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    Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10

    How to Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10
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    How to Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10


    Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

    Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. You’re in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you don’t sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they won’t be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

    Signing in to Cortana with your Microsoft account allows Cortana to keep track of what interests you, save your nickname or favorite places to the Notebook, give you your notifications from other devices, and share data you’ve saved between Windows and non-Windows devices with Cortana enabled. On Windows, you can decide to give Cortana permission to use other data, including your location and location history, contacts, browsing history, calendar details, and content and communication history from messages, apps, and notifications. On Android and iOS, you can control some of these permissions through the app permissions in the system’s settings. To help you follow things that interest you, such as your favorite sports teams, stocks you are tracking, interesting news, and restaurants, you can add and remove items from the Notebook. When signed in, Cortana displays and uses interests from other Microsoft apps or services like the Sports and News apps. Using Connected Services or Skills, Cortana can also connect you to services from other companies, like Uber, for additional personalized experiences using data shared with or received by the other company.

    Users have to be a certain age (13 or older) to use Cortana. When a user tries to sign into Cortana, she checks the age setting for that particular Microsoft account, and users she identifies as too young cannot sign in or have a personalized Cortana experience. But Cortana on Windows will still be there to help those users search the web or perform other tasks that don’t require any personal data.

    Signing out of Cortana clears the data Cortana has associated with that device. Your data associated with other devices will remain intact until you sign out from Cortana on those devices as well. Signing out of Cortana on your device stops Cortana’s data collection and use on that device and clears the interests and data on that device, but signing out won’t clear the data that’s already saved in the Notebook or at account.microsoft.com/privacy. On Windows, even after you’ve signed out of Cortana, characters you type into the taskbar search box are automatically sent to Bing and offer search recommendations. Your typed characters and searches will continue to be collected and used as described in the Privacy Statement. If you prefer not to send any character data to Microsoft, choose not to use Cortana. If you like, you can even hide Cortana. And if you want to search for files on your device, such as documents or photos, you can always use the search feature in File Explorer.

    For more information about Cortana, see:

    Signing out of Cortana will only turn on or off Cortana the personal assistant, and not the Cortana process (SearchUI.exe) used by Windows Search.

    Cortana is only available in certain regions and languages, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn't available or is turned off, you can still use search.

    Cortana will need access to your device location and location history to work properly, so the Windows location service must be turned on for your device, user account, and the Cortana app.

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    This tutorial will show you how to sign in and sign out of Cortana with your Microsoft account to turn on or off Cortana personalization in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana Personalization from Taskbar
    • Option Two: Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana Personalization from Taskbar
    • Option Three: Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana Personalization from Settings
    • Option Four: Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana Personalization from Settings


    EXAMPLE: Cortana







    Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10
    Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana Personalization from Taskbar

    1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon or search box on the taskbar, click/tap on the Notebook Name:  Notebook.png
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    2. Click/tap on your Microsoft account address. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Sign out link. (see screenshot below)

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    Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10
    Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana Personalization from Taskbar

    1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon or search box on the taskbar, click/tap on the Notebook Name:  Notebook.png
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    2. Select your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Continue to sign in. (see screenshot below)

    If your Microsoft account is not listed or you need to create one, then click/tap on the Microsoft account option instead and follow the given setup instructions.

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    Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10
    Sign Out of Cortana to Turn Off Cortana Personalization from Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17666.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Cortana & Search icon.

    2. Click/tap on Permissions & History on the left side, and click/tap on the button showing your email address under Personalize on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Sign out link. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Sign in or Sign out of Cortana in Windows 10
    Sign In to Cortana to Turn On Cortana Personalization from Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17666.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Cortana & Search icon.

    2. Click/tap on Permissions & History on the left side, and click/tap on the Sign In button under Personalize on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Continue to sign in. (see screenshot below)

    If your Microsoft account is not listed or you need to create one, then click/tap on the Microsoft account option instead and follow the given setup instructions.

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    5. You can now close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 17,614
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       05 Feb 2015 #1

    Another good one, Shawn!

    -Chuck
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  2. Posts : 3,427
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       05 Feb 2015 #2

    Yep good one Shawn too late though
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  3.    05 Feb 2015 #3

    Was thinking of buying a webcam so I could use her ...

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  4. Posts : 31,209
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       05 Feb 2015 #4

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Yep good one Shawn too late though
    Never.
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  5.    06 Feb 2015 #5

    rfruth said: View Post
    Having a webcam is one thing, getting Windows 10 TP to find the USB 3.0 port where it is plugged is another. :-(

    One question I have about Cortana, is it always listening to what you say?

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       06 Feb 2015 #6

    alkaufmann said: View Post
    One question I have about Cortana, is it always listening to what you say?

    Ak
    Currently, you're suppose to click/tap on the microphone icon in the search box before Cortana starts to listen.

    However, you never know.
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  7. Posts : 17,614
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       06 Feb 2015 #7

    What about the "Hey Cortana" command? I suppose it would be listening to you all the time if you have that enabled.
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  8.    06 Feb 2015 #8

    After a clean install the other night, Cortana seems to be further crippled. The clean install reset a lot of things over and above what the rollup the other day did. Still tryin to sort it all out.
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  9.    06 Feb 2015 #9

    Chuck38 said: View Post
    What about the "Hey Cortana" command? I suppose it would be listening to you all the time if you have that enabled.
    I would think Microsoft may run across some privacy concerns like Samsung and their Smart TV which if I heard right feeds what it heard to a third party that translates what you say into TV commands.
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