How to deactivate or hide Cortana completely

Cortana is a Voice Assistants service in Windows 10 or in any other device or application to find different things virtually just like we have Google Assitant and iOS Siri. Cortana can be used to search for things locally on computer or internet, tracking packages, reminders, calendar, software, to get respond of voice command, telling of jokes etc.

However, if you don’t want to use the Cortana voice assistants on Windows 10 then you can hide, disable or completely remove it from your Windows 10 system.

Steps to Hide Cortana on Windows 10


If you don’t want to uninstall Cortana completely then simply turned it off from the search bar, for that follow the below steps.

  1. Go to Windows 10 Taskbar.
  2. Right-click on the Taskbar.
  3. Simply click the option Cortana.
  4. And then select the Hidden option.
Hide Cortana on Windows 10

Hide Cortana on Windows 10

Disable Cortana usage on the lock screen


One of the features of the Windows 10 that allows it to use the Cortana even when the screen is a lock, so those want to disable Cortana on Lock screen follow the below steps.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the Gear icon to open the settings.
  3. Select and open the Cortana option.
  4. Under Lock Screen, click on the toggle button to turn off the Voice assistant service on the Lock screen.

Disable Cortana usage on the lock screen

Disable Cortana usage on the lock screen


Deactivate Cortana via the registry


  1. Press the key combination [ Windows ] + [ R ] to open the Run dialogue.
  2. Type in regedit and press [ Enter ].
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    Run regedit

    Run regedit

  3. Navigates to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
  4. If the folder ” Windows Search ” does not exist, then you have to create it. To do this, right-click on the higher-level folder ” Windows ” and select ” New ” > ” Key ” and give it name Windows Search manually.
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    Create Windows Search key

    Create a Windows Search key

  5. In the right half of the window click with the right mouse button on a free area and select ” New ” > ” DWORD value (32-bit) “. Enter AllowCortana as the name and press [ Enter ].
    DWORD value to disable Cortana

    DWORD value to disable Cortana

    AllowCortana Registry Value

    AllowCortana Registry Value

  6. Leave the value at 0 if you want to deactivate Cortana. The value 1 reactivates them.
  7. After a restart, the Cortana search field should say “Search Windows ” instead of ” Ask me something “.

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