There are a few ways you can customize the appearance of your instant messages. In the menu bar, select Tools > Options, and then select IM & SMS > IM appearance. We’ve explained the features for you below.
1: Compact chat view
Instant messages in a conversation are nicely spaced apart, but if your screen space is limited, switching to compact chat view trims away some of the space between your messages so you can see more of the conversation in the window. Check the box to switch to compact chat view.
2: Show images and previews
When you send or receive photos or images in a chat, they’re shown in the chat window like this:
When you send or receive a web link, it shows as a preview like this:
If you prefer not to see images and previews in your conversation, uncheck the box. You’ll need to open images to view them, and web links will look like plain links:
3: Show emoticons
Emoticons are a great way to liven up your IMs, but if you’d rather not see them, uncheck the box. You’ll see the keyboard shortcut instead, for example :-)
4: Show animated emoticons
We like our emoticons to move – they’re more fun that way. But if you prefer them to be static, just uncheck the box. Your emoticons will go from this to this .
5: Show large emoticons
For extra impact, when you send emoticons without any accompanying text they’re displayed in a larger size. If you prefer to keep them small, uncheck this box.
6: Show advanced text formatting
You can format your instant messages, for example with bold and italic text, to make them more interesting. If you don’t want to see formatted messages, uncheck this box.
7: Show timestamp
Instant messages you send and receive have a timestamp next to them, like this:
To switch off the timestamp, uncheck the box.
Choose your favorite font and see all of your instant message conversations in that font. You can also change the font size.
The font you choose is only visible to you in your Skype – your friends will see messages in the font they choose. Find out more about changing your font.