Useful Tips and Tricks to Get Most Out of Skype Messenger For PC

November 16, 2018
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Even with other Applications and services coming into the scene like Whatsapp, Facebook
messenger, Facetime for Apple users, Line and several others, Skype remains to be the most widely used tool for video calling and teleconferencing especially in the corporate world.

Skype has all the tools necessary to make it a state of the art tool for businesses companies and any institution that prides itself on professionalism. That’s what makes it hard to ignore even when it has paid features in a space where Whatsapp and others are free.

Skype for business, in general, is still Skype and most of the core functions and processes are still the same. Like How to change Skype username and other functions are all still the same. And there are no shortcuts or pro ways of doing them. But here are some normal day to day usage tips that will turn you from an average Skype user to a pro. These Pro tips will help you use both Skype and Skype for business easier and faster.

Note: These tips work only on the classic version of Skype. These won’t apply on Skype for Windows 10 that you can download from the Windows store.

Quick Mute:

You can mute the Skype call you’re on by clicking on the mute icon that’s on your screen using your mouse. But sometimes that might take a while especially if you need a very quick mute. Probably you want to sneeze or take a quick fart, you need a faster method.

Fortunately, you can create a keyboard shortcut to mute your Skype call. And keyboard shortcuts are always faster.

1: Click on Tools and select options or use shortcut CTRL+,

 

skype-tips-and-tricks-quick-mute-step-12: Click on ‘Advanced’ Tab and then click on Hotkeys.

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3: Click on ‘Enable Hotkeys’ Checkbox and then check the checkbox in front of ‘Mute Microphone option. Click on the text field in front of it and type a shortcut letter that you think is the most convenient. I have set the letter ‘M’.

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So next time you want to quickly mute your Skype call just hit the shortcut key you set on the Keyboard.

Mute IM Notification Sounds:

So you’re having a Skype call and still chatting with someone else through Skype IM like we all do. The problem is, everytime a new IM comes through, there is a notification sound Skype makes and the person you are video calling with might hear that sound.

If you don’t want that, you can simply mute the IM notification sounds in the settings.

1: Click on  Tools and select  Options or use the shortcut CTRL+, to open the options panel.

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2: Click on the ‘Notifications’ Tab

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3: Click on ‘Sounds’ and uncheck the check-box next to ‘incoming IM in current chat’.

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Stealth Mode:

Skype, by default, alerts you when people in your contacts list come online through a small pop up window in the bottom right side of your computer screen. It does the same when you come online. You can turn this feature off if you want to in the settings.

1: Click on  Tools and select  Options or use the shortcut CTRL+, to open the options panel.

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2: Click on Notifications Tab. In Notification Settings Look for the ‘comes online’ option and uncheck the check-box next to it.

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Forward Calls:

So it’s past working hours and you need to leave the office and head home. Unfortunately,
there’s an important call you’re waiting for that hasn’t come yet. You can have Skype forward the call to your mobile phone when it comes.

This is very convenient also when you’re traveling to an area with no wifi or poor data
connection, you can easily receive your Skype calls on your mobile phone. This is a paid
service though.

1: Click on  Tools and select  Options or use the shortcut CTRL+, to open the options panel.

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2: Click on ‘Calls’ Tab from the left menu and then click on the forwarding and voicemail. Click on the first link ‘My account at Skype.com’. This will take to you Skype website. You need to be login to your Skype account on the website to proceed.

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3: Click on the toggle to make it green. Adjust the waiting time. Select where you want to forward the call and hit the confirm button.

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Start meetings From Projects:

If you’re on Skype for business, you can start a conference call with people you are
collaborating with on a Powerpoint presentation or Microsoft Outlook. Since these are all
products of the same company, they are integrated together and it’s easy to launch one from the other.

You can use the calendar feature to conveniently schedule Skype meetings. To start Skype
conference from a powerpoint presentation, go to the tab “Slide Show”, click on the option
“Present online” and then select “Skype for Business”.

For more Tips and Tricks, Read Webpro Education

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