Application Design and Development (Mobile or Desktop)

8 Secret Skype Features That Would Blow Your Mind

Skype is an essential tool for any computer user. It saves a lot of your money on international calls and text messaging. Unlike the Facetime which is popular just among iOS and Mac users, Skype can be used on any smartphone (iPad, iPhone and others) or PC. Moreover, it offers plenty of essential calling and IM features.

If you also like spending much of your time chatting on Skype, then you will surely like to know much more about its possibilities. Here are some of the coolest, hidden, and secret Skype features that you may not be familiar with.

Eight Secret Skype Features You Should Know About

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Change Text Size and Font

The font on Skype is 8pt Tahoma by default. If you feel that is very small you can change it. Simply go to Tools > Options > IM & SMS > IM appearance. Then click on the Change Font button and modify it according to your need. This one of the coolest skype features I’ve ever seen lately.

Share Screens with your friends and colleagues

Now you no longer require to screen capture a video in order to share it with colleagues and friends. The Share Screens option will allow you to show images without sending them, explain how to use a program, and even display a presentation.

All you have to do is to click on the “+” and Share Screens buttons simultaneously when you are engaged on a video call. You can get this feature for free just for calls between two individuals.

Rename Contacts

Your Contact list may have many similar names. You can rename the contacts in a way you know them. For example, Sophia (Nursing Assistant) or Jimmy (Travel Advisor). You can do this by simply clicking on the name of the person and selecting Rename.

Share Contacts

It is not necessary for you to type every Skype ID when you are sharing contacts with new friends in Skype. You can simply drag a group or a person from the Contacts list and drop it in the chat window.

Also Read: 12 EXTRA Skype Tools for Better Skyping Experience

Clear History

Skype maintains chat history on your PC for your comfort. But you can delete it if you want some privacy. By default, this feature is disabled and hidden within Skype. To do this you need to go to Tools > Options > Privacy > Privacy Settings > Clear History. You can also set the Skype for auto deletion of the history within certain time period.

Quickly Edit the Last Message While Typing

If you happen to find that there is a typing mistake in your last message after hitting on the Enter button, you can click on the Up arrow and the edit box with appear with the message. You can edit the message and resend it by clicking the Send button.

Also Read: Analyst says it would be cool for Microsoft to replace Skype with its Messenger

Hide All Notifications

If you don’t want to be notified with the constant popups that someone is offline or online, then you can have them switch off.  Go to Tools > Options > Notifications. You can choose the important ones or disable the unneeded ones.

Leave Conversation

Most of the Skype users tend to have plenty of active conversations – some of them may be important, while others can be annoying. Don’t worry you can leave the conversation by simply clicking the right mouse button and choosing Leave conversation.

If you have any other secret Skype features that you’ve been using that’s worth sharing, kindly add them in the comment section below.

Application Design and Development (Mobile or Desktop)

12 Skype Extras Tools to Improve Your Skyping Experience

Skype Extras are Extensions developed from Skype API’s that allow third-party developers to create their own offerings that make use of, or incorporate as a conversation tools. The Skype Extras backend, called Skype Publishing Studio, included an engine where developers could establish licensing terms (including allowing trials and periodic subscription renewals) and incorporate a transaction engine for payments via Skype Credits.

However Skype Extras as a marketing program have come to an end long back ago and no new software or upgrades will be certified for, or included in the Skype Extras offering. But its good news that prevailing Skype Extras will continue to be available via the Skype for Windows client.

If you are proud Windows User you should definitely check out skype addons.  Here is a short review on top 10 Skype extras powering Skype’s functionality in various cool ways. You can also check my recent article about some of the coolest Skype features ever that were hidden by default.

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1. Pamela for Skype – Professional Version (Commercial/ Free basic version available)

With over 3 million downloads it has been a very popular Skype addon. Its features include Skype call/video/chat recording, call transfer, answering machine, video mail, auto chat reply, birthday reminders, email forwarding, contact personalization, Skype Publishing, etc. A must have addon icon cool Top 12 Skype Extras to enhance Skyping !

2. Synqit (Free version)

Sync your Outlook, Google GMail, Yahoo!, Plaxo and mobile contacts with Skype contacts. Quick and handy tool for anyone.

3. WhiteBoardMeeting (Commercial/ Basic version free)

WhiteBoardMeeting allows users to create content by drawing vector graphics, inserting text and images, and sharing them it. Thus it makes possible for all users to see each other creating and editing content right away. Indeed creative extension icon biggrin Top 12 Skype Extras to enhance Skyping

4. Fring –  (Freeware )

Take IM buddies with this plugin. Chat with many networks Fring supports on Skype, just like multi network supported Instant Messenger, borrowing from iMo messenger idea.

5. uSeeToo (Donationware)

With uSeeToo you can create content with text, images, and graphics to share with your contacts. It can be used as for purposes which vary from eLearning applications to product presentations, demos, drawing lines on whiteboards, sharing maps, remote collaboration, etc.

6. Skip2PBX (Commercial)

Skip2PBX integrates Skype with PBX system and VoIP services. It creates a communication infrastructure that allows you to take advantage of Skype without altering your existing telephone exchange and landlines setup.

7. RemoteX (Commercial/Trial available on request)

RemoteX allows you to share your desktop with another user through Skype. Just by clicking on Tools > Do More and selecting the RemoteX icon, you can share your desktop or view your contact’s desktop.

8. JiWire Hotspot Finder (Freeware)

JiWire Hotspot Finder finds a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere in the world from a database of more than 200,000 hotspots in more than 135 countries. It lets you search on specific keywords like “cafe” or “hotel” and even by actual venue names like “McDonalds”. It provides reports on the local weather and traffic. You can also get directions by clicking on a location on the map.

9. PrettyMay Recorder and Sharer (Commercial/ Free basic version available)

PrettyMay Call Recorder and Sharer for Skype allows you to record any calls/Skypecasts/conferences in .mp3 or .wav format, save Skype voicemails as .mp3 or .wav files, and share call recordings/voicemails/Sound files.

10. Pando (Commercial/Basic version Free)

It adds advanced file transfer functionality to Skype. It lets you transfer files and folders to Skype contacts, and generate URLs for files/folders you want to share over the Web.

11. Blubell (Commercial/Free To Try)

Blubell allows you to control Skype from your Bluetooth headset. You can make Skype calls through voice dialing, accept Skype calls by pressing the headset button, and use Skype as normal but without having to sit in front of the computer.

12. Townkings (Freeware)

Feel the real life! It’s a Local and map based community where you can localize yourself and communicate with your local surrounding, contact and invite your friends via skype, organize meetings and events. See townkings as your personal and private assistant! Features all-in-one communication, meeting widget, free dating, locations on map, ebay trading.

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13. Anothr (Freeware)

It is one and only 1st Skype-based RSS Reader. A robot which can provides just-in-time alerts for your favorite feeds. It’s very simple to use by adding “” as a new skype contact, then drag and drop URL or chat with the contact to subscribe your favorite feeds.

When you see something that is good, it worth talking about, and that’s the motive behind these amazing Skype extra tools. I know there are many more out there, but these ones stands out.

If you want us to include your favorite skype extra addon on this list, mention them below.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Skype Down Again – Coming Up Slowly

VoIP giant, Skype server is down according to the complaint of all its users throughout the globe. The service after it was taken over by Microsoft has been given its users a whole lots of difficulties in using it. Some of Skype users finds it hard to connect to the service both in Europe and other part of the world. Skype users experience the negative side of Skype last week and till this present time and Microsoft hasn’t get this fixed yet.