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How do I quickly check share prices in Windows?

Check share prices
Stock up: Windows keeps tabs on share prices

With the stock market proving more volatile than a late-night Trump tweet, it’s a good time to keep an eye on your shares. But you don’t have to dive into Google to find out how your stocks are faring. You can check share prices without even leaving the Windows desktop. Here are a few ways to do it.

How to check share prices in Windows

The recently upgraded Cortana search bar in the bottom left of the Windows 10 desktop is perfect for this job. Type: “Apple share price”, for instance, and you’ll get an instant stock quote appearing over the top of your screen. Click back on any other part of the screen, and the window disappears, allowing you to immediately resume whatever you were doing in the first place.

Windows 10 share price

In fact, you don’t even need to go to the bother of typing your stock market query if you’ve got a microphone on your PC and Cortana enabled. Simply yell, “Hey Cortana, Microsoft share price” and she’ll read aloud the current price of your chosen stock, with the same little graph embedded in the Cortana window.

You can also have a dashboard showing the current price of selected stocks embedded in the Windows start menu.

Go to the Windows Store and download the free MSN Money app. Once the app is installed, you can add your chosen stocks to the app’s watchlist, but you can also put a tile on the start menu showing the live price from an individual stock. Click on your chosen stock in the MSN Money app and you should see a pin icon at the top of the screen (as shown below). Click on that and it will pin a tile showing that stock’s price to your start menu.

MSN Money


The background to the tile goes green if the share price is climbing and red if it’s tumbling. So if you click on the Windows start button and see a sea of red, prepare to eBay the car.


Share prices in Windows


You can click on the share price tiles and drag them to wherever you want on the start menu.

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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