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Display user local time like in previous versions. It is very useful information when you chatting with people from other countries.


WYSIWYG editor

Status: New Idea
by vrubleg Thursday - last edited Thursday

I think that text have to be not formatted unexpectedly. Please add simple WYSIWYG editor instead of annoying automatic formatting for constructions like *text*. For example, you can use this keystrokes: Ctrl+B for Bold, Ctrl+I for Italic, Ctrl+U for Underline, Ctrl+S for Stroke. Also there is have to be a button and a keystroke for monospace font (for code).

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:

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


Square avatars

Status: New Idea
by vrubleg Thursday

Please add an option to disable rounded avatars. It looks inconsistent with other square elements.

I want to suggest that when you right-click a message, there's a copy quote AND copy plain text option, so you don't have to look in settings all the time. Support/no support and please consider Skype team! :wink:

Please show Skype balance near my name in the main window like in previous versions of Skype.

I think that replacing parts of my text by accident is unacceptable. Please disable automatic replacing ($), (a) and others to smiles. Allow to insert smiles only from special list of smiles via GUI or at least provide more complicated mnemonics for automatic replacements, for example: :::dollar:::, :::angel:::. But better to remove this behaviour at all.

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: More Information needed

We have taken a lot of this feedback into account when building Skype 7.0 which offers more customization options:

Please review and share your feedback in that topic, so that we can make 7.1 even better.

Hello Skype,


You clearly did not listen to pretty much any of the complaints on 6.22, as listed in practically each and every topic in the 38 pages of that forum, and went ahead with version 7, which is exactly the same. So I feel like I'm wasting my words here.


I am using Skype mainly for business, and sometimes I have up to ten conversations open at once. I need to find people and text easily, and fast. There have been countless comments stating the same, so I am hereby adding my voice too:

- We hate the stupid blue ballons.

- We hate the waste of space in the chat windows and the contacts list.

- Please provide again a compact, business version.

- Skype for Windows is not an App.


I will be downgrading to 6.21 until you listen to your users.

Thank you.


Please stop updating!!!

Status: New Idea
by jsherr1 a week ago
Your new versions just get worse and worse. Change you designers and stop hassling us with your terrible improvements

Group name font is too large, we don't want all these bubbles...


Is it needed to write it again or will we finally get what we need and not what you want us to use ?

Can you do this?

I understand you want to upgrade the software for file sharing/sending amongst other things, but please let us have the option of the 6.21 layout. 

From what I can tell through google and post on here, a good number of us really dislike this new skype UI.

It feels bloated and doesn't have that clean to the point look of 6.21

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.



Today I am sharing with you all an idea in which should have been thought of in the first place. If not, well then here you go. Before I begin, I fully understand how ads work and their purpose. However, I don't understand the overuse of ads everywhere, and the most annoying spot they're placed - is right in the middle of your Skype calls. Yes, I see them on the side where the conversation box comes out, dead center of the Skype call (if you're not on webcam), and at the top where you can read Skype status'.


There are ways to bypass these ads, however the method I know completely takes away the availability from being able to see Skype status'. The point in this idea is to encourage Skype developers to place their ads in a more reasonable location, rather than directly in the middle of your screen. Adblock does not remove these ads, as Skype is a 3rd party software. 


Please take this into consideration for current and future users of Skype.

Thank you for reading this!



The new design is extremely counter-intuitive, and you have us in such a way that we have nothing else to do but just work the way you want us to.


This is not what we've come to know and love about this uber-powerful messaging client.


There is now a huge block showing our own profile on the left side. Believe me, I know who I am. I don't need a quarter of the window to remind me who I am.


If you need to make such changes, at least allow for a skinnable interface. This way we can have something more similar to 5.10 interface.


Allow your clients to have an interface that they can actually use! With this current update, there is a section that allows me to see only 3 contacts out of my hundreds that I need to scroll through. The buttons below the massive profile picture are also completely unnecessary. It's hard to imagine that this version actually passed all of the stages of development. Did nobody at any point say "hey... um guys? You know people won't really be able to use this..."


C'mon. This is just unfair.


That is all (actually it's not, but I'm going to keep my cool here and not go insane, because this is going to extremely hinder my productivity, and I will be forced, likely along with many, many others, to seek another chat client).


Thank you, and have a wonderful day!

The last version of skype -6.22.107 is awful - I don`t like it at all, and this is not just me - a lot of my friends too. I want to use the old interface.

With the new update Skype uses CSS files (cascading stylesheets) to style its appearance.


This means it's technically possible to alter how Skype looks. Except it's not. I tried to modify the login.css file, which seems to contain the application-wide styling definitions, and on launch Skype detects that you've modified it and recreates the original file. Why???


When it's so easy to allow the user to modify Skype to look how they want it to, why would you not want to let them? The ultimate user experience is to let the user define his/hers own experience.


Simple ideas

Status: New Idea
by Kujibiki a week ago

Hello everyone, here are some simple ideas I believe the Skype team should implement. Most of them revolve around OPTIONS, and most of them have already been present somehow, so it should be easy to implement.


First -  Have a Toggle Option for wether Skype stops scrolling when you have unread messages in a chat, or it continues scrolling regardless. Skype has already used both formats, but never at the same time, and it's a very big issue.


Second -  CUSTOMIZATION. Let us customize our fonts to friends, and let them disable the custom fonts. This lets us easily differentiate users in big chats WITHOUT CLUSTERING THE UI (like 6.22 did and 7.0 continues to do).

Custom emoticons are also very important, it gives a TON of personality to conversations.

These were both used in MSN, and since Microsoft owned it, it shouldn't be that hard to export those settings to Skype.


Third - Right now, when you message someone who is offline, your messages don't get sent until you are BOTH online, which defeats the purpose of messaging someone while they're offline. A similar bad thing happens when you, for some reason, send delayed messages, which appear in the middle of the conversation, when they "should've" appeared.

These are terrible and need fixing asap. Messages appearing back in time do not help, they lead to more confusion or simply missing what someone said entirely because the chat already scrolled up.


Thanks for listening!

Hello After latest 6.22 update i think Skype got some few extra unhappy users who dislike the new Skype design. I understand the need tu update the software for technical reasons, but I would really like to be able to choose which user interface to use, so if Skype would have some extra controls for the View tab smth like "use Skype 6.20 interface" i thibnk that would be great. Thanks

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