Start Skype in Windows 8

How to Start Skype in Windows 8

Jul. 16, 2014 2:57 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"How to use Skype on Windows 8 computer?"

Skype is a Voice over Internet Protocol client which allows you to video chat with other people. If you're running Windows 8, you can download the Windows 8 version of Skype. And then you will be guided to know how to start Skype in Windows 8.

At the very beginning, you should get all prepared. Check the following requirements:

  • A Windows 8 computer with a broadband internet connection (a dial-up connection is too slow for Skype).
  • Speakers and a microphone.
  • A webcam.
  • Skype installed on Windows 8 computer.

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How to Use Skype in Windows 8?

  • 1. Open the Start menu with the Windows button. Select the Store app.
  • 2. Type in Skype and click on the Skype option when it appears.

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  • 3. Click Install to install the app. If you already have it, then it will say so on this screen.

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  • 4. Open the Windows menu again and click on the blue Skype square.
  • 5. Click Allow in the green screen to allow Skype to run in the background and use your video and microphone.

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  • 6. Click on "I have an account" if you have one already. Otherwise click on the "I'm new" option to set one up. Once you sigh in, you can click Contacts and then "Add" to add friends to talk to.

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  • 7. To add contacts, do a right mouse click on the screen. You will see an Add Contact button at the bottom.
  • 8. The Search Charm will open on the right hand side of the screen. Into the search bar, type the name of the person you want to add or, preferably, their Skype ID or email address if you know it.
  • 9. Skype will now display a list of possible Skype contacts. Click the one you think is correct.

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  • 10. On the next screen, click Add to contacts. You can also send a message by typing into the box at the bottom. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to send it.

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    Then, they will receive a message via Skype and will have the option to accept or decline your contact request.
  • 11. Contacts who can be touched on Skype have a green dot net their name.

To make call with Friends

  • 12. To make a call, click one of your available contacts and click either the Video button to make a video call or the Call button to make a voice-only call. If there is no video button, it means the contact doesn't have a webcam.

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  • 13. When you receive a call, a window will open on the screen with the same green buttons. Click the Video button if you're happy to use your webcam to allow the caller to see you or the Call button to use voice only.
  • 14. When you are on a call, you will see the person you are speaking to. Click the red button to end your current call. Clicking the microphone button will mute your microphone. The middle button gives you the option to type an instant message or to open a "dial pad" to enable you to dial a normal phone.

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With this detailed guide, you may be enjoying Skype much more. For more features of Windows 8, click here to know more info about Windows tips.

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