Skype is the world’s fastest-growing service for Internet communication, allowing people everywhere to make unlimited voice and video calls for free. Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium service offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding services. Plus, Skype also has a growing network of hardware and software partners.

You may be already be a Skype user, but are you using Skype to its full potential? Here are some Useful tips, tricks, and skype hacks to get you using the platform like a pro.

 

 

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Set Up Caller ID

You can make Skype calls look like they are coming from one of your “real world” numbers, such as your cell, for free. Go to the “Skype” menu, then “Account,” then click on the “Set up caller identification” hyperlink. Follow the instructions and you’ll get a verification code to enter.

 

 

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Skype Hotkeys

Sykpe offers some useful “hotkeys” or keyboard shortcuts. You can find these by going to the “Tools” menu, then hitting up “Options,” “Advanced” and “Hotkeys.”

 

 

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Backup Your Contacts

You can backup your Skype Contacts by entering the Skype “Contacts” menu, click “Advanced,” then “Backup Contacts to File” to generate a vCard .vcf file to save down to your computer.

 

 

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Create “Favorite” Contacts

For quick access to finding people, it might be a good idea to create a Favorite contacts list. You can either drag and drop the contact to the “Favorites” section at the top of your contacts panel, or click on the star next to their name in a chat window.

 

 

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Personalize Notifications

Go to the Skype “Tools” menu, then “Options,” then “Notifications.” From here, you can tailor exactly what kind of alerts you get.

 

 

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Customize Sounds

To change the default settings, head to the “Tools” menu, then click “Options,” and select “Sounds.” As well as choosing from the pre-loaded options, you can import mono-WAV files to customize your very own audio alerts.

 

 

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Send Video Messages

Sending video messages is fun and easy to do! Simply click on the plus arrow in a contact’s chat window, select “Send a video message…” and follow the instructions.

 

 

 

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Connect your Facebook Account

Connecting your Facebook Account is simple todo. We go over the process in a previous blog post.

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