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How can I personalize Skype?

There are lots of ways you can personalize Skype to make it unique to you, including splitting it into two windows, changing how your instant messages look, and setting up your notifications and sounds.

Skype displays everything in a single window by default, and you can resize it the same way you resize any window. Just click a corner of the window and drag it to make it bigger or smaller. You can also drag the side bar on the right of your Contact list to make it wider or narrower.

Check out more options for personalizing Skype below.

In default ‘single window’ view, your contact list and conversation area are stuck side-by-side. In ‘split window’ view, your contact list is in one window, and each conversation you have opens in a separate window, so you can interact with each independently. This view works especially well with Windows 10, which allows you to drag application windows to all four corners of your screen and snap them into a 2×2 grid.

To change to split window view, in the menu bar click View and then select Split Window View.

The contact list separates from the conversation area.

To switch back, just click View > Single Window View.

Your contact list shows your contacts’ profile pictures and group avatars by default.

If you have a lot of contacts or active conversations, you might prefer to see more of your recent conversations without changing the window height. Switching to compact sidebar view hides your contacts’ profile pictures so that each contact takes up less space in the list.

To switch to compact sidebar view, in the menu bar click View and then select Compact Sidebar View.

Repeat to toggle between the two views.

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.

8: Font
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.

You can change your ringtone, busy signal and all sorts of other sounds. You can even import your own custom sounds.

To change your sound settings, in the menu bar, select Tools > Options, and then on the left select Sounds.

To choose which events you want to hear a sound for, select/deselect the options under Select which events play a sound.

To choose which sound you want to play for each event, click an event in the list, then choose a sound from the Choose which sound to play drop-down. You can click the blue play button  to listen to the sounds. 

To use custom sounds, click Import sounds and find the sound file on your computer. Skype supports mono WAV-s files.

Notifications pop up in the bottom right corner of your screen when you have Skype running. You can switch notifications off completely, or customize which events you want to see notifications for.

To change your notification settings, in the menu bar, select Tools > Options, and then on the left select Notifications.

Check the box for each event you want to see notifications for.

To switch off notifications completely, uncheck the box Enable Skype for Windows desktop notifications.
When you’re done, click Save.

Learn more about notification settings.



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