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Skype has started putting little squares next to people's names in Outlook indicating whether they are online or not. I would like to turn this off, yet I cannot find it as an option in Skype anywhere, or as a plugin in Outlook.

I have Outlook 2010, Skype on Windows 7.

How do I stop it?

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Does it not appear in Outlook -File -> Add-ins – Dave Mar 1 '13 at 12:37
If you mean Add-ins under File->Options then no. – paulmorriss Mar 1 '13 at 12:48
I can't see it, either under Skype or under Microsoft Office/Outllok. – paulmorriss Mar 1 '13 at 12:56
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A method via registry editing. Only do this if you know what you're doing and understand what editing the registry can mean.

Delete the newly added registry key at \HKEY_CURRENT_USERS\Software\IM Providers\DefaultIMApp (Skype sets the value to ‘Skype’ and also adds some sub keys). If this fails AFTER a restart, then set the DefaultIMApp value to ‘NotSkype’ at Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Softare\IM Providers\.

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I simply changed the DefaultIMApp key to "NotSkype" and restarted Outlook, and the unwanted presence indicators are now gone. – Nick Jones Dec 23 '15 at 14:44

You can try disabling the "Microsoft Outlook Social Connector" add-in under File -> Options without changing the registry.

It is possible to fully uninstall the Add-in via Add or Remove programs dialog, when you go to Microsoft Office 2010 and select Change. Then you locate the add-in under Outlook->Add-ins.

It will require computer restart.

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The Social Connector isn't enabled and yet I'm still getting the indicators. – paulmorriss Mar 1 '13 at 14:34

I am not sure if the presence indicators are because of Skype but I was able to remove them by following the steps below:

  1. Go to File -> Options.
  2. Select "Contacts" on the left side toolbar.
  3. Under "Online status and photographs" deselect "Display online status next to name"
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FYI, the presence indicators are for Skype. I also believe turning this off will stop Outlook from repeatedly crashing. – Sablefoste Oct 4 '13 at 20:51

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