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Get more productive with Cortana voice commands

Microsoft????????s Cortana personal assistant in windows 10 has a lot of cool and useful features. I decide to explore some of the features and commands that would be most useful in the workplace.  Here is a list of ten commands you can type or speak into Cortana and some examples of these commands in use.

 

Search Documents:

???????Hey Cortana, show me [file type] documents???????

This feature allows you to search recent documents you have recently viewed and edited. For example tell Cortana ???????Show me picture documents??????? and she will bring up a list of recent pictures.

 

Search the web or open a specific webpage.

Just say ???????Hey Cortana, search [topic]??????? and she will open up Bing search results. You can also speak or type in a website name she will open it up for you.

 

Answer math equations:

Simply type or speak in the math equation you want an answer too and Cortana will solve it. ???????Hey Cortana what is 7.5% of 252 times 92.3???????? She can????????t solve calculus problems but can solve most problems people can????????t do in their head.

math

Set Alarms:

Hey Cortana ???????Set an alarm for 10:00am tomorrow??????? Cortana Will immediately set the alarm for you.

 

Define Words:

Ask Cortana any word you like and she will tell you the definition. ???????Hey Cortana, what does technology mean????????

definition

Open applications:

This is one of the more useful commands in the list. You no longer have to search through your list of programs, find the one you want to open and click on it. All you have to do is tell Cortana to open the program of your choosing and she will bring it right up. ???????Hey Cortana, open Microsoft Word???????.

 

Search files:

If you want to pull up a list of recent files you have viewed or edited simply tell Cortana ???????Show me [file type] documents???????. For example if you want to search a list of recent word documents you would say ???????Hey Cortana, show me word documents???????. She will then show all of the recent word document you have viewed. You can also ask her to open a specific file as long as you know the exact name it is saved under.

show me

Set reminders:

Tell Cortana ???????Remind me to [go to event/do task]???????. For example say ???????Hey Cortana. Remind me to go to the DMV???????. Cortana will bring up the reminder settings where you can then set a person, location and specific time for your reminder.

reminders

Look up the weather:

Say ???????Hey Cortana, what is the weather like???????.  She will find the weather for you based on your internet location.

weather

Translation:

This feature is new to Cortana. You can have Cortana translate words and phrases in 38 different languages. Just say ???????Hey Cortana, how do you say [word or phrase] in [language]???????.

trasnlate

 

Those languages include –

Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Farsi
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Klingon (pIqaD)
Korean
Latvian
Malay
Maltese
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Welsh

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