How to Create Your Own Custom GPTs in Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft has just added the ability to make custom GPTs in Copilot Pro. We show you how to build your own, and why.

Microsoft has followed in the footsteps of OpenAI letting you create GPTs for ChatGPT and officially taken the wraps off its own Copilot GPT Builder.

The Copilot GPT Builder is available now for users of Copilot Pro, which is the premium, paid version of Microsoft’s popular AI chatbot. It means Copilot users will now be able to develop custom GPTs for use on both the desktop and mobile version of the platform.

While Copilot GPTs will only be able to be made by Pro subscribers, anyone will be able to use GPTs created and shared by others. This means a GPT marketplace similar to the OpenAI GPT Store could also materialize in the near future.

What are Copilot GPTs?

Copilot GPTs are the same as GPTs on ChatGPT, meaning they’re custom AI chatbots developed for a specific purpose or task.

To highlight one early example, Copilot user Richard has shared their Bread Assistant GPT, which as its name suggests is designed to answer all your bread-related queries.

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Copilot GPTs are identical in architecture to the ones that already available for ChatGPT because the large language model (LLM) powering both platforms is the same: OpenAI’s GPT-4 or GPT 4 Turbo.

For even more of a flavor of what GPTs are all about, check out our guide to some of the best GPTs available for ChatGPT. It’s no guarantee that the same (or similar) GPTs will soon be available for Copilot, but it also wouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

How to Make Your Own Copilot GPTs

Making your own custom GPTs for Copilot might be easier than you think, as there’s no coding required.

Instead, to get started building GPTs on Microsoft’s AI platform, all you need to do is head to Microsoft’s Copilot website and make sure you’re logged in to your Copilot Pro account.

Then, follow these simple steps:

  • Click “See all Copilot GPTs” on the right-hand side of page
  • Find and select “Create a new Copilot GPT”
  • Use the Copilot GPT creation wizard to set-up and configure your GPT

The creation wizard is basically a Copilot chat that talks you through what you want your GPT to do. It covers everything from essentials like the name of your GPT, to more advanced settings like its tone and whether or not you want to enable DALL-E 3 integration.

It’s fairly unintimidating, demanding little to no technical knowledge, but it’s still a process that’s best explained visually. Paul Couvert created and shared the following helpful clips on X and was one of the first to point out the arrival of GPT creation on Copilot.

Are GPTs Actually Worth Creating?

Yes, especially if you’re a regular AI chatbot user. Whether used through Copilot or ChatGPT, GPTs are useful because they’re basically templates for the specific things you want AI to help you do.

By having GPTs set-up for different AI assisted tasks, you avoid having to manually enter the same set of prompts every time you want to get something done.

For instance, if I regularly want to use Copilot to help me write report summaries for my boss, I would have to establish the same parameters and feed in the same examples every time I open the app, in order to get the output I want.

Or, I could just set-up a GPT for this purpose, configuring it to my exact requirements once (tone, format, and so on) and then this is already there as my baseline every time I open it. For folks who use AI at work to help churn through menial day-to-day admin tasks, it’s something of a no-brainer.

Not sure where to get started? Here are some of the best ChatGPT prompts, which are 100% transferrable to Copilot, to help you on your way.

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James Laird is a technology journalist with 10+ years experience working on some of the world's biggest websites. These include TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and The Sun, as well as industry-specific titles such as ITProPortal. His particular areas of interest and expertise are cyber security, VPNs and general hardware.
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