Skype Help

    How do I send an instant message in Skype?

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    1. From the Chats tab, select the person or group you want to instant message. 
    2. Type your message in the chat window and select the Send send button button.

      To jump to your most recent message within a chat, select the down chevron down chevron button button. The option to jump to your most recent message within a chat is not available in Skype for Windows 10 (version 12) and Skype for Android 4.04 - 5.01.
       

    Skype on desktop and mobile

    Right-click or tap and hold your message. From the menu, you can:

    • Edit your message.
    • Copy your message to paste in a conversation window.
    • Quote your message in a conversation window.
    • Forward your message to another conversation.
    • Add bookmark to save your message to the Bookmarks window.
    • Select Messages to choose messages to copy, forward, or remove.
    • Remove your message.

    Note: The option to select messages is not available in Skype for Windows 10 (version 12)

    Use keyboard shortcuts to Quote or Forward  (Skype on desktop)

    1. From your chat, highlight any text within a message or multiple messages that you want to quote.
    2. Copy the text by pressing Ctrl+C (Windows) or Cmd+C (Mac) on your keyboard.
    3. Paste the text in the Type a message text field by pressing Ctrl+V (Windows) or Cmd+V (Mac).

      Note: To Forward the quote to a different chat, open a different conversation window and paste your copied text there.
    4. Choose Send Send Icon Button to deliver your quoted text.
     

    Skype on Android 4.0.4 - 5.1

    1. Tap and hold on your message. From the top, you can:
      • Quote your message in a conversation window.
      • Forward your message to another conversation.
      • Edit your message and send it again.
      • Copy your message to paste in a conversation window.
      • Remove your message from the conversation.

    Skype on desktop and mobile

    React to messages you've received

    Select the smiley face smiley face button  button next to an instant message you've received. A selection of available reactions will display. New reactions will be added frequently, and may differ by region. Click the arrows (or swipe, on mobile) to choose from additional reactions available.

    Selecting the emoticon will send it automatically.

    Copy, Quote, Forward and Report a received message 

    Right-click or tap and hold the message you've received. From the menu, you can:

    • Copy the message to be pasted in a conversation window.
    • Quote that message in a conversation window.
    • Forward the message to another contact.
    • Add bookmark to save the message to your Bookmarks window.
    • Select Messages to choose messages to copy or forward. 
    • Mark the message as Unread from here.
    • Report this conversation as spam or containing inappropriate material.

    Note: The option to select messages is not available in Skype for Windows 10 (version 12).

    Use keyboard shortcuts to Quote or Forward (Skype on desktop)

    1. From your chat, highlight any text within a message or multiple messages that you want to quote.
    2. Copy the text by pressing Ctrl+C (Windows) or Cmd+C (Mac) on your keyboard.
    3. Paste the text in the Type a message text field by pressing Ctrl+V (Windows) or Cmd+V (Mac).

      Note: To Forward the quote to a different chat, open a different conversation window and paste your copied text there.
    4. Choose Send Send Icon Button to deliver the quoted text.
     

    Skype on Android 4.0.4 - 5.1

    Tap and hold on a message you received, and then tap a button from the top to...
    • Quote your message in a conversation window.
    • Forward your message to another conversation.
    • Copy your message to paste in a conversation window.
    • Mark the conversation as Unread from here.
    • Tap the menu Report abuse button M3 button and select Report if it is spam or inappropriate material.

    Skype on Windows, Mac, Linux, Web and Skype for Windows 10 (version 14)

    1. In the Chats screen, select the down down chevron button button under the Search Skype bar. 
    2. From the Sort by menu, you can filter your chats by: 
      • Time
      • Unread
      • Hide or Show favorites
     

    Skype for Android (6.0+) and Android tablet

    1. In Chats, tap the menu button menu button  in the Search bar.
    2. From there you can filter your chats by Recent, Unread, or Active.
     

    Skype for iPhone and iPad

    1. In Chats, tap the filter Filter icon iOS button in the Search bar.
    2. From there you can filter your chats by RecentUnread, or Active
     

    Skype for Windows 10 (version 12)

    1. In the Chats screen, select the down down chevron button button under the Search Skype bar. 
    2. From the Sort by menu, you can filter your chats by: 
      • All
      • Unread
      • Mark all Conversations Read
     

    Note: Sorting instant messages is not available for Android 4.04 - 5.1.