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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 to 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
Set 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 Type here to search box, also called the Cortana search box.
    Example of the Cortana search box
  3. On the Cortana help window, review the types of tasks Cortana can help perform, then click "Cortana can do much more..."
    Clicking 'Cortana can do much more...'
  4. On the Sign in window, click Sign in.
    A Let's get you signed in window displays.
    Clicking Sign in
  5. On the Let's get you signed in window, click the account you want to use, or click Microsoft account to add or create another account. Then click Continue and follow the on-screen prompts to finish signing in.
    Location of Continue button
Enable 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 Set 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 .
  4. Locate the Hey Cortana section, then click the toggle to turn on the feature.
    A permissions window displays.
    Clicking the toggle to turn on Hey Cortana
  5. In the Hey Cortana section, click Learn how I say "Hey Cortana."
    Clicking Learn how I say "Hey Cortana"
  6. In the message window asking you to repeat six phrases, click Start.
    Cortana displays six phrases one-by-one.
    Location of Start button
  7. Repeat each phrase as it displays. When you complete the phrases, Cortana displays a You're all set! message.
    You're all set! message
Use the Hey Cortana feature 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.
Use Cortana's Notebook
Use Cortana's Notebook to keep Cortana informed about your schedule or personal interests. You can add interests by modifying Skills. Some of these Skills are turned on by default. Cortana provides a variety of links to organize and manage Skills, such as:
  • Eat & Drink: Get recommendations for places to eat and drink
  • Finance: Track stock market gains and losses
  • News: Get the latest headlines and stories on topics that interest you
The Cortana Notebook window
Add 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.
    Clicking the Cortana search box
  2. Click the Notebook icon , then click the pencil icon in the Notebook window.
    The Add a place window opens.
    Opening favorite places
  3. Click Add a place.
    The Add a favorite window opens.
    Clicking Add a place
  4. 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.
    Example: Adding a favorite restaurant
  5. If you want to give your favorite place a nickname, type the name in the Nickname box, then click the Save button.
    The address and a link to a map, are added to your favorites.
    Saving a favorite place
  6. To view your favorite places, click the Notebook icon , then click the pencil icon .
    A list of your favorite places displays.
  7. To edit the favorite place, view a map, or remove a favorite place, click the menu icon , then select Edit, Show in Maps, or Remove from the menu.
    Editing a favorite place
Change the name Cortana uses for you
Open the Cortana Notebook to modify the name Cortana uses for you.
  1. Click the Cortana search box.
    Clicking the Cortana search box
  2. Click the Notebook icon , then click your email address below your name.
    The About me window displays.
    Opening About me
  3. Click Change my name.
    Location of the Change my name button
  4. Type your name in the box, then click Enter.
    Locating the Enter button
  5. To hear how Cortana pronounces your name, click Hear how I'll say it.
    Cortana says your name.
    • If Cortana says your name correctly, click Sounds Good, and then click Done.
    • If Cortana does not say your name correctly, click That's wrong, and follow the on-screen instructions.
    A Great, thanks "..." message displays, where "..." represents the name you selected.
Change Cortana's settings
Use the settings in Cortana to change your name, teach Cortana your voice, change your privacy settings, and other settings.
  1. Click the Cortana search box.
    Clicking the Cortana search box
  2. Click the Settings icon .
    The Settings window displays.
    Cortana settings window
Use 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. For example, if you type local weather in the Bing search bar, the search results show weather information for your location. To change your location, click Change next to the location displayed on screen.
Example of Cortana displaying the local weather
In addition, if you find a topic that you would like to know more about, highlight the word or phrase in the webpage, right-click it, then select what you want Cortana to do:
Highlighting and right-clicking a word
  • To open a window with more information and related links, click Ask Cortana about "...", where "..." represents the highlighted word or phrase.
    Example of Cortana displaying related links
  • To have Cortana read the page, click Read aloud.
    Cortana reads the page.
    You can exit, pause, rewind, fast forward, or change the voice of Cortana with the Read aloud toolbar.
    Cortana Read aloud toolbar
  • To select the entire webpage, click Select all.
  • To copy the highlighted word or phrase, click Copy.

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