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shotglassHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Game Bar Keyboard Shortcuts.

I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful, things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

How often do you sit down at your computer and forget to bring your phone with you or leave it on silent?  After getting caught up reading your favorite blog or playing the 158 level of Angry Birds, you finally finish up, look down at your phone or walk over to where you placed it last (which happens to be on silent) and you notice that you missed a number of calls.  Two of which aren’t that important, but one that is probably important enough for you to feel like you need to respond, pronto.  If you could have only heard the phone, you would be feeling less stress.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had someone watching your phone for you, telling you that you have missed a call?  Maybe that person would even help you to respond quickly, even if you are in the middle of things?  Guess what, Windows 10 can help you with that.

Cortana.  Sound familiar?  Well, if it doesn’t, you need to start learning about how much Cortana can do for you, while on your desktop PC, on your phone or even while you are away.  I won’t go into all of that now, but I will tell you how Cortana can help you with those pesky calls you miss here and there.  Oh, and just in case you have been out of the loop, Cortana is Microsoft’s new personal assistant built right into Windows 10.

So, to start off, I am going to assume one thing, that you have Cortana setup, Windows 10 on a Desktop or Tablet and that you have a Windows Phone.  Since this is a Windows 10 blog post, I want to stay focused on Microsoft technologies, but Cortana is now on iOS and Android.

So, on each of your Windows 10 devices, open up Cortana’s settings page by clicking on her Notebook icon and then clicking on Settings.

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From here, scroll down to Missed call notifications and make sure that it is set to On.

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And the phone setting would look like this…

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Now, to test it, simply have someone call your cell phone and don’t answer it.   You should see a toast notification like this on your desktop…

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From here, you can choose to Ignore it, or take action on it by selecting Text reply.  I hope in the future we can just answer it from here as well, but for now, it doesn’t work that way, it only works with missed calls.

If you chose Text Reply, Cortana does the work for you to setup the text.  She will fill in who is being texted and a default message, “I’ll get back to you soon…”.  You can choose to send it right away, or change who it is being sent to and even the message by clicking in one or more of the boxes.  Once you are ready, select Send.

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NOTE: What really happens is that your Windows device will actually send the text to your phone and then your phone will send out the text to the recipient.

What if you miss the text notification?  Well, no need to worry, just checkout your notification center and you will see a list of missed calls.  If you want to reply, select the small arrow pointing down, and then select Text reply.

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Boom!  No more missed calls for hours on end.  The combination of the text notification and the action center will now keep you in the loop as to who is trying to contact you and at what time.  It also gives you a quick way to respond to the missed call with a quick text.  Pretty sweet.

If you liked this post, please share it with others and don’t forget to come back for a new feature focused Windows 10 Shot.  Because remember, just like drinking, “1 shot”, probably won’t affect someone, but multiple shots, well that changes everything.

 

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