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How to Use Cortana in Windows 10

Windows 10 is mostly intuitive, especially if you're upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1, but everyone will probably need some help understanding one of the operating system's flagship features: the Cortana voice assistant. The digital helper is turned on by default, but you'll still need to sign in before it responds to your beck and call.

 Once you've got Cortana up and working to improve your day, there's plenty of things you can ask its help for. Here at Laptop Mag, we put together a list of how-to's to help you learn how to make the most of your new assistant. You'll learn the basics, like how to turn Cortana on and change the name it calls you, as well as expert-level tips like how to change Cortana's voice and how to have it send emails for you.

Check out the table of contents below to better get to know Cortana, and be sure to also check out our list of Windows 10 settings to change.

Cortana Tips and How-Tos

After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.