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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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Free, open source, cross-platform alternative to Skype [closed]

What free, open source, cross-platform alternatives to Skype are there that also don't contain banner ads (although a reminder for donations at shutdown would be acceptable)? Connecting to real ...
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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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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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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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Invisible for all in Skype but not for specified contacts

do you know if it is possible to stay invisible on Skype but specify a list of contacts for which your status is visible? A sort of whitelist contact group.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?

How can I run multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Now they reverse-engineered Skype, do we have an alternative client?

The former question on this subject may be outdated. The Skype protocol was reverse engineered and published, including the source. Has someone written a nice client with this material?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recording Skype conference calls on OSX?

I am looking for an open-source way to generate an audio record of Skype conference calls under OSX 10.5 or higher.
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Ubuntu, Bluetooth headset and Skype

I have a nice bluetooth headset Plantronics 590 and I really want to use it in Linux the way I use it in Windows, i.e. listen to music and call through Skype. There's tons of tutorials how to make ...
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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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Disable unread count in the Skype dock icon

Is there anyway to disable the unread count in the Skype dock icon? I don't want want to use the Mark unread messages as read immediately option, since I want to see what I missed when I switch back ...
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Skype: see who's talking

Running Skype 6.15.330 on OSX 10.8. During a conference call, if I onhover and keep moving the mouse cursor, I can see the names of the people and they become blue when they're talking. Is there any ...
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Is it possible to run multiple instance of skype?

At the moment when run, I can only open one instance of skype. Is it possible to do so with 2 instances?
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Skype 4.3 without PulseAudio. 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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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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Multiple Skype Accounts in Windows 8

We use Skype at work and I use Skype at home, however I have two accounts so clients can't call me at home and I'm not distracted when I'm at work. I've just upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 to ...
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Linux Skype: how to show contacts who are offline?

I've done something stupid to my Linux Skype configuration. Only my online contacts are shown—it's as if my offline contacts don't exist. This is a problem when I'm trying to figure out if ...
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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 Whiteboard

According to Skype's blog, a whiteboarding feature was added in Skype 3. Using Skype 5 on Windows, I can't find this feature. Is it present?