Apps Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 11


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Cortana is a personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365, helping your users achieve more with less effort and focus on what matters. The Cortana app in Windows 10 and Windows 11 helps users quickly get information across Microsoft 365, using typed or spoken queries to connect with people, check calendars, set reminders, add tasks, and more.

Cortana is still included in Windows 11, but will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar by default.

See also:

If you like, you can disable allowing Cortana usage by all users on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Cortana for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Cortana



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Cortana in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Cortana using REG file


EXAMPLE: Cortana enabled and disabled

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Cortana_disabled.png





Option One

Enable or Disable Cortana in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search

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3 In the right pane of Search in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow Cortana policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.

5 Enable Cortana for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

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6 Disable Cortana for All Users

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

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7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Cortana using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Cortana for All Users

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_allowing_Cortana_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"AllowCortana"=-

3 Disable Cortana for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_allowing_Cortana_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"AllowCortana"=dword:00000000

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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