This post shows students and new users the steps to disable or enable Cortana when using Windows 11. Cortana is an Ai-powered personal productivity assistant that uses the Bing search engine to perform tasks such as setting reminders, answering questions, managing calendars. and productivity tasks.

Some people find Cortana very helpful, others not so much. If you are undecided and want to disable Cortana in Windows 11, continue below. If Cortana is disabled and you want to re-enable it, continue below as well. We show you how to disable or enable it.

Cortana is pre-installed in Windows 11, but you cannot use it in your current configuration. Why keep an application if you are not going to use it? Well, you can stop it and remove it from Windows.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including a centered start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts about it.

To start disabling Cortana in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to turn off Cortana in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Cortana is already installed in Windows 11 but cannot be used with its current settings. You can remove it from Windows so you don’t have to deal with it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its setup applications. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Applicationsand select Apps and Features on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

In the apps and features settings panel, select Cortana from the app list. Then click on the ellipse (vertical points) of the application to display the Advanced Options.

In the advanced settings panel for Cortana, toggle the buttons to Microphone in the application permissions, and Runs on login to the Off position to disable.

How to enable Cortana in Windows 11

If you change your mind about Cortana and want to re-enable it, just reverse the steps above by going to Start Menu ==> Settings ==> Applications ==> Applications and Features ==> select Cortana Advanced Options, then toggle the button to Microphone in application permissions and Run at login to the on position to enable.

You may also need to download the Cortana store app and install. A Microsoft account is required to get apps from the store.

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In this tutorial we have seen how to disable or enable Cortana when using Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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