Cortana Voice Command Examples: Mastering Your Digital Assistant

If you’re a Microsoft user, you might already be familiar with Cortana, your personal digital assistant. With Cortana, you can set reminders, check the weather, manage your calendar, and much more, all with your voice. Below are some examples of useful voice commands to help you master your digital assistant.

#1 Reminders

“Remind me to call John at 3 pm tomorrow.”
“Remind me to buy milk when I’m at the grocery store.”
“Remind me to take out the trash every Monday at 8 pm.”

#2 Calendar

“What’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
“Add a meeting at 2 pm on Friday with the marketing team.”
“Cancel my meeting with John next Monday.”

#3 Weather

“What’s the weather like in New York City?”
“Will it rain today in San Francisco?”
“What’s the temperature in London?”

#4 Entertainment

“Play my workout playlist on Spotify.”
“Skip this song.”
“Pause the music.”

#5 Navigation

“Take me home.”
“Navigate to the nearest gas station.”
“How do I get to the airport?”

#6 News

“What’s the latest news on COVID-19?”
“Read me the headlines from CNN.”
“Who won the basketball game last night?”

#7 Timer and Stopwatch

“Set a timer for 30 minutes.”
“Stop the timer.”
“Start the stopwatch.”

#8 Personalization

“Change my background to the beach scenery.”
“Add a new accent color to my Windows theme.”
“Show me pictures of dogs.”

#9 Productivity

“Open Microsoft Word.”
“Close all windows.”
“Create a new email.”

#10 System Control

“Lock my computer.”
“Shut down my PC.”
“Mute the volume.”