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    How do I change my Skype settings?

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    To access your settings in Skype:

    1. Select your profile picture.
    2. Select General settings gear icon Settings.

      Note: In Skype for Windows, Mac or Linux, if you are having issues opening Settings, it could already be open and hidden behind your other windows. 
    3. Choose from the following settings to make your changes:

      Note: You can access your Skype settings from any platform or device, but not all settings are available to change on every platform.
       
      • Account & Profile icon Account & Profile 
        • Control your profile picture visibility.
        • View and manage your account information. 
      • General settings gear icon General 
        • Change your language.
        • Choose your startup and close options. View available Skype Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts. (Not available in Skype for Web or mobile)
        • Customize your Translation settings by selecting your Spoken language or Translation voice.
      • Appearance magic wand icon Appearance 
        • Choose your color scheme, light or dark modes, and choose from light or dark high contrast accessible modes.
        • Enable compact list mode and show user and conversation icons. (Not available on mobile)
      • Audio & Video mic icon Audio & Video (Desktop only) 
        • Choose your camera and adjust the settings.
        • Choose your microphone and adjust the input levels. Choose your speakers and adjust the output levels. (Not available in Skype for Web)
      • Calling icon Calling 
        • Set up caller ID, call forwarding, and voicemail.
        • Turn on Call subtitles and other call settings. 
      • Messaging icon Messaging 
        • Turn read receipts on or off, change how emoticons appear, change your text size, and other IM settings.
        • Control the ability to have images available when you view a message by controlling when to download it - never, using WiFi, or using WiFi and cellular data. 
        • Customize file auto-download settings. (Not available in Skype for Web)
      • Notifications bell icon Notifications 
        • Increase, reduce, or eliminate what events Skype alerts you to.
        • Manage Do Not Disturb functions. 
        • Manage email notifications.
      • Contacts icon Contacts 
        • Sync contacts. (Not available in Skype for Windows or Linux)
        • Manage your blocked contacts.
        • Manage your privacy settings for contacts.
      • Help & Feedback info icon Help & Feedback 
        • Check your current Skype version.
        • Find links to help content and check current Skype Status.
        • Provide feedback and view additional information.


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