If Windows 10’s new digital voice assistant, Cortana, isn’t talking to you, check it’s been set up correctly.
Set up Cortana
Click inside the Taskbar search box – if you’re prompted to set up Cortana, follow the on-screen steps.
If you’ve already set Cortana up, click the Notebook icon on the left, then click Settings. Here, make sure the Hey Cortana switch is On – if not, Cortana won’t respond to questions.
Tune up voice recognition
If Cortana is struggling to recognise your voice, in its Settings click Learn my voice, then read aloud the six test phrases to help train Cortana’s voice recognition.
Fix your microphone
If it’s still having problems, right-click the speaker icon in the Notification Area (bottom-right) and select Recording devices.
In the window that opens, make sure your microphone is plugged in and set as the Default Device (click it, then click Set Default if not).
Right-click it, select Properties > Levels and increase the recording levels to see if that improves Cortana’s performance.