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 inconvenient :(


You can use spacebar to toggle mute/unmute.

Credit: http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=70965&view=findpost&p=2216171

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    The Skype window has to be the one in focus to do this, but it works well. – lo_fye Sep 29 '10 at 18:33
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    Doesn't work at all for me. – echo on Mar 26 '12 at 21:01
  • Fairly sure this is out of date, try Shift-Cmd-M as per my other answer. – William Turrell May 23 '18 at 13:43

When Skype is focused, Command+Shift+M toggles the microphone.

Ctrl+Alt+Command+­­ ↑ also mutes the microphone for me, and works globally. However, it's not a toggle; as noted below, it switches to Push To Talk mode, in which the mic is muted by default but will be unmuted as long as Ctrl+Alt+Command+­­ ↑ is pressed.

I'm on OS X 10.8, with the latest version of Skype as of 10/16/2012.

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    Note that the mentioned keyboard shortcut: Ctrl Alt Command ↑ also functions as Push To Talk (PTT) when the microphone is muted. – mhson Oct 31 '12 at 8:46
  • This should be the selected answer – bheussler Nov 23 '15 at 16:10
  • Perfect, I'd been looking for this for a while - "Control + Option + Command + Up" is the winner! Works globally too, so you don't need to have Skype in focus. – Michael Drozdowski Apr 10 '17 at 0:55
  • I was using this and found this very useful. But since the update of Skype 8 on Mac, this shortcut has stopped working... The Cmd + Shift + M still works tho. Microsoft just made it so embarrassing. – The-Vinh VO Mar 8 '18 at 4:01

While the application does not have a built in keyboard shortcut for it you can add one using the Keyboard Shortcuts feature in the Keyboard Preference Pane in System Preferences.

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Open Keyboard
  3. Change to the Keyboard Shortcuts section (If using Snow Leopard click Application Shortcuts on the left side)
  4. Press the '+' button.
  5. Select Skype as the Application
  6. Menu Title: "Mute"
  7. Choose a Keyboard Shortcut (eg. Command-Option-M as Command-M is used for minimize.)
  8. Press OK, close System Preferences and restart Skype if it was open.
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    Thanks! I'm using F15. Easy to find in the dark, and never used anyway :) – lo_fye Oct 1 '09 at 11:33

Shift-Cmd-M for me works in Skype 7.59 for Mac, which is the current version (and I really don't remember configuring it myself). You'll find Mute Microphone in the Conversations menu.

See also: Skype's own list.

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If anyone is looking for a way to do this so you can mute yourself from anywhere in the Mac OS operating system, follow my how-to guide. This is extremely handy because you do not have to go to/from Skype or any other applications you're using for video conferencing.


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