How do I send instant messages in Skype for Linux?
To send an instant message:
- In your contact list, select the person you want to IM.
- Click to open a chat window.
- Enter your message and press Enter.
- If you receive a reply, it will be displayed in the chat window.
If someone sends you an instant message when you are not looking at the chat window, an orange number will be displayed in the upper right corner of your main Skype window.
Click the orange number to open the chat window and see the message.
Other things you can do in a chat window are described in the table below.
| Icon || Description |
| || Call the contact. |
| || Add people to create a group chat, or send files. |
| || Load previous messages from the chat. |
| || Use an emoticon in your instant message. |
| || Search the chat for a particular word or phrase. |
| || Show members of the chat. |
If your contacts are offline , you can send them SMS text messages or call them on their mobiles or landlines. All you need is a little Skype Credit or a monthly subscription.