Skype is without a doubt one of the best messengers that exist. In fact, it may very well be the best. Part of its appeal is that it is available on all platforms, including Windows, which is kind of logical, since Microsoft bought it, Mac OS X, various Linux distributions, as well as mobile operating systems, like Android, iOS, Windows Phone (obviously), and even Blackberry.
Then there is the possibility of video and audio calls, instant text messages, sending and receiving files, placing actual phone calls for a fraction of the price of calls made through landlines, and much more. As powerful as it is, it still has more than a few tricks up its sleeve, which are really carefully hidden. We are going to share some of those with you, so scroll down for more.
Multiple Skype Instances
A lot of people have two or more accounts for some of the services they use, especially if those services are messaging apps. If you like to have separate personal and business accounts, and you want to access them simultaneously in Skype, you will have your work cut out for you, since Skype, unlike most messenger services of this type, doesn’t allow you to do that. This means that you have to run another Skype instance, which would be fine, but clicking the Skype icon again just bring up the Skype windows that is already open.
There is a way around this, though. In the Run dialog box, if you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, type in this:
“C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, type in:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
Edit or Delete Messages You’ve Already Sent
You would be hard-pressed to find another messenger that allows you to alter or delete the messages you’ve already sent. You simply click on the message in question, and choose Edit Message or Remove Message from the menu.
However, the receiver of the message will be notified that the message has been edited or deleted. But, this feature still comes in handy if when you make a type-o, or if you paste the wrong link and send it to someone who wasn’t supposed to receive it.
Just like the name indicates, you can share your desktop, or a single window with the person you are chatting with via Skype. Why would you do this? Well, just think of those situations when you receive a call from a friend that is less than tech-savvy, and who asks you to solve a computer problem for him. Instead of wasting time and getting nowhere, try Screen Sharing, and show him/her how they can solve the problem.