Skype Basics Showing How To Get Started

This tutorial is about Skype Basics for those who have not explored the possibilities of Skype for personal and business use.

Open up a new world of communication. Hundreds of thousands people use Skype to connect to family and friends. I created this tutorial for those who have not discovered the many benefits of using Skype and may have not set up an account. The video feature of Skype does not always have to be in use. There are so many other useful features which you can use, especially for business purposes. If you already use Skype, you may find some new tips to help you with your business connections. I use Skype for personal use and I use it a lot for business.

Skype has many business uses such as text chatting, being able to exchange business information, resources, creating groups, and transferring files to mention a few. It is a great tool for quick communication and takes less time than sending emails when you need to do a quick connect or a private conversation.

What is Skype?

Skype is a service that allows user to communicate  with others by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the internet.

In this tutorial I will discuss Skype basics and tips you need to know to get started.

You do not always have to be on video to use skype. It is a great way to visually connect with family and friends for personal use, but you can use it for texting or chatting one on one or in groups, and as you will see, It has a lot of uses for business.

What do you need to get started?

1) An internet connection

2) A webcam so you can let people see you

3) A computer or mobile device with a microphone and speakers or a headset


Skype is best known for its ability to make calls from your computer to a landline phone– a paid service – but you can also make computer-to-computer calls for free.

Before you begin, login to the internet.

1) Creating your Skype Account

Login to your computer. Go to and click on the join button.Skype basics

Fill out the information to set up your account.

Make sure that you use a valid email address, as you will need this if you forget your password. It is also used to send you important messages about Skype and any products you’ve purchased.

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Skype basics

Enter a Skype Name. This is the name people will use to contact you on Skype.

Once created, you cannot change it.

Your Skype Name (Skype ID) must be between 6 and 32 characters. It must start with a letter and can contain only letters, numbers, and the following punctuation letter and one number.

Allowed Marks:

full stop (.)
comma (,)
dash (-)
underscore (_)

Enter a password. You will use this to sign in to Skype. Your password is case sensitive, must be between 6 and 20 characters, and must contain at least one letter and one number.
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Read the Skype Terms of Use and the Skype Privacy Policy and then click I agree– Continue.
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Your Skype account is created, and you are signed in to it. You can use your Skype Name and password to sign in to Skype on your computer, mobile phone, TV or any device you use Skype on.

In your account, you can buy Skype Credit and subscriptions, and manage other Skype features such as Online Numbers, Skype To Go™ numbers, voicemail and sending SMS messages.

Depending upon your operating system, you may have to download Skype as an application if you don’t already have it loaded on your computer.

1)  There is a download button on Click download and a window with the Skype icon will appear. (If it does not, locate the Skype file that was downloaded and double-click it.) Drag the Skype icon to your Application folder or a folder you created on your desktop.

2) Open your Applications folder and drag the Skype icon into the Dock (the row of icons at the bottom of your computer screen) for easy access. You can throw away any remaining files that were downloaded in the process of installing Skype.

2) Main Skype Window Tour-Your Skype Dashboard

This is home. Be sure to fill out your profile and business information. You can also post links and messages for your friends to see on their end. Fill out as much of your profile as possible.

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Skype basics

Adding Contacts

First start adding contacts-You can search for a Name, Skype Name, or email address. Type in your search words and click the Search button. When you find someone you want to add, send them a request.

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When they receive your request, they will either accept or ignore it. As you acquire more friends and contacts, their avatars will be located on the left side of your dashboard.

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Your Status

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You can set your status by clicking on the Skype Bubble next to you Skype Id. You can set your bubble to any status you desire. If you do not want to be interrupted, invisible allows you to stay online and others do not know.

Text Messaging or Chatting

The most useful feature of Skype for business is instant messaging. If you want to text someone, click on their name located on the left side of your account, assuming you have added them, or accepted them as a contact.

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For business, text chat is a place you can network, develop JV relationships, make deals, and handle business. You can copy and paste information directly and instantly to another person or to a group. You can also transfer files to any of your contacts or groups. Skype is great for personal and business chat.

These are you call command icons.

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Skype basics

Click the plus sign for more features.

Four cool things you can do on Skype. Highlight the one you want.

  • Send Files-Transfer files
  • Send Contacts
  • Share Screens-You can share your screen with others and visa versa.
  • Add People-For adding people to groups.

Calling Other Skype Users – Audio and Video

1.Open Skype and see if the person you wish to talk to is currently online.

2.Double-click the userʼs name to initiate a voice chat. Once the recipient accepts your request, a window will appear indicating that your chat is in progress.

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Skype basics

3.To add video to your conversation, simply click on the video camera icon on the lowerleft corner of the window.

4.Now the other user can see you. They will have to click the same icon on their computer to allow you to see them.

5.To end the call, click the red icon of a phone.

Talk to anybody in the world free including all business contacts


Groups in Skype are great places to do business and network. To create a group:

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Emoticons and Hidden Emoticons

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Emoticons are as the name implies, icons with emotion. They are a great feature of Skype. You can use Skype regular or hidden emoticons during text messaging, and they make a difference in the tone of the messages. Each emoticon is coded. For example,  (sun) a sun. In Skype chat, click on the smily face to open the available icons. If you are using just the codes, don’t use spaces or capitals. (sun) is not ( sun ).

If you are posting, and want to include emoticons, be sure to put a space before and after after the code. For example (sun)  How is your business going today (sun) ? If you want to see the code for a specific emoticon, right click and copy into notepad, it will show in text code.

Here is a complete list of emoticons and their codes for reference. This list includes regular and hidden.

Skype has many advanced features such as video conferencing. This tutorial should get you started with Skype Basics.

Once you familiarize yourself with Skype, it can be a valuable tool you can use to communicate with your friends, family, and colleagues. Feel free to explore on your own by using the menu bar located at the top of your dashboard. Each item opens up to advanced features.

Skype Basics for Mobile

Finally, don’t forget you can also download a Skype App to stay connected all the time.

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Happy Skyping!

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