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Using Cortana’s Notebook

The benefits of having a digital personal assistant like Cortana go beyond simply finding information on things you’re curious about. Cortana also has a notebook in which it collects resources and data related to more than a dozen different topics. You’ll find that you can locate and customize information gathered in each of the following topic areas:

  • About me

  • Lists

  • Reminders

  • Collected services

  • Music

  • Connected home

  • Skills

  • Cortana tips

  • Eat & drink

  • Finance

  • Getting around

  • Meetings & reminders

  • News

  • Packages

  • Pick up where I left off

  • Shopping

  • Special days

  • Sports

  • Suggested reminders

  • Travel

  • Weather

Exploring the Cortana Notebook

The Notebook is in the Cortana tools along the left side of the Cortana panel.

  1. Click or tap in the Search box. The Cortana panel opens.

  2. Tap the Notebook tool. A list of topics appears.

  3. Drag the scrollbar to review the entire list.

  4. Tap or click the topic you’d like to explore.

Personalizing Cortana’s Info

You’ll notice that the various categories in the Cortana Notebook need more information from you before the results shown there will be very helpful. For example, if you click the Sports topic in the Notebook, you’ll see the settings Cortana has in place for that choice as well as a link that invites you to add your own favorite teams so Cortana can track them for you.

  1. Click in the Search box and tap Notebook to display Cortana’s categories.

  2. Click or tap the Eat & Drink category and scroll down.

  3. Tap the Add a Cuisine link. A list of cuisine categories appears.

  4. Tap or click the categories of cuisine you enjoy.

  5. Tap the Add button, and Cortana adds the cuisine in the Cuisine Preferences area of the Eat & Drink category.

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