Full List of Skype Chat Commands

Did you know that you can use a number of chat commands to perform certain tasks on Skype while communicating with your friends or colleagues? In this post, we make a complete list of Skype chat commands to help you in your chat sessions.


Skype is one of the most popular instant messenger software in the world that is widely used both on desktop computers and mobile devices. Though many Skype alternatives popped up in the last couple of years such as WhatsApp or Snapchat, it is still used by a large user base as their main instant messaging application.

Skype was being offered as a P2P software application but as the cloud based technologies improved vastly in the last decade, it is now moving to a cloud based system. If you are using the most up to date version of Skype (which is available for download here), that means you are already using the cloud based version. If you have an older version of Skype, it is recommended that you update to the latest one so that you will not miss any important features and security updates as well as be able to use all the things the cloud based version offers.

During your text chat conversations, online group meetings and voice or video call sessions, using Skype keyboard shortcuts and chat commands will not only make many repetitive tasks such as muting all sounds easier for you but they will also save you a lot of time. Most of the chat commands and roles are available in cloud based Skype but not in the P2P version, so before you can use any Skype chat commands, you should first check your chat type using the /get name command (a response starting with 19: implies cloud based chat, whereas a response starting with #skypename implies P2P chat).

Since the available chat commands may change depending on the Skype version you are using and the number of participants in the current chat session, it is a good idea to check which commands you can use by typing /help into the chat window and pressing Enter. This will display a list of all the chat commands you can use in that chat.

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Skype Commands: List of Skype Chat Commands

To use a chat command in Skype, simply type the command into the chat window and press Enter. Also note that, when you enter a command and receive a response from the System, that will be visible only to you and not to other participants.

Some of the commands below uses sample text within double quotes, e.g. "text". When using the command, simply omit the double quotes. Now, let's see what chat commands you can use on Skype.

Chat CommandFunction
/add "Skype username"Adds the person with that username to the chat.
Ex: /add john_smith
/alertsoffTurns off message alert notifications.
/alertson "text"Alerts you when the "text" appears in the chat.
Ex: /alertson budget
/createmoderatedchatCreates moderated chat group.
/find "text"Searches and finds "text" in the chat.
Ex: /find attachment
/get adminsLists the administrators of the chat session.
/get allowlistLists members that can access the chat.
/get banlistLists members that cannot access the chat.
/get optionsLists options for the chat session.
/get roleLists your role in the chat.
/get uriCreates a link for the current chat that can be shared with others to join the chat.
/goliveInitiates a group call with all chat participants.
/helpLists the available Skype chat commands.
/infoDisplays the number of chat members and the total available.
/kick "Skype username"Removes the person with that username from the chat.
Ex: /kick john_smith
/leaveLeave the current chat session.
/me "text"Displays your Skype username and the entered text next to it. Can be used for status updates, sharing opinion or voting.
Ex: /me prefers option 1
/remotelogoutLogs you out off all other Skype instances.
/set options +JOINING_ENABLEDAllows new members to join the chat.
/set options -JOINING_ENABLEDPrevents new members from join the chat.
/set options +HISTORY_DISCLOSEDNewly joined members can see the previous chat history.
/set options -HISTORY_DISCLOSEDNewly joined members can't see the previous chat history.
/set allowlist +"Skype username"That member will be allowed to join the chat.
Ex: /set allowlist +john_smith
/set allowlist -"Skype username"That member will be removed from the allowed list.
Ex: /set allowlist -john_smith
/set banlist +"Skype username"That member will be banned from joining the chat.
Ex: /set banlist +john_smith
/set banlist -"Skype username"That member will be removed from the banned list.
Ex: /set banlist -john_smith
/setrole "Skype username" ADMINSets that user's role as admin.
Ex: /setrole john_smith ADMIN
/setrole "Skype userame" SPEAKERSets that user's role as speaker.
Ex: /setrole john_smith SPEAKER
/showmembersLists all members and their roles in the current chat session.
/showplacesLists actively logged in devices for your account.
/topic "text"Changes chat topic.
Ex: /topic Last Month Review

As a side note to help you better understand how chat commands and roles work on Skype, Admin is the person who starts the chat (chat host), and the Speaker is the person who is invited to the chat and who can post messages and participate in calls.

As we also mentioned above, using the most recent version of Skype is important since older versions may not support some of the chat commands that are listed above.

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