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A (trollface) emoticon wanted

Status: New Idea
by dserg on ‎22-04-2015 14:57

Hi guys,

Many of your emoticons are really cool, like (facepalm), (rofl), (flex) and others. But there is definitely something missing there... A (trollface) one! :happy:


Could you please add a "(trollface)" emoticon?

It would be really really useful, I'm sure 146% :happy:

And I'm sure it is really wanted and there is even a proof here :happy:

I'm sure many people would appreciate if you do that.



Feature Idea: Custom Status

Status: New Idea
by TroyChittock Friday - last edited Friday

Skype Custom StatusMe and my friend were talking and suddenly, he vanished, putting on the AWAY status so I knew he was off somewhere. But what was he doing, I wondered? Was he in too much of a rush to actually explain such a thing?


When he got back he told me he was out getting dinner. One similar scenario happened when I was taking a shower. When I got back, I explained what happened.


I wondered "What if there was an easier way to explain what you were doing, without having to type it?" and it hit me.


CUSTOM STATUS is where you can select from any emoji on your iPhone or Skype templated and use it as it's icon. By selecting this Custom Status, instead of the yellow Away or red Busy appearing, would be the Pizza emoji from Skype, and that setting would explain "Eating Dinner" when the cursor was dragged over this symbol on PC or his/her profile was inspected.


There would also be a huge assortment of pre-made Customs, like:

  • A bathtub ~ Taking a bath / shower
  • A cup of tea / coffee ~ Out for coffee / tea
  • The Skype disco emoji ~ Partying -or- Having a party!
  • The Skype throwing up emoji ~ Out sick
  • Dollar bill ~ Shopping

If one were to create a Custom Emoji, they could create things like:

  • The Skype heart emoji ~ On a date
  • The Skype pizza ~ Eating pizza
  • The Skype birthday cake ~ Celebrating a birthday party
  • Airplane ~ On vacation!

Friends could see these from time to time, and get used to seeing these, so they are aware of what you are doing, and don't have to worry. For example, if you had the On Vacation setting on, you could have your Status (or bio) be "I'll be back in about a week!"


Custom Status can be very useful for interaction, understanding, and friendship.



  • Recent Custom Status: This would display the top five most used Custom Status you've used to display yourself as for easy re-usage.
  • Create a New Status: Obviously the option to make a Custom Status.
  • Share a Status: Want a friend to be able to use the same status? Send it to them, by clicking and dragging it into the chat. This will announce it to them personally, or they can download it right off of you.

Skype 7 is the most awful experience of any Skype version or any other IM client.


It is not customizable, the UI uses WAY too much screen real estate, it uses an incredible amount of memory compared to previous versions, and the color palette makes some text impossible to see.


Until some forward progress is made toward allowing users to completely customize the UI (like all other IM clients do), and memory usage is kept in check, I'm sticking with 6.14.


Please stop integrating Skype updates in the "Important" update schedule so that they are automatically updated with the rest of Windows. Move them to Recommended, and all is well.

So, some of us have been using skype for very long times and things change. I for one used my then active gametag for skype, a decition I today regret. I cannot be the only one that's been with Skype for several years and later have come to realise that just like an email, you kind of want something that's not ridiculous and easy to understand. 

According to techincal support it's simply impossible to change ones username, something which I beleive is anything but true. Twitter did it, and so can Skype. 


So come on Skype, let us change our usernames without having to cancel our accounts! 

This has been mentioned quite a few times since the recent updates came about, but I wanted to propose what I think is a simple idea to get around the UI complaints and (I hope) please as many users as possible: add the option to disable the speech bubbles in IM view. This could be a simple checkbox in the Settings menu, along the lines of "use speech bubbles in IM", or the opposite, something like "compact IM view", that, when enabled/disabled (depending on the wording of the setting) would change the IM view to be more compact as it was in previous Skype versions, removing the speech bubbles, aligning your messages to the left of the IM window (in the same place as the receipient's messages instead of in its own right-aligned box with left-aligned text) and removing the large amounts of space between messages from different people (and maybe removing the display picture next to each message in favour of just the one at the top of the conversation, but I don't think that's quite as important).

I understand that some people favour their IM windows looking like a smartphone text conversation and the current layout is perfect for that, and I am sure that there are a lot of people who use Skype for voice/video calling and hardly touch the IM side, in which case it shouldn't matter to them. However, the layout does not work well for people who have IM conversations very frequently (personally, I rely on Skype to keep contact with friends and important contacts, so this is my main method of conversation), as the speech bubble-look makes every message take up a very large amount of space, causing older messages to be pushed off of the screen much quicker and making conversations harder to follow. The way that your own messages are displayed in a speech bubble that is aligned to the right of the window while the text is left-aligned also breaks the flow of conversations like this by a large margin; I personally find it hard to track conversations when each line begins in a different place on the screen, and shorter messages that I send appear to just be floating somewhere near the middle of the screen instead of at a definitive edge, which looks very jarring.

This is an even larger problem if you use group IMs; if the group is a busy one, the large amount of space between each message means that individual messages leave the screen very quickly, often making it impossible to even keep up with the conversation, and the more complicated visual flow makes the problem even worse. I always have my Skype window maximised and it is still a problem for me regardless, because it can fit only half of the messages that it used to on screen at the most. Again, I can see that this wouldn't be a problem for people who use voice/video chat or don't use IM groups as frequently because they will usually have time to read the conversation fully, but having to scroll up the window to be able to read messages before they leave the screen makes more serious IM groups quite inconvenient to use, and I don't want to have to find something other than Skype to do this because the groups I use are quite well-established on Skype. I'd think that I'm not the only person who feels this way because some of the groups I use are reasonably large (about 12-20 people) and most people in the groups agree about how the new UI affects them.

I hope that what I'm asking is a reasonably simple change; I'm not asking to just get rid of the new layout because I know that some people are happy with it (and have no problem with it being the default as long as I have an option), and I'm not asking to just make the whole of Skype look like an older version. I'm just asking for the option to use the old IM layout rather than the speech bubbles. I know that it is probably easier for a development team to just keep one UI that works on all desktop and mobile devices, but, as you have already had the more compact view I'm asking for in previous versions, I would hope that it wouldn't be too much work to reimplement it as an option.

Thank you.

Status: Comments Requested

Please take a look at the latest Skype 7.0 which introduced a compact chat mode:

It sounds like this answers your request from this idea.

Chat window: good old view mode

Status: Duplicate
by Gingerish on ‎09-04-2015 14:14

I have been using Skype for years and was always very comfortable with its chat window. Now that the recent updates introduced these smartphone-like "chat bubbles", I am not happy at all: the bubble takes a lot of space in the input window and you shoud scroll up to see the previous conversations, which is extremely annoying when you not just exchange short twit-like messages, but discuss something important.

I think the users should have an option to switch between the chat modes of their liking: let those who adore everything smartphone-like enjoy their bubbles, but it would only be fair to also let long-standing skype users, who treat the service seriously, use the mode they've got used to (old chat window with plain text and the opportunity to change the size of its input and the output parts). Please consider such an option in the next upgrades!

Implement an option to be "unfindable"

Status: New Idea
by Moderator 2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

Since the spambots on Skype are getting more annoying in the last few months an option to not be findable would be great. Those bots look through the userlist of Skype and randomly add users. If I wouldn't be listed, they couldn't add me. By implementing this, users could only find each other if they know their friend's username. Combined with this idea, spambots on Skype would be a thing of the past.

Look I understand that it probably feels awful to put so much time and effort into updating skype only to have the community hate it so much.

To be perfectly honest though it's horrific and you should feel awful.

I can give you a list of things right now that would make the community love you to the moon and back and they aren't even hard changes.


  • Windows is not a phone. Please get rid of this weird blown out word bubble aesthetic. Backdate to the old Skype and keep it as it was. It was clean solid and efficient. We don't want pretty colors and nice rounded edges. We want it sharp and to the point. I just want outright text.
    ie: Friend A: Hey
        Friend B: Hey
  • We ALL hate non-consensual formatting. I don't want asterisks around my words to make them bold. You should literally fire whoever's idea it was. It's an outright awful idea.
  • Emotes are annoying. :I is a straightface not an idea emoticon with a lightbulb. What even is that Skype seriously. Remove all auto-emotes. Yeah I'm 100% aware I can turn them off personally but I still look like a moron when I type :I and my friends think I have an idea.
  • You know what weird thing on some versions where you click a message and it highlights it in dotted lines and yellow? Don't.. don't do that.. just no.
  • Ads are bad mkay.. Every time I see "It's your friends birthday buy them Skype things!" I want to buy them skype things even less.
  • Stop offering pseudo-"solutions" such as "@@ " removes formatting from a message! I'm not typing "@@ " before every single one of my messages.. how about "@@ " to use formatting!
    See what you do is you make the less commonly used alternative use the complicated procedure.

In all seriousness though I love Skype.. but these changes and "features" hurt my heart.

I have a good 40+ people that I frequently talk to in massive group chats on a daily basis.

We are ALL contemplating moving to a different program. Every last one of us. I get the feeling the rest of the community isn't far behind.

Status: Not right now

Plesae only request one idea per submissions.


Regarding the multiple requests you had: Please make sure you are making use of customization options described in 7.0:

Add Skype 6.21 Skin

Status: Duplicate
by Khato on ‎15-04-2015 22:31

If you're going to make changes to your UI, it would be really really really fantastic if the end user didn't have to see them. Even Windows 7 has a mode that looks like Windows 95. Making your UI so that Skype can look like previous versions of itself will make people less wary about using your program - because it doesn't matter how many security updates you have, the end user won't use your program if they don't like how it looks and feels.

Personally, I'm trying to hold on to 6.21 for as long as I can (even though you're making it real hard to combat all these automatic updates. Real nice of you to try and package it in with Windows Update), but I'd update if I didn't see any significant differences in the UI.

By adding in old skins, or even customisable skins, you can make your default UI look as much like Facebook Phone Madness as much as you all want, and everyone who doesn't want that can just use a normal skin.

At the moment Skype the person that has called the others is the host of a conversation. It would be really convenient if Skype could determine who has the highest upload rate and automatically make that person the host. Is this possible?

I don't like the new Skype user interface. (Version


The old user interface worked well, and the new user Interface has low contrast. It's difficult to find items and it's not intuitive.


Please give us the option to use the old skin, or old user interface.


6.22 is probably the worse Skype update ever.



Status: Duplicate

Consolidating the ideas about "Reverting layout from 7.x to 6.2x" into this one:

Please share your votes and comments there.

Hey :happy:

i tought it can be really nice if you will add custom emoticons to skype.

it was really nice function in the Messenger and many people love it.


hope you can add it :happy:

Status: Under consideration
Thank you for the feedback. Custom emoticons are being considered. There are other custom emoticon requests such as If other users would like this added, please include your kudos.

Dear sweet lord, I understand that skype is free with premium options. It's wonderful for that, HOWEVER, I cannot read the names or timestamps easily in convos because I cannot adjust the pale, low contrast colours. I am 23 years old and am losing my eyesight. I'm not old by any means and I'm willing to accomodate the changes that inevitably happen with UI's, but I hate having to resort to changing my entire system scheme to something from Windows 98 just so I can read my darn convos with people.

The system theme is awful and distracting, blocky, and badly designed, and it makes web browsing irritating. Being forced to use it on my whole system just to use Skype more easily, and having the accessibility panel with a single checkbox and no actual in program options to make the different elements easier for me to see is irritating. I'm not to the point yet where I need a black and white scheme or need it read to me, I do like the simplicity that was being aimed at, but in the quest for Aesthetics it missed the boat on accessibility. As of right now I have my font set on large and bold so I can see it better, but the lack of contrast between the colours really is an issue and could even be solved by having presets built into skype itself so I don't have to mess with my entire theme.

Imagine my disgust seeing some tall cat thing when I try to type out ":3". And the horror when I find out that (fubar), (finger), (wtf), and (hollest) don't do anything either.


My idea for the Windows client is for Skype to restore the (fubar), (finger), (wtf), and (hollest) smileys and remove the ":3" smiley (and reverting any other changes that were made that I haven't listed). Put the emote set back to the way it was in version 6.13, please!

Status: Under consideration
Thank you all for your feedback, we will raise this with the right team.

Option to disable speech bubbles in 7.0

Status: Duplicate
by i-um on ‎17-12-2014 17:39

In similar topic you recommended to check out 7.0
Here I have it installed, and the ugly bubbles with blueish background are still there.

I want my messages left-aligned and black-on-white, please add such option

Status: Duplicate

Consolidating the ideas about "Reverting layout from 7.x to 6.2x" into this one:

Please share your votes and comments there.

Move the ads somewhere else.

Status: New Idea
by Lillae on ‎21-03-2015 01:11

I understand that ads are probably a big part of your income and I'm not upset by their existence, but I recently updated to and the ad is now a huge skyscraper banner up along the side of my conversation, squishing the conversation window between the ad and the contacts.


Also, it's a big, distracting splash of color, which I understand ads are meant to be, to grab attention, but when I can't focus on my conversation for an extended length of time because the big color block is doing something in my peripheral, it gets irritating.


I suggest you move the ad back up to the top of the window, or even give us our own choice in the settings for where to put the ad.


I write a lot with my friends in Skype. This means that we have very long messages from one user to the other, and with the message space squished up like it is now, it means we have less space to see these large messages. I tend to use Skype in a very large window just for this space, only now it's been taken away.




I realize that it goes away when you use split view but I generally have at least eight conversations going in one day and it would be an inconvenience to have to tab between my contact list and my conversation tab every time one of the other conversations is active.

Our group makes heavy use of  persistent Group IM chat rooms. Sometimes there can be a lot of traffic that does not pertain to you. So you kind of tune out the new message tones for a bit. We make use of the @PersonsName convention. So it would be nice that if someone entered @MyName, I could hear a special new message tone so I know a message directed at me just came in. Escpecially when I've previously tuned out the conversation. Ideally, in addition to setting the tone, you shold be able to set the name since people will use @Joe rather than @Joe.Smith.Skype.Account. Ideally, you should be able to configure a list of names to allow for @Joe, @Joseph, @JoeSmith, @Joe_Smith, etc. @SkypeUserAccount could be an "always active" option so as to not have to list it specifically.



It's midnight, I'm winding down for the night. I have about 20 conversations open using Trillian, my instant messaging client of choice. I have several conversations over AIM, many over YIM, and a few over more esoteric instant messaging services. I have 3 different IRC servers connected and several Skype conversations. They all use the same type of window, they're all in different tabs. I'm not the average Skype user - I'm a power user, this is how I relax.


My instant messaging client has a set of accounts for work, gaming, and then a set of personal accounts. After that I have every instant messaging account I've had over the past 15 years bound to it. This means I have well over 20 accounts attached to it! It's a very busy program.



Skype used to support third party clients through the Skype API or Skypekit, however, support for both has been discontinued. The Skype client's interface is much different from my preferred IM client's. It isn't able to manage 20 different tabs at once and it's difficult to keep track with hundreds of different individuals because of how it handles categorization. I can't manage multiple identities/presences at once nor can I write my own plugins to help me manage the herculean task of keeping up with everyone. This is not stuff Skype needs to be worried about doing.


Currently there's no supported way for third party clients designed for power users like me to connect to the Skype network. Skypekit will stop working soon enough and I simply won't be able to keep up with the people who want me to keep up with them. I'd imagine quite a few other power users are in the same boat. None of us want Skype to try to cater the Skype client to our needs - we're not mainstream users, we're a minority and we know it.


However, right now the Skype network is closing to anything but the official client. In my opinion this isn't a good thing. It prevents new and esoteric platforms from accessing the Skype network, it prevents power users from accessing the Skype network in the way they need to access it, and it discourages innovation on the network.


I believe Skype should either remake the Skype API that put the official client in to silent mode, keep Skypekit up to date (though Skypekit had issues with multiple instances running in the background), or provide a means for third party clients to access the Skype network. This could even be done via federation with an open protocol I.E. XMPP or other protocols.


Besides allowing power users like me a way to access our Skype contacts in a way that is seamless from our AIM and YIM and other contacts, the last latter implementation would allow Skype to grow in new and innovative ways, especially as the Internet of Things expands.


Long story short: Skype should allow third party clients a means to access the service that does not require direct user interaction with the default Skype interface.


Thanks for your time and consideration!

Custom Emotes

Status: Under consideration
by BananasGoMoo on ‎30-01-2014 04:12

My idea is to add custom emotes such as the ones from WLM, since all of those users were merged onto Skype, it would be nice to have that feature again.

Allow users to create and use skins

Status: Duplicate
by Moderator on ‎17-03-2015 19:28

The title says it all. If you want a good working example take Steam. You have all kinds of user-generated skins there.

Status: Duplicate

Duplicate of

Please share your votes and comments there.


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