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Sending instant messages (Windows desktop)
Have real time instant message (IM) conversations with anyone on Skype, for free.
To send an instant message
Sending instant messages (IM) to your contacts is the easiest way to get in touch with your friends on Skype:
In Skype, in the Contacts tab, find the person or group you want to IM. Or in the Recent tab, find the conversation you want to pick up again.
Select the contact, group or conversation.
In the main window, click inside the conversation box.
Type a message and select the Send button, or just press the Enter key on your keyboard.
You can send IMs even when your contacts are offline . They will receive your instant messages as soon as you are both online on Skype.
You can also reach them immediately by sending SMS text messages or by calling their mobiles or landlines.
If someone IMs you
When someone IMs you, the notification window pops-up.
You can see that the Skype window on the taskbar flashes orange and an orange badge appears on the Recent tab and in the system tray .
To reply to an IM:
Click the Recent tab. You'll see a list of conversations, with unread messages displayed in bold.
Find the IM you want to read and select it.
To reply, in the main window, click inside the conversation box.
Type a message and click the blue Send message button, or just press the Enter key on your keyboard.
To change your IM settings
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:
Useful things you can do in an IM
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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Add people to this conversation
Add people to the instant message to create a group IM.
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