How to Set a Reminder with Cortana in Windows 10

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Time can really fly by during a busy day at the office. There have been a number of late afternoons where I've found myself realizing that -- while I kept head down, producing all of the projects -- I completely forgot to order lunch. For those moments, and others, I'm thankful how fast and easy it is to set up a reminder in Cortana, which Microsoft introduces to the desktop platform in Windows 10.  

In the new OS, you can tell Cortana to remind you to perform an action at a certain time of day, the next time you speak with someone or even the next time you reach a specific location. The location feature works best when you have a Windows Phone.

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How To Set a Timed Reminder With Cortana

1. Activate Cortana or select the "the "Ask me anything" field 

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2. Write or say "remind me to [activity] in [timeframe]" or "[timeframe] remind me to [activity]." For example, you could say "in an hour, remind me to get lunch."

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If Cortana did not process your request exactly as you'd like, tap on the reminder, day, or time fields, and then edit their contents to make sure the correct reminder is set.

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If you want the reminder to recur, click on "Only once." 

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The reminder can chime in every day, or on specific days of the week.

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3. Click Remind once you're satisfied with the terms you've set

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You won't forget it this time!

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How To Enable A Contact-Based Reminder

1. Type a reminder in the "Ask me anything" prompt that reminds you to tell one of your contacts something.

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2. Select "Remind" if it's ready or edit the fields if something is incorrect or incomplete. If Cortana does not recognize the name or you have more than one contact with that name, you'll be asked to choose from a list or browse your contacts.

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Cortana will confirm the reminder.

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The reminder will pop up when you next communicate with that person.

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If you want to see all of your reminders, click the Lightbulb button in the Cortana menu.

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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.
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  • Gagan Prakash Singh Says:

    The laptop featured is quite good

  • Dave I. Says:

    There doesn't seem to be a way to add a recurring reminder for only every weekday. That seems like it would be a pretty standard thing. Am missing something?

  • Killer Says:

    how do I get the reminder chime or say something out loud to let me know that it is time to do it mine only has a pop up that is quite and dose not make even a beeping noise so if I am not there looking for it I miss it because it will not make noise to let me know to look at the computer to see what is going on and or what I am missing

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