I am not pessimistic but just I would like to caution you on your 'enabling' the Auto-Spell Check in Lion. After typing one must carefully watch all the words because invariably the auto corrections turn to be unwanted, funny corrections! In case one decides not to use it, just go to the Language & Text System under Preferences and select the Text tab, turn off auto spell correct.
Not to be redundant, but when I open my Skype dashboard, I only see (from Left to Right) Skype - Contacts - Conversations - Call - View - Tools - Help.
Can you please clarify what you meant by...Of course, Skype has to be selected before you can see it?
The fact that your dashboard includes Tools makes me think you're using the Windows version fo Skype. I suspect that if you were to pose your question in the Windows subforum rather than in the Mac group, you might have a better response. That's not to say that there aren't 'ambidextrous' folks here who can help you, but there are more lurking in the Windows group.
On Skype 18.104.22.168 for Mac OS :
- click 'Edit' menu
- select "Spelling and Grammar" from dropdown menu
- click the tiny black triangle icon at right
- select item to suit your needs.
Et voilà !