Cortana is a virtual assistant provided by Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. It provides speech recognition where we can ask questions or give commands to the windows like
When does summer begin or
What gate is Delta flight 35 arriving at? etc. Microsoft does not want to disable Cortana by us and makes is harder. But we can disable Cortana for Windows 10 in different ways where we will examine these ways in this tutorial.
Hide Cortana Icon From Menu Bar
Cortana can be accessed from the menu bar with a circle icon which is depicted in the previous screenshot. We can hide the Cortana icon from the menu bar with the following steps. Right click to the menu bar ->
Hidden. As we can the default option is
Show Cortana Icon. We will click to the
Hidden like below.
Disable Cortana with Registry
Cortana can be disabled cruelly from the registry. We will open the registry editor from the
Start Menu like below. We will rite down
Registry Editor or
We will see the following screen which is named
Registry Editor to manage windows registry configuration.
Navigate to the following registry key.
Windows Search does not exist create a
Windows Search folder by right click
The newly created
Windows Search will look like below.
We will create a new value named
AllowCortana which type is
DWORD(32 Bit) inside
Windows Search folder. Then we will set the
AllowCortana value to the 0 which means disable Cortana.
We can see the create value below which type is DWORD(32 Bit) and value is set to
Disable Cortana with Group Policy
If you are using the Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise we can also use Group Policy Editor in order to disable the Cortana. Group Policies are used to manage Windows configuration for multiple computers and user groups. Local group policy is used to set Local configuration of the current system.
We will open Local Group Policy Editor from the
Start menu or
Run like below by using
We will see a window like below. We need to navigate to the
Allow Cortana setting with these steps.
Search. Then we will double click to the
Allow Cortana configuration from the right pane like below.
We will see the following
Allow Cortana configuration. We have 3 options where
Disabled. We will select the
Disabled and click to the
Disable Cortana Using Windows Settings
Windows 10 provides the
Windows Settings configuration panel which can be also used to disable Cortana. We will open
Windows Settings with the
Win+I keyboard shortcut.
We will see the following screen where some basic Cortana configuration can be done. We can disable Cortana
Hey Cortana respond interaction like below. By changing
Off we will disable Cortana respond.
Remove Cortana Data
During the usage of the Cortana, some speech and search data will be stored locally. This historical activity data can be removed from the `Cortana Permission&History configuration like below.