When using any kind of software or application, we tend to look for the more comfortable and faster methods of performing the desired actions. Fortunately, Skype is one of these programs that provide the tools to facilitate its management
We refer of course to keyboard shortcuts, a very useful function that allows the user to save clicks and time, by serving as a shortcut for certain functions by pressing a key combination.
Although there are universal commands, different versions of skype have various commands for ease of people. And on this note, We will teach you step by step how to get the most out of this useful function.
What are the commands or keyboard shortcuts in Skype and what are these tools for?
Key commands are a familiar feature for every computer user, since they most operating systems include functions that are much easier to access via keyboard shortcuts. It is a combination of two or more keys that act as quick access to a certain function or setting of the operating system, or within the software that is being used at the time.
This feature is also built into programs like Skype. In the case of this software, the commands are enabled by default and it is possible to view them through an access located on the main page of Skype. While for novice users it may take some getting used to, using keyboard shortcuts can greatly improve performance when using Skype, since it allows to perform quickly, with a couple of keystrokes, actions that would take several additional seconds through the cursor.
Learn step by step how to use keyboard commands to use Skype much faster
To use Skype keyboard shortcuts, all you need is to know them and to know in which Skype window they are used, so that they fulfill their function without any problem.
Use commands in chat
The Skype chat function has the particularity of having a command entry mode that perform various functions within the conversation window. Some of these commands are intended for use in group chats.
All you have to do to enter these shortcuts is walk you through the procedure shown below:
- Opens the application of Skype
- Open a chat personal or group.
- Press the cursor on the writing bar and enter the symbol “/”.
Just type the symbol in the text input bar, a pop-up box will appear with command suggestions to apply in the chat.
Here is a list of some of the commands you can use:
/me(texto)– Using this command, a message is sent with your name and the text you specify. It works to put quick statuses in the chat.
/poll (titulo), (opción 1), (opción 2), (opción 3): used to create surveys. When applying the command, the first thing you specify is the title, separated with a comma (,) from the first option, and each option is also separated by a comma (,)
/showmembers: function for group chats that allows generating a count of all the users who are participating.
/golive– You can use this command during a group chat to start a video conference with the active members of the conversation.
/kickban (nombre de usuario): this command can only be used by the administrator of a moderated group chat, and allows a user to be expelled from the conversation, without the possibility of rejoining.
/getbanlist: usable only by the administrator of a group, this command is used to generate a list of users who were expelled from a group chat.
Unlike chat commands, these keyboard shortcuts work as shortcuts so that the user can quickly perform an action that would take longer otherwise. To use these commands, with few exceptions, it is not necessary to be in a specific section of Skype. You can use them from almost any screen of the application and execute their function very easily.
To get the keyboard shortcuts, both in the web version and in the desktop application, all you have to do is follow this procedure:
- Login to the client of desktop or web version of Skype.
- Log in with your user credentials.
- click about button “Plus”, marked with three dots next to your profile picture.
- Choose the option “Keyboard shortcuts.”
Here you will find a list of all the shortcuts available in the version of Skype that you are using. These shortcuts are categorized into General, Messages, Calls and Accessibility.
List of the best Skype keyboard shortcuts that you should know to be more productive on the platform
When opening the list of keyboard shortcuts in our version of Skype, we can see a considerable list of keyboard access to different functions. Some are more necessary than others, and the truth is that knowing how to handle these functions can considerably increase the productivity of our use of Skype.
With this in mind, the best keyboard shortcuts you should know about are:
CTRL + STake an instant screenshot of the app.
CTRL + Ethis command allows us to immediately hang up a call.
CTRL + MThrough this shortcut we can toggle between activating and deactivating the option to silence a call.
CTRL + Hit works as a direct access to the Skype online help center, opening it immediately in a browser.
CTRL + SHIFT + PWith this command, we can initiate a call or answer an incoming call.
CTRL + IIt will serve as a direct access to the notification window, no matter in which section of the application we are.
ALT + 1with this shortcut we can navigate between the most recent conversations.
CTRL + 0allows you to adjust the size of the chat to your standard settings.
CTRL + (+)Increase the font size in chat.
CTRL + (-)makes the letters of the chat smaller.
CTRL + SHIFT + Fbeing within a chat, it allows us to quickly attach and send a file.
CTRL + SHIFT + Gacts as a shortcut to the image gallery in Skype chat.
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