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How do I manage my contacts in Skype for Windows desktop?

After you’ve added contacts to your Skype contact list, it’s easy to manage and organize them. Click below to find, sort, rename, organize, and remove contacts.

Start typing a name into the search box and your conversation history with that person will be displayed.

To find people who are not in your contact list, type their email address or Skype Name into the search box and press the Enter key or click Search Skype.

Search all people on Skype option selected.

In the search results, click the person you’re looking for and then Add to Contacts. Send them a contact request so you can call, video call and instant message them.

You can sort your contacts by name or by online status. By default, contacts are sorted by online status, meaning that contacts currently online appear at the top of your contact list. To sort your contacts by name:

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. Click Contacts.
  3. Select Sort Contacts by > Name.

You can also hide contacts who are offline, offline with call forwarding or have not shared their details with you. To hide certain contacts:

  1. Click Contacts.
  2. Select Hide Contacts Who, and then select either Are Offline/Are Offline with Call Forwarding or Haven’t Shared Contact Details.

You can easily rename contacts in your contact list:

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. In your contact list, right-click the contact and select Rename….
  3. Type a new name for your contact and press Enter.

    The field to enter the new name for the contact displayed.

You can organize your contacts using lists and then filter your contact list using these lists. When you select a list, only contacts within that list will be displayed in your contact list.

To organize your contacts into lists:

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. In the Contacts tab, click the down arrow next to All to display the drop-down menu, then select one of the lists.

    The lists drop-down menu displayed after selecting the arrow next to All.

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Contacts are automatically added to default lists. You can also create your own lists and add your contacts to them.

To create a new list:

  1. Right-click the Contacts tab, then select Create New List....
  2. Enter a name for the new list and press Enter.

    The Create New List… option selected after right-clicking the Contacts tab.

You can now add contacts to the new list.

To add a contact to a list:

  1. In your contact list, find the contact you want to add to a list.
  2. Right-click the contact and select Add to List, then select the list. The contact is added to the list.

If you’ve already added this contact to one of your lists, the Manage Lists option appears instead of Add to List. Simply select Manage Lists and check another list you want to add the contact to. You’ll find the contact in all the lists you’ve checked.

You cannot add Outlook contacts to the lists you’ve created yourself. They’re automatically added to the Microsoft Office Outlook list.

Learn more about reaching your Microsoft Office Outlook contacts.

To rename or delete a list: 

  1. In your contact list, click the drop-down arrow next to All contacts.
  2. Select the list you want to rename or delete.
  3. Hover your mouse over the list and select either Rename The Rename icon. or Delete The Delete icon..

    The Rename and Delete options.

  4. You can now edit the list name. Type a new name for the list and press Enter to save it. You cannot edit or delete a default list.

By removing someone from your contact list, you’ll always appear offline to each other but you’ll still be able to contact each other. To stop someone from contacting you, you’ll need to block them.

To remove a contact from your contact list:

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. In your contact list, find the contact you want to remove. Right-click the contact name and select Remove from Contacts. Then confirm by clicking Remove.
  3. The contact is removed from your contact list but will still appear in the Recent tab with a question mark. Right-click the contact name to see the options: Add to Contacts or Block This Person.

    The Add to Contacts, Ignore and Block options displayed in the main window after selecting the contact you’ve removed.

Here are a few pages that can help you do even more:

 

 

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