Can I run Skype for Windows desktop from the command line?

You can run Skype for Windows desktop from the command line. For example, if you have installed Skype in the default location, type the following command (including quotes):

"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe"

You can also supply the following arguments:

Command Description
/nosplash Do not display splash screen when Skype starts.
/minimized Skype is minimized to system tray when it starts.
/callto:nameornumber Call the specified Skype Name or phone number.
/shutdown Close Skype.
/secondary Allows you to start an additional skype.exe instance.

For example, the following command will close Skype:

"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe /shutdown"

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