How to Close Cortana?

What is Cortana? How to Kill Cortana?

Cortana is a Microsoft’s digital assistant. The primary objective of Cortana as per Microsoft is to get things done.

To get started, select the Cortana icon in the taskbar or type a command in the search bar. If you’re not sure what to say, try asking, “What can you do?”

Cortana home screen with call out to home, notebook, devices, settings, feedback

1. Home 2. Notebook 3. Devices 4. Settings 5. Feedback

How to Turn off Cortana?

Not all of us like Cortana Digital Assistance. Most of us want to get rid of this software just for creating disturbance.

Method 1:

This process is not enough if you want cortana to completely shut-down. The complete deletion process varies on different Windows device you use. There are different procedure for Windows 10 home, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro as well. So find your version of windows 10 and follow the steps.

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Search for Edit group policy.
  3. Click on Edit group policy.
  4. Goto Computer Configuration
  5. Select Administrative Templates
  6. Choose Windows Components
  7. Click on Search.
  8. Find Allow Cortana, and double-click on it.
  9. Click Disabled.
  10. After that Click OK.

How to disable Cortana on Windows 10 Home Edition?

The following process is not a common one. So, consider backing up your device properly because the process involves some editing on windows registry. Either create backup or create a restore point.
After backup, follow the processes listed below:

  1. Press Start Button.
  2. search regedit.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  5. Select SOFTWARE
  6. Choose Policies
  7. Click on Microsoft
  8. And Select Windows.
  9. Right-click the Windows directory, and choose New > Key.
  10. Then type Windows Search, and press enter.
  11. Select Windows Search.
  12. In the right-hand side pane, right-click in the empty area and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type in AllowCortana, and hit enter.
  13. Double-click AllowCortana, and type in 0 under Value Data.

Restart your computer, and it should now be gone. Instead of “Ask me anything”, the new search box will only say “Search Windows”.

But if you like cortana then here are some useful features for you:

  • Give you reminders based on time, places, or people.
  • Track teams, interests, and flights.
  • Send emails and texts.
  • Manage your calendar and keep you up to date.
  • Create and manage lists.
  • Play music, podcasts, and radio stations.
  • Chit chat and play games.
  • Find facts, files, places, and info.

Open any app on your system.