With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Cortana is now enabled by default on your lock screen–assuming you haven’t disabled her entirely. If you’d rather not have Cortana answering questions when your PC is locked, it’s an easy enough feature to disable.
RELATED: How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10
Open Cortana by clicking the Cortana button on your taskbar, hitting Windows+S on your keyboard, or just saying “Hey Cortana” if you have that enabled. When Cortana is open, click the Settings button.
On the Settings page, scroll down and turn off the “Use Cortana even when my device is locked” option.
Note that there’s no way right now for PC users to access Cortana on the lock screen except by saying “Hey Cortana” into a microphone. There’s no Cortana button you can click. Mobile users can hit their Search key to start her up, however. Also, Cortana can reply to many requests–like playing music or answering basic questions–right from the lock screen. However, if you ask Cortana to do something that involves settings or an app, Windows will ask you to sign in before Cortana can complete your request.
- › How to Customize the Lock Screen on Windows 8 or 10
- › How to Change the Windows 10 Lock Screen Timeout
- › How to Sign Documents Online With SIGN.PLUS
- › How to Watch the 2023 Masters Tournament
- › Your iPhone, iPad, Mac, & Apple Watch Get New Features Today
- › Intel’s New Tiny PC Has a 13th Gen Core i7 CPU
- › Update Your PC Now to Fix Snipping Tool’s Security Flaw
- › Microsoft Teams Is Now Faster, With a Windows 11-Like Design