When I close Skype, I don't want it to minimize to the system tray. I want it to close altogether. I've looked around on the Internet, and everyone says the way to do this is to go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced Settings and uncheck "Keep Skype in tray while I'm logged in". However, there is no such option for me!
I am on Windows 7, fully updated. I just downloaded Skype from the website, so I assume it's the most recent version.
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The latest/greatest version is beta 126.96.36.199. If that's not the version you're running, you can download the installer from this link: www.skype.com/go/getskype-beta
However, I the option you're referring to is "Keep Skype in the taskbar while I'm signed in." I suspect what you're experiencing is due to the fact that you're trying to close Skype with the X in the upper right hand corner of the Skype window. For reasons only known to Skype, that doesn't close Skype, it only mimizes it.
To close Skype completely, right click on the Skype icon in your system tray and click Quit.
Nope, that's not the problem. I know the difference between closing Skype and minimizing it to the tray. The problem precisely is the "Keep Skype in taskbar while I'm signed in" option. The problem is I don't even have the option to uncheck that! Heck, I even provided a screenshot in my post. It kinda tells the story.
For reference, here's what I see on other sites showing me how to do what I want (see image below). Compare that to my screenshot in the first post, and you'll see that I'm clearly missing some options.
I've tried running Skype as administrator, if that matters. It changes nothing.
There is a small but very important condition to have this option available – you must be using Windows 7. Neither on Vista or Windows XP, you will see this option. The reason is simple this, that only on Windows 7, the Close button can minimize Skype to taskbar. On XP and Vista, the Close button will always minimize Skype to system try only. Unchecking the mentioned option in Skype on Windows 7, makes Skype to behave like on Vista or XP.
19-01-2012 22:01 - edited 19-01-2012 22:05
I *am* running Windows 7, as I said in my very first post.
I understand the difference between the taskbar and the system tray / notification area. When I close Skype, by using the File -> Close menu, I want it to *not* minimize to the taskbar and to *not* minimize to the system tray. I want it to do neither. When I close it, I want it to close.
It is my understanding that the way to accomplish at least one of these things is to go into the advanced settings, as in the second screenshot I provided. However, as shown in the first screenshot I provided, my Skype somehow does *not* have the option "Keep Skype in taskbar while I'm logged in" even *available* to check or uncheck.
Skype support even mentions this setting: https://support.skype.com/en-us/faq/FA11055/How-do
But that setting is not there at all for me! I have no way of accessing it. The two screenshots show the obvious difference between how it's supposed to be and how it is for me. I don't know how to clarify the problem any further.
Sorry, haven’t seen the text line below your image in your first post.
I’m on Windows 7 and for me this option is available on all Skype versions installed on this computer. This is just an example with Skype 5.7 Beta, but exactly the same is the case with Skype 5.3, 5.5, 5.6 and even 4.2.
It’s strange that you don’t have this option available on your Skype. The only possible explanation I’m able to provide is that you may have set your Skype to run in Compatibility mode with Vista or Windows XP.
Right click on Skype’s desktop shortcut, select properties and then Compatibility tab. Is the option: “Run this program in compatibility mode for” selected?
In any case, no matter what you will do, using the Close menu will not shut down Skype, but only minimize it either to taskbar or to system tray. There is nothing you can do about this, apart from complaining to Skype developers about this design feature.
Currently, the only way to completely shut Skype down is by using the Quit option
19-01-2012 22:57 - edited 19-01-2012 22:59
Yes! That was it. The compatibility settings. I had set mine to Vista in an earlier attempt to solve this issue. So you're saying there's no way to have Skype close with a single command, a single menu item? I have to go to File -> Close and then right-click the Skype icon in the system tray and select Quit as well? That's so silly. Why should I have to close a program twice just to close it? Sigh. In any case, thank you.
This was quite frustrating and I'm sure I came off as rather curt, so I appreciate your patience in trying to understand the problem. Thanks, again.
If you would have been on Skype 5.3 version and Windows 7 64-bit, then setting Skype in Compatibility for Vista would have crashed your Skype.
About quitting Skype - you don’t need to Close Skype before quitting. Just right click on the system tray icon or the taskbar icon and select Quit. The last option is only available on Windows 7.