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

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You can send and receive files of any size or type such as documents, photos and presentations. You can send files during a conversation or a voice or video call, and to single or multiple participants.

 

 

 

Also, any of your Skype contacts can send you a file using Skype so that you can easily get the files you need at no cost to yourself or the sender.

To enjoy the latest features and improvements, always make sure you’re using the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop.

The following frequently asked questions will help you get started with sending and receiving files:

How do I send a file in an instant message conversation?

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. At the top of the conversation window that appears, click the + button, then select 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….

How do I send a file in a call?

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 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 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 The IM button with an orange dot indicating the number of unread messages. .

How do I receive files?

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

To accept the file:

  1. Click Save as.
  2. A window is displayed warning you that files can contain viruses and asking you to reconfirm receipt. Tick the box if you don’t want this window to be displayed again.
  3. Choose a location to save the file.
  4. After the file has been saved to the location that you have selected, you can open it by clicking Open file. Alternatively, click Show in folder to display the location where the file has been saved.

How do I find a file I’ve previously received?

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

The Show in folder and Open file options selected.

  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, click Yesterday, 7 days, 30 days, 3 months or 6 months, as appropriate.
  4. Locate the received file in the conversation history.
  5. Click Open file or Show in folder.

To view a list of all the files you’ve sent and received, and to open the files:

  1. In the menu bar, click View.
  2. Select Files Sent and Received. A list of files opens and shows you who sent you the file, the name of the file, date and time it was sent.
  3. To locate the file you want, simply click the corresponding conversation from the list. The conversation window opens.

How do I view individual files if they have been sent together?

When someone has sent you multiple files, you’ll see a black arrow next to the icon representing them. Click this arrow to see a list of the files you're being sent, and the progress of each delivery.

The file transfer status displayed in the conversation window.

Is sending and receiving files using Skype safe?

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.
 

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