How do I send and receive files using Skype for modern Windows?
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With the latest version of Skype for modern Windows, you can easily share your documents, presentations, pictures, or other files of any format with your friends.
The following questions and answers will help you with sending and receiving files in Skype for modern Windows:
- How do I send a file in an instant message conversation?
- How do I send a file while on a call?
- How do I receive files?
- How can I view the files I’ve received earlier?
- Is there a risk of getting a computer virus while receiving files?
There is no limit to the size or number of files you can send or receive using Skype. If your internet connection drops during a file transfer, the transfer will automatically continue after the connection is re-established, even if you or your contact go offline for a while.
To protect your privacy when sending information over the internet, all the files you send and receive via Skype are encrypted, just like all Skype-to-Skype calls. This ensures that only your and your contact can view the transferred file.
Important: When you run Skype in the background or lock your screen, sending/receiving of the files will stop. To resume the process, just open Skype again. Learn how to use another app on the same screen while using Skype.
To send a file during a conversation:
To select a file from a different folder, click or tap Go up to go one level up, or click or tap Files to send files from a different location.
Click This PC to choose whether to send files from your PC, your OneDrive, or another location.
If you want to change the files you’ve selected, tap or click Clear selection and select the files again.
If you want to cancel sending files, tap or click the file and confirm by selecting cancel sending.
- Start Skype.
- From people or favorites, select the person or group you want to send files to.
- In the conversation window that opens, select and tap or click send files.
- Select the files you want to send.
- After you’ve selected all files you’d like to send, just tap or click Send.
To send a file during a voice, video or group call:
- Start the call.
- In the call window, select , then tap or click send files.
- Select and send your files as described above.
Receiving files during an IM conversation
When you chat with your friend and they send you a file, simply click or tap the file to download it to your computer.
If you wish to cancel the download, simply tap or click the file and confirm by selecting cancel download.
You can see all the files you received from your contact in the conversation window. The files are displayed separately.
Receiving files while on a call
To receive a file when you’re on a call:
Tap or click the notification displayed on the right side of your screen.
Your screen is split in two parts displaying the conversation window alongside the call window. Select the file in the conversation window to download it.
Receiving files in Skype Home
When someone sends you a file while you’re in Skype Home, you’ll see the sent a file notification under recent. Tap or click the recent conversation and download the file in the conversation screen that opens by selecting the file.
Receiving files in the Windows Start screen
To receive a file when you’re in the Windows Start screen, select the notification that appears in the top right corner of your screen. Then tap or click the file in the conversation screen that opens.
To view the files you received from one of your contacts, simply check the conversation with that contact. You can find all the files you received via Skype in the folder below:
where user_name is your Windows 8 user name.
Just as with any email program, other file transfer/sent programs or files you download directly from the internet, you should be careful when accepting files from other parties. We highly recommend that you use an updated antivirus software to scan all incoming files, even from people that you know.