Where can I find my Cortana command/search history?

Where can I find my Cortana command and search history? It is NOT in my Bing/Edge/Windows search history.

Here's today's use case: I was listening to a political podcast for a couple of hours. During the podcast I used the button on my headset to activate Cortana and then I asked a question about the meaning of a word, or information on a person referenced, or details of a historic event. By the end of the podcast I'd used Cortana about ten times and now wanted to go back and investigate further the items I'd searched for briefly. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any way to see my Cortana command/search history. Am I wrong?

Ciao, could you please check if Cortana history has been activated and correctly configured? (Cortana text box - Settings and scroll down up to the relevant options). Ciao and thanks Ugo
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I've checked all of that already, but just for completeness:

  • My device history [On]
  • My search history [On]
  • Link Search history settings opens a web page, then...
    • Search history -> Show my recent searches in Search History [On]

Also, I've checked:

  • Edge settings
  • Bing Search settings
  • Microsoft Account Privacy Dashboard

Have I missed anything?

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Did you activate this? https://fud.community.services.support.microsoft.com/Fud/FileDownloadHandler.ashx?fid=cf66b1a9-ed6f-422e-ae83-98e2808519b8 Ciao and thanks Ugo
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I can assure you that Cortana is switched on.

I'm actually wondering what version of Windows 10 are you running, because my Cortana settings do not even include a toggle to switch it off.

I'm running:

  • Desktop: Windows 10, version 1703, OS build 15063.608
  • Phone: Windows 10, version 1703, OS build 15063.608

All of this is beside the point though, I want to know where I see my Cortana command and search history. Have you tried it yourself?

  1. Open Cortana and enter history of England
  2. You should now see Web results, probably a summary followed by information from Wikipedia
  3. Switch back to you homescreen
  4. Open Cortana again
  5. Search for history of Africa
  6. Again you'll see Web results
  7. Switch back to home screen

Now tell me where you can see that you searched for history of England

Cheers!

Matt

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Ciao Matt, if the search has been done in Edge through Cortana, the search will be visible in Edge. Cortana will just use an AI algorithm (if enabled) through which researches done through all your devices aggregated will affect the suggested results (and their order) of new searches. Hope this answers your question. Ciao Ugo
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