Software & Apps Windows How to Use Cortana Notebook and Settings Features Access the Cortana commands that personalize it for your needs by Joli Ballew Writer Joli Ballew is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and Microsoft MVP, Lynda.com trainer, Microsoft Press author, and college professor. our editorial process Joli Ballew Updated on November 06, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Cortana is Microsoft’s personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365. Although Cortana's Notebook feature is gone, you can still use the tool to achieve more with less effort. Cortana can find what you need, help you stay informed and on track, and simplify collaboration. Instructions in this article apply to Microsoft 365 on Windows 10. Activate Cortana Mode Once you enable the wake word, you can use your voice to work with Cortana. Go to the Search bar in the Windows taskbar, type Cortana, and select Open. Sign in with your Windows username and password, if prompted. Select Open Menu in the upper-left corner of the screen, which is represented by three dots. Select Settings. Select Voice activation. If prompted, select Open Voice activation privacy settings. Turn on Allow apps to use voice activation and Let Cortana respond to 'Cortana' keyword. Exit the settings menu and begin using voice activation. When you say Cortana, a small window opens with a blue circle, indicating that Cortana is listening for a command. Alternatively, you can open Cortana and type into the Ask Cortana box. Whichever way you choose to interact with Cortana, you can use the assistant in numerous ways. Manage Your Calendar Cortana can help you schedule appointments and keep track of the items on your calendar. Ask questions or give commands related to your schedule, such as: Cortana, what's on my calendar today?Cortana, what's my next reminder?Cortana, add a new event to my calendar. You can find out the details of your next meeting in Microsoft Teams or join an online meeting. If you sign in with your work account, you can also ask Cortana about people in your organization. Other things you can do with Cortana include: Open Windows 10 apps.Create reminders.Check the weather, traffic, or get directions.Look up definitions and answer math calculations. You can quickly find out more by asking. For instance, say Cortana, can you connect with Alexa? or Cortana, can you open Windows settings? Or, say Cortana, what can you do? The assistant offers some ideas and tips that you might find useful.