On Windows 11 23H2, alongside the many new features and improvements, the operating system is also rolling out the new “Windows Copilot.” The Copilot is a new experience that combines Bing Chat AI and first and third-party plugins, allowing you to interact with the chatbot using natural language to get complete answers to questions and change system settings.
The Copilot appears as a flyout interface that slights in from the right side when clicking the new “Copilot” button in the Taskbar or using the “Windows key + C” keyboard shortcut.
Once in the interface, the experience is consistent across applications, and it doesn’t overlay on top of other applications (such as the case of Quick Settings and Notification Center). Instead, it pushes the content on the screen to the left, allowing you to interact with the assistant without obscuring existing apps.
Similar to the Bing Chat AI on the web and mobile and the AI experience on Microsoft Edge. However, the interface is still incomplete since the company notes that this release aims to present the graphical user interface (GUI), and additional functionality will be available in future updates.
As part of the improvements, Microsoft says that it’s working on adding the necessary policies to allow network administrators to manage the chatbot according to the organization’s policies.
This guide will teach you the steps to get started using the Windows Copilot feature on Windows 11 23H2.
Get started using Copilot on Windows 11
Although the Copilot is a significant addition to Windows 11, it’s a straightforward experience. You can control the icon in the Taskbar without disabling Copilot and changing some basic settings. While in the interface, you can ask as many questions as you would ask when using the Bing Chat AI on the web, but with the difference that the Windows Copilot can also change system settings.
Enable Copilot in Taskbar
To enable the Copilot icon in the Taskbar for Windows 11, use these steps:
Open Settings on Windows 11.
Click on Personalization.
Click the Taskbar tab.
Turn on the Copilot toggle switch to add the button to the Taskbar.
(Optional) Turn off the Copilot toggle switch to remove the button to the Taskbar.
Once you complete the steps, the new setting will apply to the Taskbar.
Change settings with Copilot
On Windows 11, the chatbot can do much more than answering questions. It can also help you to change and customize system settings. For example, you can change the color mode, turn features on or off, and perform different actions.
To change settings with Copilot on Windows 11 23H2, use these steps:
Click the Copilot button or use the “Windows key + C” keyboard shortcut.
Compose the action in the “Ask me anything” box. For example, “Change to dark mode,” “Turn on do not disturb,” or “Take a screenshot.”Quick note: If you’re copying the question to the clipboard, the Copilot will prompt you if you want to send the clipboard’s content directly to the chatbot.
Click the Yes button to confirm the action.
After you complete the steps, the new configuration or action will apply to Windows 11.
Get answers with Copilot
Similar to using the Bing Chat AI, you can ask the Copilot any question in natural language to get a complete human-like response.
To ask questions in Copilot, use these steps:
Click the Copilot button.
Choose the conversation type. For instance, the default conversation style for the chatbot is “Balanced,” which allows the chatbot to respond more neutrally, meaning it will try not to take sides on a specific topic. However, you can change the tone to “Creative,” which will generate more playful and original responses, or “Precise,” to generate the most accurate response with more facts.
Compose the question in natural language in the “Ask me anything” box. For example, “Write a story about a dog who lives on the moon,” or “Make me a picture of a serene koi fishpond with lily pads.”
Once you complete the steps, the Copilot will display a complete answer using natural language.
Restart Copilot chat
Since when using Windows Copilot, you’re technically interacting with the Bing Chat AI, you still have turns limitations to chat with the AI. At the time of this writing, you’re limited to 30 questions per session. If you want to reset the chat, you have to refresh the experience.
To restart the Copilot on Windows 11 23H2, use these steps:
Click the Copilot button.
Click the menu (three-dots) button on the top-right corner and choose the “Refresh” option to restart the experience.
Once you complete the steps, the chatbot will restart, resting the conversation.
Change Copilot settings
The Copilot also includes a settings page, but you can only customize one specific setting in this first preview.
To change the Copilot settings on Windows 11, use these steps:
Click the Copilot button.
Click the menu (three-dots) button on the top-right corner and choose the “Settings” option.
Turn the “Let Copilot use content from Microsoft Edge” toggle switch on or off.
After you complete the steps, the new settings will apply to the Windows Copilot.
The Copilot feature is gradually rolling out to Windows 11 23H2 users. However, if it’s not available in your installation, you can use these instructions to manually enable it.