Watch the video to see how you can send instant messages in just over a minute. A step-by-step guide is also available below.
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To send an instant message:
When someone IMs you, the Skype icon on the taskbar will turn orange and let you know that you have a new instant message.
To reply to an IM:
You can change your IM privacy settings, alter certain IM functions and customize the appearance of your instant messages.
In Skype, from the menu bar click Tools > Options.
Choose IM & SMS from the left and click the Show advanced options button to see all options.
In the IM Settings panel, change your IM settings as required. You can choose:
To change the appearance of your instant messages, select IM appearance on the left.
You can customize:
Edit a sent message
You can edit or delete an instant message within 60 minutes after you’ve sent it. To change or remove your IM, simply right-click the message and choose Edit Message or Remove Message.
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Send a video message
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Use special text formatting
You can use basic text markup in chats to use special formatting:
In the latest version of Skype, you can disable special text formatting, if you want. To do this: