How to Change the Name Cortana Calls You in Windows 10

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Now that Windows 10 has Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant, not only will your computer talk to you, but it will also address you by your name on occasion. Sometimes, though, things happen in life where people change their name legally, or for the sake of having a little fun, want their computer to call them something else. 

Luckily, even after you set up Cortana, there's a way to change the name it calls you. You can set it to address you however you'd like, from Heisenberg to Beyonce, by following these steps.

MORE: How To Turn Cortana Off in Windows 10

How To Change the Name Cortana Calls you

1. Click on "Ask me anything" in the lower left corner.

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2. Select the Notebook icon.

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3. Click on "About Me"

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4. Select "Change my name"

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5. Type your name of choice into the prompt.

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6. Click Enter.

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7. Select "Hear how I'll say it" to confirm that Cortana will speak it correctly. If Cortana says it incorrectly, click "That's wrong," and you'll be given the option to say the name aloud.

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8. Once you approve of how Cortana says your name, select "Sounds good." 

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Cortana now knows your name, until you want to change it again.

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  • Steven Says:

    This worked for me...I changed the name a different way (the shortcut), asking Cortana to change my name. This did not save. When asked my name Cortana would say "You are my friend." Using this long method fixed it, and she now calls me "Steven"

  • Michael Williams Says:

    This works very well for me. I love ❤ the Corona voice, makes life a little bit easier than typing everything. It's all great.

  • doomed Says:

    and Cortanas pretty useless anyway, nothing more than a gimmick with no substance, I honestly think the much older and not recording all your info for MS or requiring an internet connection 'Ultra Hal' is better in every aspect.

  • doomed Says:

    I set my name to a profanity due to MS thinking they have a right to censor my Computer, which she happily says while at the same time she is censoring my computer.

    If I type a word anywhere on MY PC, I as an adult expect that word not a bunch of asterisks.

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