Skype is a must-have tool for any PC user. Just imagine how much money it saves us on text messaging and international calls! Unlike Facetime which is popular only among Mac and iOS users, Skype can be installed almost to any PC or smartphone, plus it provides a handful of indispensable IM and calling features. Since we spend so much time chatting on Skype, it’s nice to know more about its possibilities. Here is the roundup of 10 cool Skype features which you may not know about.
1. Secret emoticons
The common Skype emoticons can be accessed by clicking on the smiley at the top of the compose message box, but there are tons more you can use. To generate them, you just have to type the corresponding word or symbol combination.
To discover the emotions meaning explore our Emoji Alphabet.
2. Share screens
No more need to screen capture a video to share it with friends and colleagues! You may display a presentation, explain how to use a software, show photos without sending them and much more just having switched “Share Screens” option. All you need is to select a contact, start video call, click the “+” button on the taskbar, and select “Share screens”. This feature is available for free only for video calls between two people.
3. Change text font and size
By default, Skype’s font is 8pt Tahoma. If it’s too small and you want to change it, go to Tools>Options>IM & SMS>IM appearance. Now hit the “Change font” button and customize it to your preference.
4. Share contacts
If you want to share contacts with a new Skype friend, you don’t have to type each Skype id, so that your friend could find it in the base. Just go to the Contacts list, select a person or a group you’d like to share and drag-‘n-drop it into the chat window.
5. Rename contacts
How many Johns or Anns do you have on your Contacts list? Why not rename the contacts in the way you used to know them? E.g. “John Smith (SEO consultant)” or Ann (travel agent). To do this, in the Contacts view, simply right click on the person whose name you want to change and choose “Rename…”. Alternatively, you may change the name in the Chat window via a notepad icon next to the contact name.
6. Quickly edit your last message
If you notice a typo in you last message just after hitting the Enter button, you may click the Up arrow and the message will appear back in the edit box. Make the changes and hit Send message to resend the edited version.
If you’d like to edit a message a few IMs later, right-click on it and choose “Edit message”. You can also delete messages in the same way.
7. Clear history
For your convenience Skype keeps chat history on your computer. If it may compromise your privacy as anyone has access to your computer can easily see it, you can delete Skype history. Go to Tools>Options>Privacy>Privacy Settings and find the button “Clear history”. You may also set the period during which your history will be kept, e.g. Skype may clear all the history every two weeks and not keep it at all.
8. Leave conversation
Like all Skype users, you must have dozens of active Skype conversations – some of them important, others annoying you all day long. Cheer up, you may easily leave a conversation by right clicking on it and selecting “Leave conversation”. Note that this option is available for conversations between more than two people.
9. Hide all notifications
Feeling bothered with constant Skype popups that someone is online or offline? Switch them off in Tools>Options>Notifications. You may disable them all or choose only important ones, e.g. when someone sends you a file or has a birthday.
10. Search within chat
It often happens to me, when I can’t find necessary information anywhere but in Skype chat. Here the search function is extremely helpful. Just open a conversation and hit Ctrl+F to start the search.
What other secret Skype features do you know?
If you by chance don’t like Skype, check other chat apps and find the suitable one for your purposes.