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 -
B. Menu bar - Includes all the options that will help you get the most out of Skype.
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. Skype Translator - Enables you to translate voice calls, video calls and IMs. Watch the Skype Translator How To video for a step-by-step guide.
I. Conversation window - Displayed when you select a contact or set up a group chat. Shows the instant message conversation you’re having.
J. 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.