How to setup Cortana for the first time, in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with lots of features, and Cortana is one of the most interesting of the lot. Cortana is a program that acts as your personal digital assistant and can help you interact more humanly with your Windows 10 device. Because of that, and also because Microsoft refers to Cortana as “her,” we are going to do the same. You can tell her to do various things, like launching apps, take notes, remind you when you have an appointment, ask her about the weather prognosis or even whether she likes Siri or not. Moreover, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Cortana can do for you. Before you can interact with Cortana, you must first go through a first-time setup. In this article, we are going to show you the steps involved:

How to configure Cortana for the first time on a Windows 10 PC or tablet

On the taskbar of your Windows 10 device, click or tap on the “Type here to Search” field. You can find it right next to the Start Menu button.

This makes Cortana open a popup box and say “Hi! I’m Cortana. I’m here to help”. Under this welcoming message, you might also see some tips about the things that Cortana can do for you.

To make Cortana the best virtual assistant she can be, you can offer her some details about you. It is worth noting that Cortana does not actively request your information, so it is your choice if you want to let her know more about you.

To do that, click or tap on the “Cortana can do much more...” button from the bottom of Cortana’s popup box.

Then, she explains to you that “To help keep you on time, remember what’s important, and much more, I [Cortana] need some info. Can I [Cortana] use your account to personalize your experience?”. This means that Cortana can collect and use your search history, app usage, speech patterns and other information, to make your experience “more personal.” If you want her best, click or tap on Personalize.

It may seem amazingly fast, but this is everything you have to do to use Cortana on a Windows 10 device. You can now start using her, or you can further customize her and her abilities before that.

If you want to start using Cortana, we have a few separate guides about that, which you can read here:

If you do not have the time or patience to read everything we have published, you should also know that to interact with Cortana: you can type in her search field or speak to her by using the microphone button from the right side of the search field.

If you would like to customize Cortana more in-depth and help her know you a lot better, we have published a detailed article on this topic, which you can find here: The complete guide to configuring Cortana in Windows 10.

Are you eager to work with Cortana as your virtual assistant?

As you have seen, the first steps in customizing Cortana, your virtual assistant are few and easy to follow. As you will find out, Cortana can do many things for you, and she can help you be more productive. If you want to talk about Cortana, do not hesitate to use the comments section below for any question you might have about her.