name.
Using Cortana's Notebook
Use Cortana's Notebook to keep Cortana informed about your personal interests. Some of these interests are turned on by default. You can add interests, turn interests off, or remove them. Cortana offers several interest categories that you can customize to your needs, such as:
  • Eat and Drink: Get recommendations for places to eat and drink
  • Local Events: Get suggestions for local events
  • Finance: Track stock market gains and losses
  • Getting around: Get traffic, time, and route suggestions
  • Movies and TV: See show times and trailers for movies and TV shows that interest you
  • Music: Get recommendations for popular tracks and albums
  • News: Get the latest headlines and stories on topics that interest you
  • Sports: Get information about your favorites sports teams
  • Travel: Get up-to-date flight status and other travel details
  • Weather: Get conditions, forecasts, and alerts for any city you choose
Adding Favorite places
Use Cortana's Favorite places feature to store locations of your favorite places. Cortana also provides directions to get to your destination quickly. Open the Cortana Notebook to modify or add a favorite place.
  1. Click the Cortana search box to open the Cortana Notebook.
    Figure : Clicking the Cortana search box
    Location of the Cortana  search box
  2. Click the Notebook icon , then select About Me.
    Figure : Notebook icon
    Location of the Notebook icon
  3. Click Edit favorites.
    Figure : Clicking the Edit favorites button
    Location of the Edit favorites button
  4. Click Add.
    Figure : Clicking the Add button
    Location of Add button
  5. Type the name of your favorite place in the Add a favorite box. For example, if you want to add your favorite restaurant, type the restaurant name, then select the restaurant from the search results.
    Figure : Example: Add a favorite restaurant
    Example: Add a favorite restaurant
  6. If you want to give your favorite place a nickname, type the name in the Nickname box, then click Save icon.
    The address, a link to a map, and telephone number are added to your favorites.
    Figure : Clicking the Save
    Location of save button
  7. To view or edit your favorite places, click About Me on the Cortana Notebook menu, then click Edit favorites.
    A list of your favorite places displays.
    Figure : Example of address, directions, and telephone number
    Address, directions, and telephone number
    The address, a link to a map, and telephone number are added to your favorites.
Adding Reminders
Open the Cortana Notebook to modify or add a reminders.
  1. Click the Cortana search box to open the Cortana Notebook.
    Figure : Clicking the Cortana search box
    Location of the Cortana  search box
  2. Click the Notebook icon , then click Reminders.
    Figure : Clicking Reminders
    Location of Reminders option
  3. On the Reminders screen, click the Add icon.
    Figure : Clicking the Add icon
    What do you want to be reminded about? window
  4. Complete the information in the boxes, depending on the reminder. For example, if you want to add a reminder for soccer practice every Thursday at 4:00 p.m., use the following steps:
    1. Type Soccer practice in the Remember to ... box.
    2. Click the Time box, then select Another time....
      Figure : Selecting Another time...
      Location of Another time... option
    3. Click the pre-selected time, scroll and select 4:00 PM, then click the Checkmark icon.
      Figure : Clicking the Checkmark icon
      Location of the Checkmark icon
    4. If the reminder date is for a future date, click Today, select the date for your reminder, then click the Checkmark icon.
      Figure : Clicking the Checkmark icon
      Location of the Checkmark icon
    5. Click Only once to open the frequency drop-down menu.
      Figure : Selecting Only once
      Location of the frequency drop-down menu
    6. Select Every Thursday.
      Figure : Selecting Every Thursday
      Selecting Every Thursday
    7. If you want to add a photo to your reminder, click Add a photo, upload a photo from the computer or take a photo using the computer webcam.
      Figure : Clicking Add a photo
      Location of the Add a photo button
    8. In the Remind you about this? window, make sure the settings are correct, then click Remind.
      Figure : Clicking Remind
      Remind you about this window
      Cortana displays an I'll remind you window.
    9. To view your reminders, click the Notebook icon , then select Reminders.
      Figure : Example of Reminders window
      Example of a reminder
Changing the name Cortana uses for you
Open the Cortana Notebook to modify the name Cortana uses for you.
  1. Click the Cortana search box to open the Cortana Notebook.
    Figure : Clicking the Cortana search box
    Location of the Cortana  search box
  2. Click the Notebook icon , then select About Me.
    Figure : Clicking About Me
    Location of the About Me button
  3. Click Change my name.
    Figure : Clicking Change my name
    Location of the Change my name button
  4. Type your name in the box, then click Enter.
  5. To hear how Cortana pronounces your name, click Hear how I'll say it.
    Cortana says your name.
  6. If Cortana says your name correctly, click Sounds Good.
    A Great, thanks Sam! greeting appears.
  7. Click Done.
Changing Cortana's settings
Use Cortana's settings to change your name, teach Cortana your voice, change your privacy settings, and other settings.
  1. Click the Cortana search box.
    Figure : Clicking the search box
    Location of the search box
  2. Click the Settings icon .
    Figure : Clicking the Settings icon
    Location of Settings icon
Using Cortana in Microsoft Edge
When you perform a search in the Microsoft Edge address bar, Microsoft Edge uses personalized information that you have provided to Cortana to make your search results more relevant to you.
Cortana's Ask Cortana feature is integrated into Microsoft Edge. For example, if you find a topic that you would like to know more about, you can highlight the word or phrase, right-click it, then click Ask Cortana.
Figure : Clicking Ask Cortana
Ask Cortana
A Cortana window opens on the right side of the screen. This window contains summary of the topic or links to related information.
Figure : Example of links to related information
Example of links to related information

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