Friday, May 2, 2008

How to Customize Hotkeys in Skype?

Keyboard jockeys are in for a treat. You can easily create your own hotkey settings to juggle your Skype tasks such as answering calls, putting someone on hold, hanging up, and more, all at the touch of a keystroke. The following example makes clear how to create your own hotkey. Suppose that you want to make the Skype window appear instantly at a keystroke. Here’s what you can do:
  1. Click the Hotkeys menu appearing in the left panel of the Options window. The items and buttons appearing under the Enable Global Hotkeys check box are all grayed out.
  2. Select the Enable Global Hotkeys check box to activate the hotkeys.
  3. Select Focus Skype and then click the Change Hotkey button. The window shown on the right side of Figure 4-11 pops up.
  4. Enter the letter A or any letter of your choosing in the text box and click OK. This step enables the Focus Skype action.
  5. Save your Hotkey settings.
Now you can instantly jump to Skype from any program in Windows whenever you press WinKey+A. If Skype is already running, the Skype client window comes to the foreground. If Skype is not running when you press WinKey+A, the Skype application launches as it normally does when you start Skype. If you don’t have Skype configured for automatic logon, you need to sign in as you regularly do.


Ben Jaffe said...

I got frustrated since Skype for Mac isn't nearly as customizable, so I wrote an AppleScript that adds some nice functionality to Skype. One keyboard shortcut to rule them all (show and hide Skype, answer calls, and hang up).

Here's the code:

Eugene Goldman said...

I guess MX Skype Recorder is also a very good option
Hope you'll like it!