Below is a comprehensive Cortana Commands list for Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Phone 8.1 compatible smartphones. Cortana is a digital personal assistant app that allows you to interact and operate a Windows Phone using voice commands. Cortana is able recognize commands and questions spoken and in natural language, giving the app the ability to interpret an infinite number of commands. In this guide, I have provided sample commands to help you get started with using Cortana.
How to use the Cortana Commands List
To use Cortana with your Windows 10 computer, say the launch phrase, “Hey Cortana”, followed by your command or question (assuming you have a microphone). You can also click the microphone in the search bar.
You can access Cortana on your Windows Phone by using one of the following methods:
Press and hold the search button: You will hear an audible tone indicating that Cortana is listening for commands and questions.
Press and release the search button: A search box will be displayed allowing you to type-in a search query. You can also hit the microphone button to initiate a verbal command.
Please the Cortana app: This action will also display the search box. Depending on how you configured Cortana, you may also see news or weather information displayed.
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Microphones for Accessing Cortana on your Computer
Here are a few cheap microphone options for using Cortana with your computer:
While the list of Cortana Commands is huge, it is not all-inclusive. I encourage folks to use the voice commands below to come up with their own new commands. If you discover a cool, useful, or funny Cortana commands you would like to share, please use the comments section below.
Cortana Phone Commands
Call Wife on Speakerphone
Call Sister at home
Call boss on mobile
Cortana Texting (SMS) Commands
Text mom: What time is the birthday party?
Message my boss: I have completed the budget report
Send text to Tyrone: When are you coming to pick up my stuff?
Show me messages from Tyrone
Cortana Calendar Commands
Create a meeting with Tyrone at 2pm tomorrow
Create a budget review meeting today at 4pm
Change my 2pm meeting tomorrow to 3pm
Add Jessica to my meeting with Tyrone
Cancel budget review meeting
What does the rest of my day look like?
What appointments do I have tomorrow?
What’s on my calendar for Friday?
When is my next appointment?
When is my next meeting?
When am I meeting with Tyrone?
Where is my next meeting?
What am I doing this weekend?
Remind me at 4pm to submit my time sheet
Remind me to buy gas when I leave work
Remind me to check the mail when I get home.
When my wife calls, remind me to ask her to pick up the kids
The next time I’m at the grocery store, remind me to buy eggs
Remind me to buy concert tickets tomorrow
Cortana Note Taking
Take Note: Pick up eggs, milk, bread, and cheese from the supermarket
Note: Suspect is five feet tall, heavy build, and wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket
Cortana Alarm Commands
Wake me up at 6 am tomorrow morning
Set alarm for 7:30 am
Wake me up in 2 hours
Cortana Commands for Maps and Directions
Take me home
How do I get home
What’s the traffic like on the way to work?
Get me directions to Union Station
How far is Union Station
Where am I?
Show me a map of Washington, DC
Cortana Questions for Local Business
Show me pizza restaurants nearby
Show me the nearest gas station
Find flower shop near my work
Is there a Walmart near me?
Get me directions to the nearest Starbucks
Show me highly rated restaurants nearby
Show me good Mexican restaurants nearby
What restaurants are open at 10am nearby
Give me directions to the second one
Cortana Weather Questions
What’s the weather today?
What’s the forecast for this weekend?
What is the weather like in Philadelphia?
Cortana Flight Commands
What is the status of flight AA 5557?
Is America flight 76 on time?
Play artist (Play Alicia Keys)
Play song title (Play We are the Champions)
Play genre (Play Jazz)
Play playlist (Play Old School Rap Playlist)
Play album (Play Ready to Die)
Pause the music
Resume the music
Play the next track
Play the previous track
Shuffle the music
What song is playing?
Random Cortana Questions
Who is the mayor of Washington, DC?
What’s the population of India?
How old is Hulk Hogan?
What should I not eat when I’m pregnant?
Show me a picture of a pit bull
Who is Kayne West?
Find recipes for baked chicken breasts
Cortana Math Commands
What is 21 divided by 7?
Convert 3 miles to feet
Cortana App Commands
Turn on airplane mode
Turn on quiet hours
Turn on WiFi
Cortana News Commands
Show me today’s news
Show me the top headlines
Show me the local news
Show me the international news
Cortana Questions for Stock and Finance
How is the stock market doing today?
How is Microsoft Stock doing today?
How much is the Facebook stock per share?
Convert 100 dollars to Canadian.
Cortana Sports Commands
See Cortana NFL Picks to see which NFL team Cortana predicts will win each week. See her win/loss record as well.
Who will win Team A or Team B? (Who will win, Philadelphia Eagles or Jacksonville Jaguars?)
When does the Philadelphia Eagles play next?
What are the latest scores for the Philadelphia Phillies?
Cortana ships with the HTC One (M8) Phone for Windows that was released in August 2014. Preexisting Windows Phones will also get the Cortana app if they can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1.
How to Change What Cortana Calls Me
To set the name that Cortana calls you on your Windows Phone, do the following: Launch the Cortana app, select the Cortana Notebook button, select Settings, then select “change my name”.
In what countries/regions is Cortana available?
As of this writing, Cortana is available in the following countries/regions: Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom, and of course, the United States.
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