How To Add Cortana to Your Desktop

December 2016

Windows 10 is shipped with an intelligent personal assistant known as Cortana. You can interact with Cortana through voice commands with the [Windows] + [C] key combo or by clicking in the Search field. However, if you don’t feel like using any of the above methods, you can always create a Cortana shortcut on your desktop.

This article will guide you through the different steps involved in the creation of a desktop shortcut for Cortana.

How To Create a Desktop Shortcut Pointing to Cortana

Right-click on the Start menu, then select the Run command from the Power User menu. Type
and press Enter to open Windows 10’s Application folder:

Right-click on Cortana’s icon, then click Create shortcut:

Windows 10 will display a small warning message that reads, Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?. Click Yes to create the shortcut:

N.B. Head back to the Application folder to create desktop shortcuts for other programs, tools, or settings.

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