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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.

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

I think a vital point to all messenger interfaces is the ability to use good emoticons/smilies/emoji for people to express themselves in more fun ways. Before there was skype, there was MSN messenger and it can't be denied that the biggest misery in the loss of MSN was the fact that there would no longer be a good messenger interface that provided the same function to add your own custom emoticons. And after having no choice but to move onto Skype, I was greatly disappointed by the poor and limited emoticons available. To be quite honest, they suck so much that neither I or any of my friends even use them. It used to be really different and fun to be able to use your own custom emoticons, because you'd have your own person collection of them that you could send to anyone, anywhere. It never ever got boring and I feel this is something that Skype GREATLY lacks. 
Perhaps this is something that is difficult to accomplish in skype and perhaps requires a lot of software work, however i feel it would really be worth all the effort to add this feature and surely will benefit you and all skype users happier with their skype experiences.
I would not believe that this is something that can't be done, because MSN messenger was capable of having it and i believe Skype is ought to be far more advanced, however as of yet  I still think skype is inferior to MSN mainly due to this reason.
At least please add this function for PC/laptop if it is too hard for mobile. (although if facebook is able to display advanced smileys in its messenger, then again im not sure why skype couldn't)

Thank you for reading and I sincerely hope this suggestion will be considered and that you'll add this function! :happy: 

Status: Duplicate

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 add your kudos there.

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.

Hello Skype Community!! 


Remember the feature we had nack in the Old Days in Live Messenger? To be able to add our own emoticons ..? Well to be honest i really miss that, and since Live Messenger isnt available anymore because we now use Skype for that, it'll AWSOME if you guys could readd this feature to Skype.


I mean, if you think about it, there are millions of people using Skype nowadays. Imagine how this feature will change the way people chat from Skype. Being able to add and use unique emoticons to express feelings with funny or sad unique emoticons. I still remember how it was when i was chatting with friends and poof! "Oh! there's an emoticon i never seen. Wow it looks cool, i think ill add it too" or " that one doesnt look that good i dont want it"  Back then we were able to decide which emoticons we  like and wanted to use and which not. But now , we can only use the standart ones. They're pretty cool and stuff but its the same every single time and at some point it get kinda boring.. 

I really wish this goes under Consideration and hopefully be there to use in the next updates :happy:


Thanks a lot for reading this! ^^

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:

Dear Developer,

Skype is very good application, special in chatting, sending file or message. 

right now, i have some idea to make it more and more useful. one of these idea is sending message for many contacts in the same time. 

Knowing that skype have group chatting function but many case we can not use the group-chat to sending the content for some reason like the receiver dont want other know their contact info. like the email system have BCC, yahoo massseger can organize contact by grouping then send messenger to all contact in group.... that is good function. it would be highly appreciated if you could devolop this fucntion in skype application

Many many thanks

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.

I believe it'd be a good feature to be able to synch your Skype client to a media player and show what you're listening to. To my knowledge this was an already existing feature on Skype, but was removed due to a reason I'm not aware of. I know I'm not the only person who wants to see a feature like this implemented, as I have seen other people talk about it. Please keep a feature like this in consideration.

Option to disable speech bubbles in 7.0

Status: New Idea
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

Make it possible to turn off video from any side, on any side of the chat. Usually I'm not interested in the video from the opposite person and it just takes away bandwidth (400 KB/s) and I don't want to ask the person to turn it off and explain to them where the button is.


It used to be possible to see who's hosting the group conversation. It was very useful and am saddened to see it's been removed for a reason unknown to me.

Emoji are standard subset och characters in the Unicode char set. Those can be used as any regular characters. With Windows 8, Android, iOS, Windows Phone? already supporting it system wide. So there's not much work to do for supporting it.

An emoji is a 4-byte character (codepoint: 1000 – 1FFFF), and Skype can't handle 4-byte characters. Inserting these characters in Skype for Windows 8 will strip these characters, and Skype for Android will make everything like ASCII.

As Unicode has a huge set of smilies (emoji), those could be used instead of the limited number of smilies that Skype currently offers.

Skype can still offer the shortcuts like : ) which will point to the emoji codepoints - and should replace the text into emoji, and each users chooses if their message should contain emoji. As each system already offers it's own smilies-button on on-screen keyboards - Skype should preferable only show it's smilies-button when a hardware keyboard is present (often PCs).

By letting the system handle the images, all smilies will look the same in all apps, and users knows what to expect of every expression. Also, due to the huge amount of emoji, and if new are introduced - that's nothing Skype has to worry about as each system will take care of that.

As Skype uses shortcuts for it's smilies, it's sometimes shows them when it "shouldn't". Entering aspect ratios like "4:3" or math like "3×( x+8 )" - the text might look strange. A shortcut should be converted only if it's preceded by a whitespace character. Making the above expressions fine. And by having smilies as Unicode characters makes it easier to know if it should be a smilie or not for the sender, receiver, when viewing past messages, and when editing texts. And system notifications can't handle Skype's custom smilies, but do support the system wide emoji

• Support 4-byte characters, to support additional languages
• Update Skype's smilies to emoji, for better support
• Using emoji will display these in system notifications
• Keep shortcuts, but point to emoji - if users wants to
• Only use shortcuts when preceded by space, to not mess up texts

Status: Under consideration

We are looking to add Emoji support on Skype for Windows desktop besides the popular Skype emoticons. Please vote for this idea if you think it's a good idea.

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.

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

Status: Implemented

Local time of your contacts is shown again in the profile section in Skype 7.2 for Windows desktop. Please update from

I'd like to have automatic call answering for a few of my contacts, not for every single one of them. I won't like it somebody to accidentally dial me and see/hear what I'm doing.

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.



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!

If you search for me in the phone directory, you find the link "tel:+[removed for privacy]".  When I click it, Skype calls the number, which often is a reasonable thing to do.

But sometimes, the user might prefer using Skype to contact me. And Skype does know that +[removed for privacy] is a number connected to skype:[Removed for privacy]. It might ask me if I want to place the call to the phone, or to the Skype account. Or go straight to Skype, where I always have a choice between different kinds of calls and messages.


To prevent imposter attacks, the function should probably be limited to verified numbers.

It's increasingly a problem that Skype users have elderly relatives who get badly stuck and need help with their computers, and have zero tech savvy and little ability to follow instructions and describe what they're seeing. My mom, for instance. It would be super helpful to have the ability, during a Skype call, for one participant to launch a share of the other person's screen. Rather than me having to describe to them how to do this through the Skype menu, they would just get a big popup -- "Hyperion Cole would like to see your screen. Is that all right?" Answers yes and no (default). Ability to request control during a screen share would also be a big plus.


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