How To Turn Off Cortana in Windows 10

Dear Computer Lady,

How do I turn off the talking assistant, Cortana in Windows 10?

Thanks, Elaine

Dear Elaine,

Cortana is the new digital assistant in Windows 10, and while you might like her, many people just don’t need to talk to their computer and ask questions.

Here is how to turn off Cortana in Windows 10:

1. Click on the Cortana icon. (It is a small circle on your taskbar, which displays “Ask Me Anything” when you rest your mouse pointer over it.

2. Click on the “Notebook” icon in the menu that opens, then click, “Settings”.

3. The top option which says that Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, etc has a blue switch, just click on it to turn Cortana off.

4. Now, your taskbar will have a search icon (magnifying glass) instead of the cortana icon.



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