1. rhapdog's Avatar
    I have discovered that there are a number of ways to invoke Cortana on my Desktop in Windows 10. I thought a list in one place might prove helpful to some out there. If I have missed something, feel free to let me know.

    First, it doesn't matter if Cortana is hidden, an icon, or a text box on the task bar for most of these.

    Here's my Top 10 Ways to Invoke Cortana.

    1. If you are using Cortana as a search box on the task bar, you can simply type in it to search with Cortana.
    2. Click/tap the Mic icon in the search box to speak to Cortana.
    3. If you are using Cortana as an Icon on the task bar, then click/tap, and type into the textbox
    4. or click/tap the mic and speak.
    5. Click/tap start or press the start button on the keyboard and begin typing. It will open and place whatever you type into Cortana's search box.
    6. Set up Cortana for "Hey, Cortana!", and invoke her vocally with "Hey, Cortana!"
    7. Press Windows Key + Q
    8. or Windows Key + S to invoke Cortana ready for typed input.
    9. Press Windows Key + C to invoke Cortana in listening mode.
    10. On your touchpad, use a 3 finger tap to open.
    08-03-2015 09:41 PM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    Well whatdayaknow... I only used "hey cortana" so far and just typing, but the rest I did not know
    RumoredNow likes this.
    08-03-2015 09:44 PM
  3. rhapdog's Avatar
    It's taken me 2 days to find all this out, so I thought I'd spread the love. ;)
    ven07 likes this.
    08-03-2015 10:07 PM
  4. Leonel Funes's Avatar
    Great list!

    Here are 2 that are pretty much opposites of a shortcut...
    11. Start > All Apps > Cortana
    So many unnecessary steps, but I know people that do this.

    12. If Cortana is pinned to the Start Menu, click/tap her tile.
    Less steps that 11, but, yes, people do this as well. I pin her just for some quick info.
    rhapdog likes this.
    08-24-2015 05:24 PM
  5. rhapdog's Avatar
    MIght as well make it good old 13. Pin Cortana to the Desktop by dragging her from the start menu to the desktop. Then double-click Cortana on the Desktop Windows 95 style!
    Leonel Funes likes this.
    08-24-2015 08:20 PM
  6. Chris Clayton1's Avatar
    A useful list but tell me, what is the Start button on the keyboard? I don't seem to have such a thing.
    09-27-2015 03:09 PM
  7. Chris Oaks's Avatar
    I'm assuming it is the windows icon that is on my keyboard. Between the fn and alt key. left side of the spacebar for me.
    09-27-2015 08:23 PM
  8. Handsomeman's Avatar
    How to set up number 6?
    09-28-2015 06:57 AM
  9. etc6849's Avatar
    This is handy. Thanks!
    10-25-2015 01:03 AM
  10. Thunderbuck's Avatar
    Great tips! Thanks!
    12-12-2015 04:11 AM
  11. JRDEMASKUS's Avatar
    I use a Sony SBH54 BT HEADSET, my needs are mobile vs desk.

    Press and hold the Call/ Phone button and Cortana wakes up with a tone, waiting for a command.
    This is a must have feature, as I keep my phone enclosed in a zipper case, in my pocket, while I am working.
    I have a little trouble keeping this working consistently, but I expect I will learn the quirks over time.
    Pressing the power or play buttons on the BT device, seem to change the mode.
    After initial pairing and setup...
    Power on the SBH54, wait a moment for it to pair, there is no "connected" tone.
    Play 1x, enters music mode. Play again to start music.
    Power 1x, changes it back to phone mode but does not interrupt the music. I can then press the Call button to wake Cortana, interrupting the music, say nothing and music resumed in a few seconds, or offer up a voice command, "call or text, whoever" etc...
    In phone mode, it takes 2 presses on the Play button to pause the music.

    It took a while to figure out since none of this was spelled out for me.
    01-20-2016 02:40 PM
  12. RonWesley's Avatar
    To activate "Hey, Cortana," click in the search box located in the Taskbar.

    When the Search window comes up, click on the Notebook icon on the left side of the window.

    Next, click on the Settings icon.

    There you'll find a button to enable Hey Cortana. Click on it to slide it to the On position.
    02-26-2016 06:57 AM
  13. Cassiano Paulino's Avatar
    Cortana Brasil?
    02-26-2016 07:34 AM
  14. saloei's Avatar
    10 ways to turn Cortana on. I can wake my phone up using Cortana, but is there a command for putting the screen back to sleep without using the power button?
    03-23-2016 07:34 AM
  15. BenIsCool's Avatar
    08-23-2016 11:47 AM

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