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Finding your way around Skype (Windows desktop)
Have you downloaded and installed the latest version of Skype? This guide will help you navigate Skype.
If you already know the basics, it's easy to learn more about adding contacts, video calling and instant messaging in our dedicated user guides. If you've updated from Messenger, we've also got a handy guide to help you adjust to Skype.
To open Skype, double-click the Skype icon on your desktop (or choose it from the Windows Start menu), then sign in with your Skype ID, Facebook, or your Microsoft account.
A. Skype Name - The name you use to sign in to Skype.
If you're signed in with your Microsoft account, your Microsoft Account email address will be shown, as seen below.
If you first signed in to Skype with your Facebook account, your account name will be merged -- for example: fb:erika.berg.
Learn more about unlinking your Skype and Microsoft or Facebook accounts.
B. Menu bar - Includes all the options that will help you get the most out of Skype.
- Click the drop-down to change your status.
- Click your display name to access your profile, where you can change your profile picture, mood message, and more.
E. Contact list - Lists your contacts and lets you see their status.
F. Recent list - Lists the recent conversations you’ve had in Skype.
G. Contact summary - Displayed when you select a contact or set up a group chat. Tells you all about the friend you're speaking to. Clicking the left and right arrows at the top of the window gives you more information about who you're talking to.
H. Conversation window - Displayed when you select a contact or set up a group chat. Shows the instant message conversation you’re having. The buttons at the top of the conversation window let you call someone on Skype, send files, send contacts, share your screen or add more people to the conversation. You can also check your call quality information.
I. Conversation box - Displayed when you select a contact or set up a group chat. Use this box to type and send your instant messages and SMS text messages.
Learn more about managing your conversation history.
If you're new to Skype and have a question, why not ask it in our community?