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What are hotkeys and how do I use them in Skype on a desktop?

Keyboard shortcuts are specific combinations of two or more keys on your keyboard. They make it easier and faster for you to use commands that you would otherwise have to access via the menus. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily quit Skype, send a file, copy text and a lot more.

To use Skype for Windows Desktop more easily, you can enable hotkeys for when you want to:

  • Answer a call
  • Answer a call with video
  • Ignore a call
  • End a call
  • Take a snapshot during video calls
  • Focus on Skype
  • Search for people on Skype
  • Mute your microphone
  • Toggle mute (Push-to-talk)
  • Switch view

To enable and customize hotkeys:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Go to Tools > Options...
  3. Click the Advanced tab and select Hotkeys.

  4. Check Enable keyboard shortcuts.
  5. Check the actions you want to enable hotkeys for.

    Click Change selected shortcut if you want to change the default shortcut. Simply enter your new shortcut and click OK.

  6. Click Save. You’re ready to start saving time with hotkeys.

Key combination Action
Ctrl + I Open self profile
Ctrl + , (Ctrl + comma) Open Settings
Ctrl + H Open Help in default browser
Ctrl + D Launch main dialpad
Ctrl + N Start new conversation
Ctrl + F Search contacts and messages
Ctrl + F4 Hide conversation
Ctrl + P Show conversation profile
Ctrl + E Hang up call
Ctrl + M Mute
Up arrow after sending message Edit the last message sent
Alt + 1 Navigate to recents
Alt + 2 Navigate to contacts
Alt + 3 Navigate to bots
Ctrl + Shift + A Add people to conversation
Ctrl + Shift + F Send a file
Ctrl + Shift + U Mark as unread
Ctrl + Shift + H Toggle hold/resume state of active call
Ctrl + Shift + K Start a video call
Ctrl + Shift + P Start an audio call
Ctrl + O Send feedback

The below list of shortcuts uses Apple’s naming convention for modifier keys. Menu items use symbols for modifier keys instead of spelling out their names. A Mac keyboard may use either a symbol or even a specific term for the same modifier key. Following is the list of symbols with the corresponding modifier key names you may come across:

  • ⌘ (Command key) — The Command key may also be labeled with the Apple symbol Apple symbol on your keyboard.
  • ⎇ (Option key) — The Option key may also be labeled with the abbreviation “Alt” on your keyboard.
  • ⇧ (Shift key)
  • ⌃ (Control key)
  • ⏎ (Return key)
  • ↑ (Up Arrow key)
  • ↓ (Down Arrow key)
  • → (Right Arrow key)
  • ← (Left Arrow key)

Global shortcuts

Key combination Action
[Command]+[1] Display the main Skype window
[Command]+[2] Display the dial pad
[Command]+[3] Display the contacts monitor
[Command]+[N] Open a new conversation
[Command]+[W] Close the current conversation, profile or search
[Command]+[Shift]+[W] Close the Skype window
[Command]+[Shift]+[I] Edit your profile
[Command]+[Option]+[F] Search contacts and messages
[Command]+[Control]+[F] Enter full screen mode
[Command]+[Shift]+[O] Skype Home
[Command]+[Shift]+[C] Contacts
[Command]+[Y] History

Search shortcuts

Key combination Action
Down Arrow Select the next item in the suggestions menu
Up Arrow Select the previous item in the suggestions menu
[Command]+[Down Arrow] Move to the next section of the suggestions menu
[Command]+[Up Arrow] Move to the previous section of the suggestions menu

Contacts shortcuts

Key combination Action
[Command]+[Option]+[4] View contacts as a list
[Command]+[Option]+[5] View contacts as pictures
Return Start a conversation with selected contacts
[Option]+[Return] Start a call with selected contacts
Delete Delete selected contacts or remove them from the current list

Conversation shortcuts

Key combination Action
Return Send the message entered in the input field
[Option]+[Return] Insert a new line into the input field
Escape Clear the input field
[Command]+[Shift]+[E] Edit the last message you sent
Up Arrow Edit the last message you sent (if the input field is empty)
[Command]+[+] Make text bigger
[Command]+[0] Make text normal size
[Command]+[-] Make text smaller
[Command]+[F] Open the Find bar
[Command]+[G] Find Next
[Command]+[Shift]+[G] Find Previous
[Command]+[Shift]+[S] Send an SMS text message
[Command]+[Shift]+[F] Send files
[Command]+[Shift]+[U] Mark a conversation as unread
[Command]+[Shift]+[A] Add people to the conversation
[Command]+[I] Show the contact's profile (in a one-to-one conversation)
[Command]+[Option]+[Right Arrow] Next conversation in the sidebar
[Command]+[Option]+[Left Arrow] Previous conversation in the sidebar

Call shortcuts

Key combination Action
[Command]+[Shift]+[H] End the current call
[Command]+[Shift]+[M] Mute the microphone
[Command]+[Shift]+[R] Initiate a call or answer an incoming call with audio
[Command]+[Option]+[Up Arrow] Increase the volume
[Command]+[Option]+[Down Arrow] Decrease the volume
[Command]+[Option]+[Control]+[Up Arrow] Enter the Push to Talk mode. Release to mute the microphone
[Command]+[2] Display the dial pad

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