How do I send and receive files using Skype for Windows desktop?

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Watch the video to see how you can send and receive files in less than 40 seconds. A step-by-step guide is also available below.

 

 

 

To send a file during a single or a group instant message conversation:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In your Contacts or Recent tab, click the contact or conversation you want to send a file to.
  3. Click the paperclip icon .
  4. Click Send file...

    The Send file option selected from the menu that appears after clicking the plus button.

Browse to and select the file that you want to send. If you want to send more than one file at the same time, hold down the Ctrl key as you select each file.

  1. Click Open. The file is sent to the participants in the conversation.

Another way to send a file is to go to your contact list, right-click the person you want to send a file to, and then select Send file….

You can send a file to a contact during a voice call, group call, video call, or group video call. To do this:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Start a call.
  3. Click the + button in the call window and select Send File….

The Send files option selected from the menu that appears after clicking the plus button.

Browse to and select the file that you want to send. If you want to send more than one file at the same time, hold down the Ctrl key as you select each file.

  1. Click Open. The file is sent to the participants in the call.

To see the files you have sent to the conversation, click the instant message button. The orange dot appears on the instant message button when there are unread instant messages .

When someone tries to send you a file, the file is displayed in your conversation window, as shown below.


If the file is a picture, you can choose to save it to your computer by right-clicking it and choosing Save as.

If the file is another type (a document, a spreadsheet, etc.), Skype will automatically download the file for you. You can double-click the file to open it, or you can choose to see where it's downloaded by right-clicking the file and choosing Show in folder.

You can find the files you have previously received from a contact in the conversation history for that contact.

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In the contact list, click the name of the contact who sent you the file. Your conversation history for that contact is displayed.
  3. To see older conversations, simply scroll up in the chat; Skype will automatically keep moving back through all the history available.
  4. Locate the received file in the conversation history.
  5. Right-click the file, then click Open file or Show in folder.

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 up-to-date antivirus software to scan all incoming files, even from people that you know.

All files sent using Skype are encrypted end-to-end just like Skype-to-Skype calls. This is to protect your privacy when transferring information over the internet and ensures that only you and your contact will be able to view the file.

There is no limit to the size or number of the files you can send or receive using Skype, and if you lose internet connectivity during a file transfer, the transfer will automatically continue after the connection is re-established, even if one or both sides go offline for a while.
 

Here are a few pages that can help you do even more:

 

 

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