How to use Cortana? Latest Tips and Tricks

Windows 10 comes with a lot of cool features and tools, which makes it apart from its predecessors. One of those is the integration of Cortana. It is the digital chat assistant for Windows 10 available on all platforms. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa.

From the Windows 10 May 2020 update, i.e., Windows 10 2004, Cortana is available as a separate chat app. Now it is no more available on the Windows search bar; you have to start it from the Windows app list to use it. With the new update, the interface of Cortana is also changed.

Mostly Windows 10 users are used to use Cortana as a quick search medium. However, it can do a lot more than just a search. In this post, we will list out some tips and tricks to use Cortana more effectively and enhance your workflow on Windows 10.

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How to use Cortana?

Using Cortana is quite straightforward. You can either perform tasks on it through its app or if the voice command is activated, you just need to say “Hey Cortana,” followed by the task you want to perform. To launch and use Cortana App from Windows 10 version 2004, follow these steps.

  1. In the windows search bar, type Cortana.

  2. Click on the app’s icon to launch it.
    launch cortana

  3. The new Cortana is in the form of a chatbox. You can type or speak the commands you want to perform.
    new cortana interface

  4. From the top-left corner of the app, you can configure the settings by clicking on the three-dot.
    cortana settings

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What can Cortana do?

Cortana can perform many tasks for you at just your voice command. However, it also supports the written orders. Here is the list of the top commands that Cortana supports.

Perform Quick Conversions with Cortana

While working, you might require to convert any metrics into any other, for example, converting pounds into kilograms or grams. 

Cortana weight conversion

Similarly, you can also convert miles into kilometers.

cortana distance conversion

You can smoothly perform more such conversions using Cortana.

Perform Calculations

Though Windows 10 comes with an in-built Calculator app, you can perform some quick calculations by commanding Cortana. Simply say, “Hey Cortana,” and followed by the calculations you want to finish. For example, calculate 123 x 45.

Cortana calculation

Notice how intelligently Cortana interpreted the ‘x’ as the multiplication sign.

Set the Alarm and other Reminders

Cortana can be used for setting up instant alarms and quick reminders, such as reminding for buying groceries or other items. 

cortana reminders

This feature can also be used for maintaining your productivity during work. While working, you might lose track of time and continued sitting in the same posture for hours. You can ask Cortana to remind you to take a break.

cortana reminder to take break

Create an Appointment

Cortana can also schedule an appointment or meeting for you. Here are the steps for that.

  1. Type or ask Cortana to create an appointment.
  2. Tell Cortana whom do you want to meet.create an appointment step 1
  3. Choose the time for the meeting.create an appointment step 2
  4. The appointment would be scheduled.create an appointment step 3

Get a Weather Update

If you are booking a flight ticket and want to know the weather condition of your destination, just speak out to Cortana, and it would provide you the weather forecast.

cortana weather forecast

Open Windows Settings

To quickly open a Windows 10 settings, type or tell Cortana for that. For example, to make changes in the display, ask Cortana to open the Display Settings.

Cortana open settings

Similarly, if you ask Cortana to perform some system tasks such as lower down the screen brightness, it would take you to that particular setting.

cortana lower screen brightness

Open Apps

Like settings, you can instantly open the apps on your system by commanding to Cortana. For example, type open VLC media player, and it would open it without any break.

open vlc player using cortana
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Get Latest News

You can ask Cortana to get the latest news for you. After commanding it, it would list out the top stories of the day for you.

Cortana latest news

Know the Word Meanings

While working or reading some text, if you find any word that you cannot understand, you can spontaneously get its meaning through Cortana.

get word meanings

Get Technical Support

If you are stuck in some technicalities and unable to find the solution, you can instantly get technical support on Cortana. Just type or speak out the problem, and you will get the steps to solve it.

cortana technical solutions

Use it as a Translator

Cortana can also act as your personal translator. While reading something, if you want to get its translation in any other language, you can do that easily using Cortana. You can translate a word, a sentence, or a full paragraph.

Cortana as a translator

Cortana can currently translate in the following languages: Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Klingon, Klingon (plqaD), Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese,​ Querétaro Otomi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

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Search for Restaurant and Other Shops

Using Cortana, you can also search for restaurants and bakeries near you. Clicking on it would also give you the directions to the place you selected.

search for restaurant and bakeries

Get Songs Lyrics

Listening to a song and want to know its lyrics? Just ask Cortana for that, and it would display the lyrics on hand immediately.

get songs lyrics on Cortana

Track your Flight

Need to know whether your flight is on-time or not? Use Cortana for that. You can track flights by saying the flight number, including the airline symbol—for example, B6 for Jet Blue or AA for American Airlines.

Use Cortana for Entertainment

When you are tired of work or in a mood of entertainment, Cortana is there for you again. You can use Cortana for the following tricks.

  1. Flip a coin
  2. Roll a dice
  3. Play Rock, Paper, Scissors
  4. Tell me a joke
  5. Do you know Siri?
  6. Who is better, Siri or you?
  7. I hate you

Apart from these, you can ask her many more things. There is not a separate list for supported commands.

Bottom Line

Cortana has been a great addition to the Windows system, and the new version of it is quite fresh and not forcefully put on the users like the previous ones. After getting used to it, it can be very beneficial and productive for you. It is relatively easy to speak out the commands instead of opening the browser and typing your queries, so Cortana has the upper hand in that case.

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