How to Use Skype – Course for Microsoft Windows








Downloading & Installing Skype

This lesson shows you how to download and install the free program Skype.  Click here to download Skype after watching the steps in the video lesson.




Running Skype for the first time

This lesson shows you what happens the first time you open Skype, including how to set up the free account that is needed to use the program.



Adding a contact to your Skype address book

Skype, like most chat programs, uses a list of contacts or “buddies” that lets you keep in touch with your friends, family, or whomever you want to be able to talk to with the program. This lesson shows you how to find and add a contact to your list.





Setting your “status”

Your “status” is a way to let people know if you are available for a conversation in Skype. Setting your status to Available, Away, Busy, etc. is easy to do, and being able to recognize when one of your contacts in Skype might not be able to chat is a simple but important skill.






Calling someone with Skype

See how to call someone in your contact list so you can have an audio (voice) conversation, or even a video conversation with them for free, anywhere in the world.

Please also note that during the lesson you see me on a video chat and you may notice my voice and my lips’ movement is not in sync — this is caused by the recording of the video lesson



When someone calls you with Skype

This video lesson shows you what you see when someone tries calling you for a chat, and how to go from there.




Texting With Skype

Skype allows you to have written conversations (Instant Messages or “IMs”) with other Skype users – this is not like writing an email, but basically the same as sending a text message on a phone. The big difference is there is no real limit to how long the text can be and it’s free.




Setting a “Mood Message”

This one is just for fun – the status messages I talked about earlier like “Away” or “Do Not Disturb” can be a little boring.  A Mood Message lets you set a custom status like “bored” “hungry” or in my case “recording a computer lesson”



Settings: General

This lesson goes over most of the options in the General settings for Skype.  Explains each item and gives suggested settings.



Settings: Privacy

Make sure to watch this lesson for an explanation of the privacy settings so you know how to set Skype up to help protect your privacy and security when using the program






Settings: Notifications, Calls, & IMs

An overview of the next group of Skype settings. These give you some control over when Skype pops up notification windows and play sounds, among other things



Settings: Advanced

Finally, we take a look at the Advanced settings for Skype



How to Share Your Computer Screen

People often need more help than I’m able to give with prerecorded lessons.  Here on the island you can call on me to pay you a visit to work with you one-on-one, but if you live further away we can do the next best thing by hiring me to give you a remote consultation.

Skype allows you to share your screen with me over the Internet so I can see exactly how your computer looks from here and guide you on how to use it with a personal lesson or help you out when you get stuck with a problem.

Let me know if you’d like to set up an appointment. In the mean time, watch this lesson to see how easy it is to share your screen with Skype.



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