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    This article is for people with visual impairments who use a screen reader program with Skype and is part of the Skype Accessibility content set. For more general help, visit Skype Support home.

    Use Skype with your keyboard and a screen reader, such as NVDA or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to view and navigate the profile of a contact or someone you have chatted with. From the profile, you can start calls or conversations, block or remove a contact, or change chat settings. The information provided in this article is for use with the latest version of Skype. For more information please go to How do I update Skype?
     

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    View a profile

    1. In Skype, press either Alt+1 to open the Chats list, or Alt+2 to open the Contacts list, depending on if you want to view the profile of a Skype contact or a chat session.
    2. In the Chats or Contacts list, navigate to the contact whose profile you want to access, and press the Menu key to open the context menu.
    3. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "View profile," and press Enter. The User profile dialog opens.
     

     

    Navigate a profile

    You can access many actions from the profile of a contact or someone you've chatted with.

    Note: Not all actions are supported for all profiles.

     

    Add a contact to favorites

    In a profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Add to favorites," and press Enter to toggle it on. Chats or contacts selected as favorites show up at the top of the Skype Chats or Contacts list.
     

    Rename a contact

    1. In a profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Edit Profile button," and then press Enter.
    2. Press the Tab key until you hear the name of the contact. Enter the new name for the contact.
    3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Save", and then press Enter.
    Note: Changing the name of a contact only changes how their name appears to you.

     

    Start a chat or call

    To start a chat or a call with a contact, do one of the following:

    • To send a message, press the Tab key until you hear "Send message," and then press Enter to open a chat pane with the contact.
    • To start a call, press the Tab key until you hear "Start call," and then press Enter.
    • To start a video call, press the Tab key until you hear "Start video call," and then press Enter.
    • To start a private conversation, press the Tab key until you hear "Start private conversation," and then press Enter to send an invitation to a private conversation. Messages, media files, and calls in a private conversation are encrypted.
     

    Send or request funds

    1. In a contact profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Send and request money," and press Enter. The user profile is closed, and the Money pane opens.
    2. Do one of the following:
      • To send money:
        1. Press the Tab key until you hear "Send money," and press Enter. The Where can I send money? view opens.
        2. Press the Tab key until you hear "Continue," and press Enter. The Send money view opens. You hear "Currency," followed by the currently selected currency. Select the currency you want by pressing the Up and Down arrow keys.
        3. Enter the amount you want to send using the number keys, then press the Tab key until you hear "Continue," and then press Enter. The Choose card view opens.
        4. Choose the card you want to accompany your funds by pressing the Tab key until you hear the one you want, then press Enter. Press the Tab key until you hear "Continue," and then press Enter.
        5. You need to log in to PayPal to finish the transaction. You hear "Continue to PayPal." Press Enter to move to PayPal, then log in with your credentials and follow the provided instructions.
        6. When the payment is complete, the sent money will appear as a card in the chat window.
      • To request money:
        1. Press the Tab key until you hear "Request money," and press Enter. The Request money view opens.
        2. Press the Tab key until you hear "Continue," and press Enter.
        3. You hear "Currency," followed by the currently selected currency. Select the currency you want by pressing the Up and Down arrow keys.
        4. Enter the amount you want to request using the number keys, then press the Tab key until you hear "Continue," and then press Enter.
        5. You hear "You are requesting," followed by the amount requested and the name of the user. To add an optional note with your request, press the Tab key until you hear "Enter optional note for request," enter your note, and then press the Tab key until you hear "Request money." To send the request, press Enter.
        6. The request for funds is shown in the chat window as a card, which contains the current status of the request. To close the Money view, press the Tab key until you hear "Back to chat," and then press Enter.
    Note: Sending or requesting funds is only available to customers in certain countries.

     

    Use the Chat gallery

    The Chat gallery contains photos, files, and web links shared in a chat. You can use it to easily browse previously shared content, and to add more.

    1. In a profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Open Chat gallery," and then press Enter. The profile is closed, and the Chat gallery opens.
    2. To filter the contents of the Chat gallery, press the Tab key until you hear "Media filter menu," and then press Enter. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select which option you want, then press Enter to select it.
    3. To share a file, press the Tab key until you hear "Drop here to share," and press Enter to open the Open dialog. Select the file you wish to share, press the Tab key until you hear "Open," and then press Enter.

     

    Configure chat settings

    You can access the settings from a chat profile. You can toggle notifications on and off or delete an entire conversation. If you have opened a private chat, you can also toggle notifications for the private chat separately, delete the private chat, or end the private chat, which lets you continue chatting without end-to-end encryption.

    • In a chat profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Chat settings," and press Enter.
    • Press the Tab key until you hear the setting you want, and then press Enter to select it.
     

    Remove or block a contact


    To remove a contact:

    1. In a profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Remove from contact list," and then press Enter. The Remove from contact list window opens.
    2. Press Enter to confirm removal.


    To block a contact:

    1. In a user profile, press the Tab key until you hear "Block contact," and then press Enter.
    2. Press the Tab key until you hear "Report abuse from this person." If you want to report abuse, press Spacebar to toggle the option. To select a reason for your report, press the Tab key until you hear the option you want and press Spacebar again.
    3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Block," and then press Enter.
     

     

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