How to turn off Cortana in Windows 10?

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Hey, you are not able to Turn Off Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. Don’t worry here is a guide to provide you all solutions related to it. I think you all know about Cortana and if you didn’t then let’s take a brief introduction: Cortana is a virtual assistant that is similar to Google and Siri. It is integrated into every installation in its recent updates. So if you are thinking that it will be disabled very easily then it will not be right because Microsoft made it an integral part of Windows 10. So it will quite disturb you but you do not need to worry. We will help you step by step that will make it easy and also explain the other ways too. Before the anniversary update of Windows 10, it was very simple to turn it off but after the update Toggle switch has been removed from Windows 10. So it is not very easy to turn it off. 

How does It work?

It is a very important and very amazing feature of Windows 10. It is a type of voice assistance, if you have windows 10 on your PC then you can simply say -’ Hey Cortana’ to get an immediate answer about the weather, reminders, and web search. If you installed it in your computer then you can use these features of Cortana and if you don’t have any idea that how to install it ar enable it then please read –

What is Cortana and How to Enable Cortana in Windows 10?

If you have installed cortana and want to turn it off then please continue with this article. Without taking too much time let’s start the process of turn offing the Cortan from your windows 10 device. There are two possible ways to turn off cortana from your device: one is temporarily and the other is permanent. Disabling cortana permanently from your device is quite difficult but not impossible. We will discuss first that :

How to turn Off Cortana from Windows 10 temporarily ?

Step 1:  Go to taskbar and Click on the Cortana. 

Step 2:  Now click on the Setting button.

Step 3: now find out the option ‘Hey Cortana’. 

Step 4: Option ‘Hey Cortana’ provide the turn off option. 

Step 5: Click on the bar and it will be turned off and in reverse click on the same bar if you want to enable it again.

Now you need to disable this from taskbar and here are the steps: 

Step 1: Do right click on empty space on the taskbar.

Step 2: You will see the Cortana option in your context menu, make a click on it.

Step 3: Click on the Cortana and then the Hidden option to hide it from the taskbar.

Step 4: Now you have to restart your computer to save changes.

Now Cortana is temporarily invisible from your screen and now you can do work on your computer without having any trouble

 Turn Off Cortana from recording and search history:

If you want to turn off cortana from your recordings and search history then apply these simple steps and you will be able to do that in an easy way.

  1. Click on the search box
  2. Type Cortana in it and click on this 
  3. Click on the permissions and history and turn off all the toggles with the same. 
  4. Now click on the Cortana across all my devices 
  5. Have to Click Manage the information Cortana can access from this device
  6. Now you have to click on the Typing privacy settings, speech, and Inking.  
  7. Make a click on the turn off speech services and typing suggestions.
  8. Now Click Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud.
  9. Now click on the clear button.

Now your search history is clear.

How to Disable Cortana Permanently in Windows 10?

If you want to disable Cortana from your computer permanently then first you have to access your Registry editor tools. And if you don’t have access of your registry access tool then go through this link:

How to Access or Open Registry Editor in Windows 10 (Hyperlink)

And if you have the access then follow these steps to turn it off permanently from your device.

Warning: This is an Irreversible process i.e it can be resumed. 

Step 1: Make right click on the start menu and then click on the ‘’Run

You can go with the shortcut too:  Click consequently “Windows + R”.

Step 2: Now type- regedit, and then press Enter button

Step 3: An User Account Control (UAC) window appears in front of you then click Yes.

Step 4: Now  HKEY_Local_Machine > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft >Windows

Step 5 : Make a right click on the windows directory, now click on the New then Key and now rename it with ‘Windows Search’.

Step 6: Do right click on the windows search and select New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value, and then name it Allow Cortana.

Step 7: Now make double click on the Allow Cortana and set value to 0.

Step 8: Now close the Registry editor and restart your computer to save changes.

Tips to turn off Cortana For windows 10 Pro and Enterprise with Group Policy Editor

  • Have to open the Run dialog box first.
  • Now simply type gpedit.msc and click the enter button.
  • A User Account Control (UAC) window appears in front of you then click Yes.
  • Then navigate Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.
  • You will see on the right side of your window the Allow Cortana setting and now double click on it.
  • Now select Disabled radial, and then click OK.

Now close the policy editor and restart your computer to save changes.

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