How do I find my way around Skype for Windows Desktop?
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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 Name, Microsoft account email or your Facebook sign-in details.
Skype will open; we’ve added orange letters to explain functionality.
A. Name -
- If you're signed in with a Skype Name, the name you entered into your profile will be shown here.
- If you're signed in with your Microsoft account, your Microsoft Account email address will be shown, as seen below.
- If you first signed into Skype with your Facebook account, the name in this area will look like: fb:erika.berg.
B. Menu bar - Includes all the options that will help you get the most out of Skype.
- Click the status icon (at the bottom-right of your profile picture) 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. Tells you your friend's status and mood message; if you want more details about your friend, click their name and a pop-up with their full profile information will display (below). The buttons at the right-hand side of the contact information allow you to call or video call your friend on Skype, or add more people to create a group conversation.
H. Conversation window - Displayed when you select a contact or set up a group chat. Shows the instant message conversation you’re having.
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.
Here are a few pages that can help you do even more:
- How do I add contacts in Skype for Windows Desktop?
- How do I make free voice and video calls in Skype for Windows Desktop?
- How do I send an instant message in Skype for Windows Desktop?