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What cloud-based chat commands and roles are available in Skype?

To see a list of the available commands, simply type /help into the chat. If you are in a chat with just one other person, only the relevant chat options will be shown. If you are in a chat with two or more people, /help will reveal a more comprehensive list of chat commands. If you don’t see the list, the version of Skype you are using is not supported.

 

Command Description

/add [Skype Name]

Adds a contact to the chat. For instance: /add alex_cooper1 will add that member to the chat.

Some Skype names also begin with "live:" (example: live:alex_cooper1)

/alertson [text]

Allows you to specify what needs to appear in a chat for you to be notified. For example, /alertson London will only alert you when the word "London" appears in the chat.

/alertsoff

Disable message notifications.

/find [text]

Finds specific text in a chat. For example, /find Charlie will return the first instance of the word "Charlie" in the chat.

/get admins

Details the people administrating the chat.

/get options

Details active options for current chat - see /set options below for a list of the options available.

/get role

Details your role in the chat.

/showmembers

Displays list of members and their roles.

/get uri

Creates a URL link that other people can use to join the group chat.

/golive

Starts a group call with other participants of the chat.

/info

Details number of people in chat and maximum number available.

/kick [Skype Name]

Eject chat member. For instance, /kick alex_cooper1 will eject that member from the chat.

/leave

Leave current group chat.

/me [text]

Your name will appear followed by any text you write. For instance, /me working from home will cause the phrase "working from home" to appear next to your name in the chat. You can use this to send a message about your activities or status.

/remotelogout

Stops push notifications on all other instances of Skype except the current one.

/set options [[+|-]flag]

Sets options for this chat. For example: /set options -JOINING_ENABLED switches off the JOINING_ENABLED option, while /set options +HISTORY_DISCLOSED will switch on the HIS option.

 

The available flags are listed below:

 

HISTORY_DISCLOSED - Joiners can see the conversation that took place before they joined. The limit that they can see is either 400 messages or two weeks of time, depending on which is reached first.

 

JOINING_ENABLED - New users can join the chat.

/setrole [Skype Name] SPEAKER | ADMIN

Allows you to set a role to each chat member. A description of roles is given in the table below.

/showplaces

Lists other endpoints that can receive push notifications for calls and IMs for this Skype account.

/topic [text]

Changes the chat topic.

/get allowlist

Details people with access to the chat. 

/get banlist

Details people banned from the chat.

/set allowlist [[+|-]mask] ..

Sets the members allowed in the chat. For instance, /set allowlist +alex_cooper1 will allow that member to join the chat.

/set banlist [[+|-]mask] ..

Sets which members are banned from the chat. For instance, /set banlist +alex_cooper1 will ban that member from the chat./set banlist -alex_cooper1 will allow them to rejoin it.

Chat roles depend on whether you started the chat or were assigned a role by the chat creator or host:

Role

Description

Admin

Also known as chat hosts. Admins can promote other people to admins. 

Speaker

A member who can post messages into the chat and participate in calls.

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