Skype Hotkeys, Shortcuts and Chat Commands

We’ve got the hotkeys, shortcut keys and chat commands for the ever popular Skype program all in one place :). Enjoy!

Call Related (have to be enalbed and defined at Skype- Tools- Options -Advanced- Hotkeys):

Alt-PgUp Answers a call

Ctrl-Alt-PgUp Answers a call with video

Undefined Ignore call

Alt-PgDn Reject/Hang up call

Undefined Focus Skype

Undefined Search for Skype Users

Undefined Mute Microphone

Main Window:

Ctrl+E Switch between Events History and Contact List

Ctrl+U Show/Hide Offline Contacts

Ctrl+W Hide Main Skype Window

Ctrl+Q Quit Skype

Chat Window:

Ctrl+F Find/Search this Chat

F3/Shift-F3: Find Next/Previous Match (use after Ctrl+F)

Ctrl+W Close/Hide Chat Window


F6 Jump to Quickfilter

Escape Clear Quickfilter

Chat commands:

/add skypename – add the specified Skype Name to this chat (example: “/add john”)

/help - list available system commands

/topic newtopic – change chat topic to “newtopic”

/me something – others will see an action that you perform (example: “John smiles”)

/history – show full history for the chat (you can then review and search it)

/find text – find messages containing “text” in the chat

/fa or / – repeat last search

/alertsoff – disable new message alerts for this chat. Useful if you don’t want chat window to pop up or the taskbar entry to blink for this chat, but would still like to be “connected” to it. If a chat is in this mode, it will be in the “Unread chats” section on Start Tab when new messages are posted to it.

/alertson or /alertson text – restore default behaviour, to be notified when new messages are posted. If you use “/alertson text”, you are notified only when a message is posted that contains “text”.

/leave – leave the chat (does the same as clicking the “Leave” button on toolbar.


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  1. Nice list of common shortcuts. I’ve also collected a more complete list of chat-commands at
    maybe there’s some more in there for you :)

    Do you know if it’s also possible to search not only in the visible parts of a chat in the window but also in the hidden history (the one which can be displayed by clicking 7-days, 30-days… at the top of a chat-window)?

    Posted by Kosi2801 | March 21, 2010, 6:06 pm
  2. Thanks Kosi – nice list.
    As for ur question I suppose you click that button/link (7, 30 or beginning) and then hit ctrl+F. Not sure its what u want tho.

    Posted by Dr | May 16, 2010, 9:32 am
  3. This program help me to share to another person

    Posted by mdshopol | January 14, 2012, 8:24 am
  4. i downloaded the new windows 8 beta and it caused the pop out option in skype to not be listed any longer whats the key command so maybe i can try it and see if its still enable that way its possible to do but im not sure how i was messing around and trying to figure it out and it popped up multiple times but i couldnt figure out why.

    Posted by khrysta | March 2, 2012, 8:58 pm
  5. good

    Posted by ali salm77 | August 28, 2012, 9:32 am

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