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Your conversation history includes all the instant messages you’ve sent to and received from your contacts or groups, as well as details of any calls you've had on Skype. Your conversations are saved on your hard drive for a period of time, which you can specify in your history settings. The last 30 days of your conversation history are also stored in the cloud, so you can access it when you're signed in to Skype on any device. Learn how to delete or hide your chat history.
To browse your conversation history:
If you need to find a particular message within your conversation history with a contact or group, you can search for a specific word or phrase within the conversation.
If you’ve read a message, but need to remember to go back to it later, just right-click the conversation and select Mark as Unread. This turns the conversation orange in the Recent tab, and adds a notification to the Skype icon in your task bar, reminding you to read it later.
Your conversation history is saved on your computer’s hard drive for a specified period of time. To change how long you keep your Skype history on your computer:
The last 30 days of your conversation history are stored in the cloud, so you can access it when you’re signed in to Skype on any device. History older than 30 days is saved on your hard drive, according to your history settings.
You can back up your history if for any reason you need to uninstall Skype, or if you want to transfer your history from one computer to another – for example, from a Windows PC to another Windows PC, or a Windows machine to a Mac. You just need to copy the main database file in your Skype Name folder.
To save and transfer your conversation history:
The chat history exporter in Skype for Windows desktop lets you export your conversation history in CSV format so that you can keep it outside of Skype.
Remember, the last 30 days of your conversation history are stored in the cloud, so won't be exported. Only the history saved on your hard drive, according to your 'keep history for' setting, is exported.
To export your chat history:
You can use the CSV file with any spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel. Be aware that some content, for example media files, is not exported; shared URLs and similar content is exported within XML tags; some messages may be split into separate rows due to formatting issues.
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