When Windows 10 launched, I was able to bring up Cortana in "voice input" mode on my PC with the keyboard shortcut Win+C.

Recently (possibly after the recent Summer 2016 "Anniversary Update"), I now need to hit Win+Shift+C to open Cortana in "voice input" mode.

My question: Is there a way to get Windows to change the shortcut key for Cortana in voice input mode back to just Win+C (without resorting to a 3rd-party utility like Autohotkey)?

  • If the previous shortcut is not connected to Cortana what is it connected to? If the shorcut was changed what you want won't be possible without a third-party solution. – Ramhound Aug 22 '16 at 14:10
  • @Ramhound: As far as I've been able to determine, the Win+C shortcut isn't being used for anything now. – Jon Schneider Aug 22 '16 at 14:11

You just have to re-enable "Hey Cortana" and the Keyboard shortcut will start working again assuming you have no shortcut conflicts.


  • I do have "Hey Cortana" enabled and working fine, but as described in the question, the Win+C keyboard shortcut isn't working. – Jon Schneider Aug 23 '16 at 13:17

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