7 Fun Tips and Tricks with Skype Chat

If you use Skype chat all day every day like I do, you may enjoy these few fun tips and tricks:

1. The “hidden” Skype emoticons

Skype EmoticonsSkype has a great set of built in emoticons, but there are dozens of more… “fun” ones that you can’t access from the menu. If you mouse over all of the icons in the menu, you’ll see what the code for them is, i.e. (giggle) (h) (y) etc… If you type those codes in (parenthesis and all) you’ll get the respective emoticons. Click on the chart to the right for an example.

But… there are some other emoticons Skype doesn’t tell you about. Try the following for a little fun: (drunk) (mooning) (smoke) (finger) (poolparty) and (rock)

These “hidden” emoticons can add a bit more fun to your IMs when used appropriately.

2. Kicking someone out of a group chat

Sometimes you have someone in a group chat and you want to boot them out of the chat. Perhaps it’s a work group chat and you’ve terminated someone and don’t want them coming back in the chat.

To boot them, type /kickban username making sure to include the forward slash at the start of the message and enter the Skype username instead of username.

This will kick them out and ban them from that particular group chat.

3. Showing what you’re up to in a chat

One of my favorites, that like other commands dates back to IRC days, you can show folks what you are up to with a /me command, for example /me is waiting for the call.

/me example in Skype

This is how a /me update looks in Skype

Sure, you could just type “I’m waiting for the call”, but the way it’s displayed is much cooler with the /me command.

4. Changing your status from the command line (OS X)

This one is on the geekier side, but you can change your Skype status from the command line using AppleScript. I have my computer setup with a cron job to pull my twitter status and change my Skype status to match. Here’s an example of how to change your status in Skype:

if exists process "Skype" then tell application "Skype" to send command "set profile mood_text "This is my status" script name "yourscriptname"

5. Sending files quickly, easily and securely

Ever need to just send someone a file quickly and easily without wanting to upload it, FTP it or email it? Easy. Just drag the file from your computer into your chat window.

Even better, drag a file into a group chat to send the file to everyone in the group chat.

6. Correcting accidental messages

Sometimes you send an IM to the wrong group chat or wrong person (oops!) or mis-type something rather important. Right click the message you sent and click “Edit” or “Delete” as needed.

7. Introducing two Skype contacts to each other

If you want to introduce two of your Skype contacts to each other, select them both from your contact list and invite them to a group chat, just the three of you. Introduce everyone and then leave the conversation. It’s sort of like introducing people in person, just… online!

What are your favorite tips and tricks for Skype? Comment below!

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16 Responses to 7 Fun Tips and Tricks with Skype Chat

  1. Carli says:

    Well, when you hold down any three LETTERS (do NOT hold them down in caps) it shows a cute gray cat scratching! And when you hold down R,T, and G i think it is, (in caps!) it shows hands breaking a pencil!!! just some cute tips for cute things

  2. Sankumarsingh says:

    I am using windows and rest of my friends are using Mac. We are in group chat created by one of my friend. They can change whatever I am writing but I cannot edit their. by this way, if I am writing “No” they change it to “Yes”. Can you suggest me what I need to do?

    • cristi_novac says:

      It happened to me too…one of my friends was editing all other friend’s messages…he didnt tell me how did he do that though..he just said its a hack for skype…

      • M1tty says:

        It is because who ever is the creator of the post get’s to ‘promote people’ to be masters (whcih can edit) creators can do everything from edit to set passwords. To see available commands type /help in any chat on skype.

  3. Bawsz says:

    For the edit one:
    You can also edit other peoples messages in group chat. It can be pretty funny to edit someones message to ‘Im horny’ at an inapropriate time XD

  4. surfergirl says:

    Is there a way to forward skype chats via email? or any other method from a mac?

  5. vballacting says:

    I like the emoticons i find them funny

  6. boris says:

    is there any way i can use html tags or stuff like that cause in my mood i need to put in a looooooong link and it doesnt fit is there any way i can shorten it i tried the html
    <a href=”(link)” rel=”nofollow”> click here </a> it no work :(

  7. boris says:

    oops i wrote the actuall tag its test

  8. tweeter123 says:

    i love emoticions they are so cool and funny

  9. Rams says:

    Hi , I want to keep different moods for diff groups. How can i do that. Is there any option in skype to set diff moods for diff groups. Please help me on this.

    Thanks in advance,
    Rams

    • Jeremy Shapiro says:

      You can change the topic by double clicking the title of the group if you like. If you mean different “mods” as in moderators, then you need to have someone else start the group.

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