Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls, instant message, and video conference over the Internet.

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How to disable the skype ads (advertisement)?

The Skype client shows a disturbing colored ad at the bottom of the client. The ad is unnecessary and only takes away important space for the contact list. How can I remove that permanentely? Even ...
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Disable advertisements on Skype?

An ad titled "Two friends who've never met" recently appeared on my girlfriend's Skype. The ad appears above the name of the contact she is currently speaking to and can't be disabled via the ad ...
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Do any multi-client IM clients support Skype Chat? [closed]

It would be best if they can run without having Skype installed at all. Does such a creature exist?
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Greenscreen (aka chroma key) effect with a webcam?

This is not the blue screen of death I am speaking of, but the process called bluescreening (also known as green screen, or Chroma Key). It removes a particular colored background from an image so ...
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Mute conversations on Skype

I'm in a conversation and I don't really want to leave because the people there keep adding me back so it's just whatever. But I would like to mute the conversation or something like I do on Facebook ...
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mute individual Skype text chat?

My workplace uses Skype exclusively for individual and group chats. Messages are posted to the group chats several times a minute. I would like to mute the constant audible notification for group ...
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How do I export the history of Skype?

Is it possible to export Skype v4 chat history into some readable plain-text format? (.txt, .xml, .html) Alternatively, is it possible to backup/restore skype chat history? (I wouldn't mind backup to ...
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Escape Skype Messages to Use Special Character Combinations

In a technical environment it's more than common to copy/paste configuration files, URLs, code samples and such in order to inform the other chat participant about something. In that case all kinds of ...
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Send preformatted text in Skype

Sometimes I send pieces of code using Skype. Very often the text is messed up with smileys, and some brackets show up doubled. Can I somehow send text that will not be transformed? Something like &...
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How to log out from skype app?

I have installed the Skype-App for Windows 8 and a friend logged in first with his account. Now I want to log him out to log in myself with my account but there is no Logout option. I tried to ...
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How to copy Skype text without timestamp?

Skype is so annoying to me when I try to copy text from my chat; i.e. it alsway include the timestamp when pasted. How to copy only the plain text?
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How much data (MB) does Skype consume in a 1 minute call?

How much data (in megabytes) does Skype consume in a 1 minute audio call? And how much data does Skype consume in a 1 minute video call? Is it fixed or does it vary with the mobile version or PC ...
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Viewing the full Skype chat history

I have Skype 2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. Under the the chat menu is an option called "Recent Chats". This allows me to see logs of recent chats, but not of older ones. I know the older ones are ...
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Appearing visible to selected contacts in Skype

How can we appear visible to selected contacts while remaining invisible to others?
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Multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?

How can I run multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?
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How do I make Skype use the entire available screen width for my chats?

It seems silly to waste all that screen real estate. You can expand the Skype screen to full width, but the text area maxes-out and does not use it. In lengthy chats it would be useful to be able ...
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How to create a new emoticon for skype?

I'm aware of hidden emoticons of skype, but I'd like to create my own emoticon. Is that possible to do? If so, how can I do that? Is there any tool for that?
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Does Skype have a keyboard shortcut for switching among conversations?

Does Skype have a keyboard shortcut for switching among conversations? I've searched the web and through Skype forums, and can't find anything. There's something under the Tools → Accessibility ...
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Unicode characters suddenly start displaying as boxes in some applications [duplicate]

I noticed that Unicode characters suddenly stopped displaying in some applications, so far Notepad++ and Skype, when they were appearing previously. Instead they appear as boxes. They were working ...
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Is it possible to make text strikethrough while sending instant messaging in skype?

does any one know, whether or not it is possible to strike through text like this in skype while sending instant messaging or edit message which has been already sent. I searched a little, and I ...
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Search via all Skype history

How to search given string at all chat histories? СTRL+F - search inside one chat, but I have a lot them, so I want find something in all saved chats?
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Skype IM Privacy Settings

I have my skype privacy settings defined to only allow IMs from people in my contact list. I also have this set for calls/video, etc. And yet, almost every morning when I boot up I have a ...
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Skype - Unable to receive group chat messages

My Skype is working almost completely. I can send files, make and receive calls and chats normally. However, I don't receive messages from chat groups that have been created recently. What I have ...
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Skype 4.3 without PulseAudio, only ALSA. Any options?

I have been using Skype for over 10 years now, almost since the initial release, and most of my friends/family/colleagues use it too. So switching IM is not an option. Microsoft has recently changed ...
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GLaDOS (Portal 2) voice changer recommendation?

Anyone know of a good program or a method that comes close to matching GLaDOS' voice from Portal games? I'm going to surprise my boyfriend with a Skype call... mwahahaha
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Skype message sync and notifications - Windows 8

The problem is that my messages don't seem to sync and neither do I get notifications from the Windows Store App. I have both, the desktop program and the Windows Store App, the problem is that ...
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How can I send screenshots more quickly in Skype?

It's so long and complicated to open Paint/Photoshop/whatever and saving a file somewhere, then dragging it to Skype just send a screenshot to a friend through Skype! How can I speed up the process? ...
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Skype chats and missed calls keep reappearing

I have Skype 4.2.0.11 on Ubuntu 12.04 I have a recurring problem that a set of skype chats and missed calls keep reappearing as notifications when I startup skype, even though I delete them every ...
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Skype: How to record a podcast?

I am doing a podcast with some friends. We are planning to do this by getting onto a Skype conference call and discussing our topic. Is there a way to record this Skype conference conversation into a ...
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Does Skype automatically save chat history to the cloud?

I am not sure, but months ago I installed Skype in Ubuntu and it automatically pulled chat history from the cloud which means it did. However, lately my hard disk installed with Windows 7 broke. Now ...
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Play music in a Skype call

I'd like to be able to play music in a Skype call so everyone can hear it. Here's everything I tried: Setting the microphone device to Stereo Mix. People can hear music but obviously can't hear me ...
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Skype - remove from contacts or block user?

I have temporary contacts in Skype that I want to remove when I no longer need them. So, if I just delete the user via Remove from Contacts option, will he be able to see me in his contacts after I ...
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Skype status showing always online

Skype has recently started showing my online status as constantly "online" even after I have been inactive for longer than the configured time period of 5 minutes. Things that I have tried: ...
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Automatically send Skype chat notifications to email?

I don't like to run skype all the time anymore. Is there any way to get chat notifications sent to my email account?
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How can I make myself invisible in Skype for Windows 8 without becoming invisible in Messenger?

I'd prefer for my Skype contacts not to know when I am online. But if I mark myself as "invisible" in skype, it also marks as "invisible" accross the entire OS. Among other things, this signs me out ...
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How to stop Skype (Mac) from asking if I *really* want to close it?

At the end of each workday, I shut down my computer. My instinct is to hit ⌃, ⌥, ⌘, ⏏, switch off the monitors and walk away. However, Skype will prevent system shutdown by asking: Of course, ...
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Does my Skype status ever change to 'Away' automatically?

Does my Skype status ever automatically change to Away? If so, when does this happen?
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Key to mute my Skype mic?

I'm using a Mac. Is there a keyboard shortcut for muting the mic during a call? I can't find one, and I often need to toggle mute/unmute. Clicking the button on the Skype interface is very ...
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How to stop windows 8 from muting your running apps?

When having a phone call running on skype and whenever I switch to another app, the Skype app mutes itself. I can work around it by doing the "snap left" or "snap right" option and open the other app ...
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How can I sign out of Skype from everywhere logged in to my account?

When using Skype, we can log in to the same account from multiple PCs. Currently I have one PC logged into Skype with my account. The problem is that it was a laptop of my relatives and I cannot ...
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Getting desktop (not Metro) Skype for Windows 8

I have Windows 8, and I want regular Skype, not Metro Skype. Metro Skype doesn't support many features that the desktop version does, and it's buggy. I tried to go to http://beta.skype.com/en/...
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Where does Skype save my contact's avatars in Linux?

I'm using Skype on Linux. Where can I find images cached by skype of my contact's avatars?
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Unable to install ia32-libs

I am running Debian wheezy/sid x86_64 and I am trying to install the official Skype package. However I seem to be having a few dependency issues that I can't resolve. I have enabled multiarch, the ...
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How to get better Skype notifications in Ubuntu?

In Ubuntu, I want to be notified in a customizable way when someone speaks in a Skype conversation (but not in group Chat 'channels'). The problem is: I have lots of windows open, so I often don't ...
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Linux Skype alternative similar to Windows Skype?

Does anybody know a good option for a Skype based solution that works on Linux? I have a real problem with the current Linux version as it is a crappy, buggy and downgraded version of the Windows ...
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How do you record a Skype conversation on Windows?

Is there an app or plugin for Skype to record a conversation? Or can you use an audio application like Sonar or Sony Vegas Studio to do this?
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How do I make Skype not use port 80?

I need this port for apache, how do I forbidden Skype from trying to use this port any more?
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Is it possible to use Skype to fax?

If not, how can I fax using a computer application? I am also open to using an online application.
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Make notifications of Skype messages more attention-grabbing

We use Skype chat at work. I'm finding that I don't notice when people send a message to me. The only notification is a tiny little bouncing bubble in the tray. I have three monitors, and the tray is ...
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How can I get Skype-like shared history among all clients using Jabber?

Skype does this neat thing where it sends the same history (event log, message log) to all clients connected to that account. This results in exactly the same chat log on all clients, even containing ...