Skype is a program used to voice chat, video chat, and send
messages and files etcetera to others on your contact list.It can be used on
your computer, phone or tablet.
that follows is for the Windows 10 operating system.
To locate the
Skype app you can do it one of two ways. One way is to press the
Windows key and in the search box type Skype. A list of results
will come up (one of them being Skype, Trusted Microsoft Store
app) and then press the Enter key. You will now be taken into
the app. The other way is to locate it under the all apps, then
Skype menu, then press the Enter key to go into it. If you have
the desktop version, you will also notice one has a Skype folder
which will be the desktop version of Skype if there.
Keys that will be
used in Skype
In most cases,
you will be using the Tab and Shift/Tab keys, the Spacebar on
buttons, the Enter key on links and the arrow keys in some
shortcut keys in Skype
Control + D
Launch main dialpad
Control + N
Opens start new conversation
Control + F
Searches contacts and messages
Alt key + 2
Control + R
Refreshes the app
Control + Shift
+ K Starts a video call
Control + Shift
+ P Starts an audio call
Enter Starts a
Control + E
Control + M
Hotkeys in Skype
for Windows 10
Ctrl + I Open
Ctrl +, Open
Ctrl + H Open
Help in default browser
Ctrl + D Launch
Ctrl + N Start
Ctrl + F Search
contacts and messages
Ctrl + F4 Hide
Ctrl + P Show
Ctrl + E Hang
Ctrl + M Mute
Up arrow after
sending message - Edit the last message sent
Alt + 1
Navigate to recents
Alt + 2
Navigate to contacts
Alt + 3
Navigate to bots
Ctrl + Shift +
A Add people to conversation
Shift + F Send a file
Shift + U Mark as unread
Shift + H Toggle hold/resume state of active call
Ctrl + Shift +
K Start a video call
Ctrl + Shift +
P Start an audio call
Ctrl + O Send
An overview of
the Skype app
When you go
into the Skype app, you will be tabbing around and in some
sections using the arrow keys. The Spacebar will be used for
buttons and the Enter key on links.
Press the Spacebar on the user profile button, then
you can tab through the sections. As you tab down the sections
you will hear the following:
Me…Person…Profile…Avatar…Picture…Button. You can enter mood
message where you can type in your mood at that time; Click to
edit status active combo box; Add number where you can type your
number; Add Skype credit and the amount if any; Get a
subscription link; Settings link; Manage account link; Send
feedback link; View help online link; About this version link;
Sign out link and close button.
When you press
the Enter key on the closed button, it will take you back to the
user profile button.
This will give you the option to restart a
Here you can manage your contacts.
How to tell if someone is online in Skype
Locate the person you want to talk to in the
contacts list. You can use your down and up arrow keys to do
this. When you have found them, tab once and you will hear NVDA
say click to open profile. Next, you will need to use object
navigation to get to the active now part of the app. Use the
NVDA key + number 6 on the numeric keypad to do this. For more
information on object navigation and how to use it in NVDA
please go to that section in the user manual for all commands.
You will now know when your friends are online.
If they are active, you will be able to talk to them. If not, it
will tell you when they were last online.
Show dial pad
Press the Spacebar on this button, then you will be
able to tab through the different sections there. The first
place NVDA will land will be where you can type in a number
(which is a lot easier than using the dial pad). The next time
you tab it will ask you for a country. You can type in the
country you are looking for and the results will be narrowed
down. You can arrow down or up the list then press the Enter key
on the one you want. Pick the one you want (for example New
You can tab
through the dial pad. Any of the numbers you want to dial - you
can either use the Spacebar or Enter key on them. The next time
you tab (after the dial pad) it will ask you to add Skype
credit. This is if you would like to dial landlines or mobile
phone numbers. Tab again and you will be asked if you want to
get a subscription. Next, tab to the close button, then press
the Enter key and that window will be closed.
Press the Spacebar (or Enter key) on this button
and you will be given an option (for example send feedback).
You will need
to locate the search edit box in Skype, and in the edit box
either type the Skype username of the person that you are
looking for or an email address.Skype will now start searching for that person and a list
of users should come up. You will need to tab about 3 times
until the public directory comes up. There might be a list of
people with the same name, or there might only be just one
result. Depending on what comes up in the result/s, locate the
person you are looking for.
This is only if
they are on Skype. You can use the down or up arrow keys to do
Press the Enter
key on the person you want to add, then type in a message like
please add me to your contacts. They will need to accept your
request and then they will show in your contact list.
They will also
need to do the same to you, so you show on their list.You will need to
accept their request too, before you can chat via typing or
voice/video if you or they have a mic or web cam with a mic.
Under this section you will be given the following
options (for example new chat Ctrl + N, add new bots Alt + 3).
You will need to arrow to these options.
Drop down menu
When you press the Spacebar (or Enter key) on the
drop down menu button you will be given some options (for
example show only unread conversations). Press the Enter key and
you will be taken to that section.
List (which will be your contacts)
Under this section will be where your contacts are
that you have added. You can use the down and up arrow keys to
navigate this section.
If you decide
to tab while on a profile, you will be given the following
options: click to open profile link button, add that person to
favourites, click to open profile link, video call button,
select a number to call button, create group button, list of
calls to that number (where you can arrow down and up), type a
message - which is an edit box, insert emoticon or Moji button,
send image button, send file button, send video message button,
and send contacts button.
and video in Skype
You will need either a microphone or a video camera
with an inbuilt mic to make voice calls or video calls. These
will need to be enabled under the User profile button, then
settings link. Press the Enter key on it, and then it should
give you the following options; (for example Click to select
camera, test video, click to select speakers, test audio link,
click to select microphone). You will need to select your device
under each combo box. Make sure after you go through all the
different settings in this section that you save them!
You can use the applications key while on a contact
to view the following options (view profile… add to favourites …
block contact … and delete conversation).
Pressing the Enter key on this link will take you
to your user profile.