Setting Up Skype

Setting Up Skype

Get to know the Skype window

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn how to navigate the Skype window.

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The Call menu gathers all of your calling actions in one place. If you're not sure how to do something on a call, just come here to gain access to things like mute, transfer, and ignore with a single click.


Click here for shortcuts on everything related to Conversation on Skype—in other words, instant messaging. Options range from viewing old messages to setting up special notifications based on the contents of the message.


The Contacts menu includes shortcuts for managing your contacts. Some common tasks include importing contacts and changing how your contacts are sorted in the Skype window.


The Skype menu bar lets you change things related to you and your account—even your online status so people can tell when you're available. This is also where you can sign out of Skype.

Skype Home

The Skype Home tab is your general Skype homepage. It's the first thing you see when you log in, and it's the screen pictured in this interactive. Here, you can easily update your status update, view news and alerts, and easily interact with your top contacts.


The Contacts tab contains your Skype contact list. Here, you can click a contact's name to open a pane where you can call him or her, view his or her profile, and see his or her message history. You can also right-click a contact's name to quickly access more options.

Status and Profile Tab

This blue bar serves two purposes. Click the small status icon to quickly change your online status; or click anywhere else on the bar to view your Profile page.

The Profile page is where you go to edit your profile, and control whether certain things are public, or visible to your contacts only (for example, your profile picture).


Go to the Help menu whenever you have a technical question about Skype. Heartbeat (Skype Status) can even tell you if Skype is experiencing technical issues.


Open the Tools menu to access online games and settings for your Skype account. You'll probably use Options the most for configuring things like your audio settings, privacy, and general settings.


Use the View menu to quickly navigate to anything you're not currently viewing, such as your profile, voicemail messages, and files you've sent or received.


The Recent tab contains a list of your most recent calls. You can right-click a contact's or group's name to quickly access additional options.