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Saturday, June 26, 2021

How To Easily Disable Cortana in Windows 10

If Cortana sometimes activates when you don't want it to, but you still want to be able to activate it manually, the first step is to make sure that Cortana won't respond to your voice:

  1. In the taskbar, select the Cortana icon (small circle) to open it.

    Selecting the Cortana icon in the Windows 10 taskbar.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the Cortana app, select the three vertical dots.

    Selecting to open the menu in the Cortana app.
  3. Select Settings.

    Selecting Settings in the Cortana app in Windows 10.
  4. Select Keyboard shortcut.

    Selecting Keyboard shortcut setting in Cortana in Windows 10.
  5. Turn off Keyboard shortcut. You'll need to restart your PC to apply the changes.

    Turning off the Keyboard shortcut setting in Cortana.
  6. After rebooting, repeat steps 1-3. Select Voice activation.

    Selecting the Voice activation setting in Cortana.
  7. Select Voice activation permissions.

    Selecting Voice activation permissions in Cortana.
  8. Turn off Let Cortana respond to "Cortana" keyword.

    Turning off voice activation for Cortana.

For most users, disabling Cortana's ability to automatically respond to a voice command or a keyboard shortcut is enough. This will prevent Cortana from ever activating accidentally, but it won't affect your search experience, and everything will continue to operate as normal.

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