How to get song lyrics on YouTube, in Microsoft Edge, with Cortana

When Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 , we discovered a nice little feature in the Microsoft Edge web browser: if you have Cortana enabled on your Windows 10 PC or device, you can use her to fetch the lyrics of the songs you listen on YouTube, in Microsoft Edge. Are you asking how? Read this quick guide and you'll see just how easy it is to get the lyrics of those songs you love, with just a few clicks or taps:

H ow to fetch the lyrics of the song you listen on YouTube, in Microsoft Edge, with Cortana's help

First of all, if you don't already know this, Cortana works with Microsoft Edge and not with other web browsers. Therefore, you will have to use this web browser to get on YouTube. Windows 10 creates by default a shortcut for Microsoft Edge on your taskbar and it also adds a tile on your Start Menu . Start by clicking or tapping on any of these to launch the web browser.

Once Microsoft Edge opens, use it to navigate to the YouTube website and then play the song for which you want to get the lyrics. Here's an example: let's say that you wanted to listen and also get the lyrics of a song called Stressed Out from Twenty One Pilots . Search for it and then play it.

If Cortana is enabled on your Windows 10 PC or device, then she is always there, trying to help you find the information you need or to help you get things done. That's also true in the case of Microsoft Edge and YouTube.

Once you've started playing the song, Cortana will subtly ask you whether you "Want the lyrics?" . If you pay careful attention, you will see Microsoft Edge display this message on the right side of its address bar.

If you want to see the lyrics of the song you're listening to, all you have to do is click or tap on the "Want the lyrics?" question. After a short while, Cortana will display the lyrics on the right side of Microsoft Edge.

Cool, right? And that's not all! If she finds enough information, Cortana will also tell you the official name of the song, the artist playing it, the album and duration.

At the end of the lyrics, you will often find that Microsoft Edge, Cortana and Bing conspired together to offer you quick links to listen or buy the song from the Windows Store or from iTunes.

There's only one more thing that we need to share: Microsoft Edge and Cortana don't always help and don't always give you the lyrics of the songs that you listen to. After we used this feature for a while, we believe that this works for official video clips that were uploaded respecting copyright laws. If a song you're listening to was uploaded on YouTube by people pirating it, Cortana will likely fail to fetch the lyrics.


With each new update to Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is starting to be more and more interesting. And working with this browser could be an experience that's a lot better than what you expect it. Try it out and you might be pleasantly surprised!