What is Cortana?
Cortana is a key feature built-in into Windows 10. Think of her as your personal assistant that allows you to work and increase your productivity. Cortana is integrated into key behaviors within your applications and because of this she can provide fast access to crucial information and reminders as you work.
Cortana can manage your calendar and track packages for you heavy amazon users. She can find files and documents that you have recently worked on just be silly and sing you a lullaby.
So how do you get started using Cortana?
Well that is the cool thing. She is already infused into the operating system so all that you need to do is type a question in the search box of the taskbar. Another option is to click on the microphone icon in the search box and you can use voice commands to ask Cortana a question. You can also just set up Cortana so that all you have to say is “Hey Cortana” and she will listen and respond to what you ask of her.
Setting up Cortana:
Select the search box on the taskbar to open Cortana home. Then select the Notebook icon, click on settings and turn on the let Cortana respond when you say Hey Cortana.
You can help Cortana be more personalized by following a few simple steps. You can use Cortana’s Notebook to tell it about your interest. In this notebook you will be able to set up categories such as news, travel, weather as well as other personal interests. To set this up you can find the notebook by selecting the search box on the taskbar, then selecting the notebook icon.
Cortana Commands – “Hey Cortana”
“What does my day look like”
“Change my 2pm meeting tomorrow to 3pm”
“Remind me at 4pm to submit my assignment”
“Remind me to buy gas when I leave work”
“Translate to French – (where is the bathroom?)”
That’s right! Cortana can translate questions and comments to other languages. Cortana can even work out a math problem.
So how do I use Cortana? Cortana for me is an incredible travel tool. Using Cortana I can track my flights or have Cortana provide me with traffic information that says “You should leave now if you want to make it to your next meeting.”
Sometimes you just need to be left alone so you can focus in on your work/assignments. You can open Cortana and set her to do not disturb so you have you much needed quiet hours. I just don’t know what I used to do before Cortana.