Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Use Cortana in the Microsoft Edge Browser Let Cortana help you surf the web by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on September 11, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email Cortana, the virtual assistant integrated into Windows 10, helps you to complete tasks by typing or speaking commands into a computer's microphone. Enabling Cortana in-browser settings in the Microsoft Edge web browser provides even more benefits. Instructions for this article apply to Cortana in Windows 10 using Microsoft Edge version 80 or earlier. The Cortana feature has not yet been ported to Microsoft Edge Chromium. Benefits of Using Cortana With Microsoft Edge From setting reminders in your calendar to getting the latest updates on your favorite sports team, Cortana acts as a personal secretary. The digital helper also enables you to perform various functions within the Windows operating system, such as launching an application or sending an email. Another benefit Cortana offers is the ability to interact with Microsoft Edge. You can submit search queries, launch web pages, and send commands or ask questions without leaving the current web page. This is done through the Cortana sidebar, located within the browser. How to Activate Cortana in Windows 10 Before you can use Cortana in Microsoft Edge, you must activate it in the operating system. To do that, complete the following steps: In the Windows toolbar, select the Windows search icon. In search, type Cortana. A white circle appears in the Windows toolbar. Windows takes you through the activation process. Cortana uses personal data, such as location history and calendar details, so you must opt-in before continuing. On the Windows toolbar, select the Cortana icon (the white circle) to ask questions or run searches. How to Use Voice Recognition While you can use Cortana by typing in the search box, its speech recognition functionality makes it easier. There are two ways to submit verbal commands. The first method involves selecting the Cortana icon in the Windows toolbar. Once selected, the accompanying text should read Listening. At this point, you can speak the commands or search queries you want to send to Cortana. The second method is straightforward but needs to be enabled before it becomes accessible. Select the Cortana icon. In the Cortana window, select Settings. Select Talk to Cortana, then turn on Hey Cortana. Once activated, instruct Cortana to either respond to anyone or only to your voice. After you enable this feature, the voice-activated app listens for your commands as soon as you say Hey Cortana. Enable Cortana to Work in Microsoft Edge After you activate Cortana in Windows 10, enable it in Microsoft Edge. To do so, complete the following steps: Open a Microsoft Edge browser window. Select the More actions icon, represented by three dots. Select Settings. In the sidebar, select Advanced. Under Cortana, turn on Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge. How to Manage the Data That Cortana and Microsoft Edge Generate Just like the cache, cookies, and other data are stored locally while you surf the web, browsing and search history are saved on your hard drive, in the Notebook, and sometimes on the Bing dashboard (depending on your settings) when you use Cortana with Microsoft Edge. To manage or clear browsing and search history stored on your hard drive, follow the instructions in our Microsoft Edge private data tutorial. To delete search history stored in the cloud, complete the following steps: Return to the Cortana Settings. In the sidebar, select Permissions. Select Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud. In What Cortana knows about you, select Clear.