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Using Skype 5.2. Conference Calls , Screen Sharing, File Sharing Connect session, April 11. Basics. Free download from Skype-to-Skype calls are free Includes International calls Calls to non-Skype phones: 2.3 cents/minute

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Using skype 5 2

Using Skype 5.2

Conference Calls, Screen Sharing, File Sharing

Connect session,

April 11


  • Free download from

  • Skype-to-Skype calls are free

    • Includes International calls

    • Calls to non-Skype phones: 2.3 cents/minute

  • Video is free (disabled on conference calls)

    • Need a good internet connection

    • Paid subscription allows up to 5 people on a video conference call

      • $4.99 day pass, or $8.99/month

      • 7 day free trial available!

Basics con t
Basics (con’t)

  • Conference calls are free: 25 person limit

    • Create a group, or add callers on the fly

    • Call originator needs good internet connection and a good computer

    • Don’t all need to be Skype phones

      • You’ll need Skype credit to do so

      • Credit card or Paypal

      • Use it or lose it after 180 days

Basics con t1
Basics (con’t)

  • Need a microphone at minimum

    • You should have a Logitech camera/microphone pod already

    • Contact Ruth Willson to get one

    • Headset gives better sound quality

  • Skype has Instant Messaging, file transfers, screen share too


  • Download skypesetup.exe and double-click it

  • Create account: name, Skype name, password, email

    • Skype name: Extension convention is first.last followed by last 4 digits of your phone number

    • e.g. jeff.wood2262

  • “Check your sound” button lets you test speaker, microphone, video

    • Good to do up front; Can be done at ay time

Setting up camera and microphone
Setting up Camera and Microphone

  • Tools>Options>General to set microphone, speaker, and video source

  • Audio settings

    • Set speakers and microphone settings

  • Video settings

    • Brings up your camera/mike settings dialogue box

    • Set video zoom, position, brightness

    • Take Skype snapshot here too

      - turn off camera now -

Privacy settings
Privacy settings

  • Tools>Options>Privacy>Advanced

  • Limiting everything to people on your contact list is best option

  • KNOW the people on your contact list

Adding contacts
Adding Contacts

  • Contacts>Add a contact

  • It’ll return all possible matches, so you may need to narrow it down

    • Name, Skype name, email, phone #

  • Skype sends a “Contact Request”

  • The contact needs to accept your request before you can call them

Importing extension contacts

  • To import a contact list:

    • Contacts>Advanced>Restore Contacts from file

    • You can also back up your own contacts from this menu

  • Entire Extension contact list available at:

    • Faculty and Staff Resources>Computer Support Resources>Skype Contact list

    • It’s old, but a good starting point

Importing Extension Contacts


  • Select Contact

  • Click Call or Video Call buttons

  • Contact has option to answer with audio or audio/video

  • Click red phone icon to hang up

Conference calls
Conference calls

  • On the fly:

    • “Add People” button in the upper right-hand corner

    • 24 maximum

  • Call Initiator needs a GOOD processor

Conference calls con t
Conference calls (con’t)

  • Create group beforehand:

    • Contacts>Create New Group

    • Drag contacts into the blue box at top

    • Name the Group

    • It’ll show up in Contacts list at bottom

  • Call Initiator needs a GOOD processor


  • Extras are third party add-ons for Skype

  • Tools>Extras>Get extras

    • Innerpass virtual meeting rooms

      • It’s clunky, hard to navigate, a huge resource hog

      • Free version only allows 3 people

  • Other extras: call recorders, avatars, social networking, games

Instant messaging
Instant Messaging

  • IM is useful, particularly when…

    • Someone is trying to configure their sound, or needs help with the call

    • Large group conference call

  • Click the balloon icon

  • Type your message and send

File share screen share
File share, Screen share

  • File and screen share make Innerpass somewhat unnecessary

  • Share>Send File, browse to file

  • Share>Show entire screen