Change your Lync alerts

If there’s something you don’t like about the way Skype for Business (Lync) tries to get your attention, chances are you can change it. For instance, if you find that you’re missing instant messaging (IM) alert requests, you can do several things to make them harder to miss. On the other hand, if the sound alerts that Skype for Business (Lync) sends are a nuisance for you, you can turn them off. If you’re really busy, you can turn off alerts from everyone except your key contacts. And if you don’t care to know when someone has added you as a contact, you can opt out of that alert process.

Note:  For details about how to respond to incoming IM alerts, see Use Skype for Business (Lync) IM.

Make alerts more noticeable

If you’re missing conversation request alerts when they’re sent to you and you want to make them more prominent, try the following:

  1. Set your display so Skype for Business (Lync) will always be in the foreground: click the drop-down arrow next to the Options button Options arrow , click Tools, and then click Always on Top.

  2. Confirm that Skype for Business (Lync) is set to send audible alerts: click the Options button, click Ringtones and Sounds, select the Play sounds in Skype for Business (Lync) (including ringtones for incoming calls and IM alerts) check box, and confirm that the other check boxes in the panel are not selected.

    Change Lync alert settings

  3. Confirm that the volume is turned up on your computer speakers and other audio device(s).

  4. If you use multiple display monitors, make a practice of moving your Skype for Business (Lync) main window onto the monitor you’re working in.

  5. Consider choosing a more distinctive or more prominent alert sound than the default:

    1. Open Ringtones and Sounds options, click the Sounds Settings button, and then click the Sounds tab.

    2. Drag the slider on the Program Events display panel down to the Skype for Business (Lync) listings.

    3. Click Incoming IM. The Sounds display at bottom of the window should read LYNC_iminvite.wav.

    4. Now click the drop-down arrow next to it and sample some of the other sounds on the list.

    5. When you find a sound you want to use for incoming instant message alerts, click Apply. (The Program Events display panel should now read Incoming Instant Message, and the Sounds panel should display the name of whatever .wav file you’ve selected.) Then, click OK. (You can also record your own .wav file for this purpose, and then browse to that file to select it as your IM alert.)

    6. To set up custom alerts for communications other than instant messages, go back to step c, click a Skype for Business (Lync) communication mode other than Incoming Instant Message (for example, Incoming Call, Incoming Video Call, Incoming Team Call), and then complete steps d and e for that type of communication.

Turn off audible alerts

  • In the Skype for Business (Lync) main window, click the Options button, click Ringtones and Sounds, and then, under Sounds, clear the Play sounds in Skype for Business (Lync) (including ringtones for incoming calls and IM alerts) check box.

Set Do Not Disturb options

When you’re really busy, setting your status as Do Not Disturb is handy for reducing the number of interruptions you get. But you might still want to keep in touch with important contacts. You can make exceptions for contacts to who you’ve assigned the Workgroup relationship to (typically your closest co-workers).

Click the Options button, click Alerts, and, under When my status is Do Not Disturb, do one of the following:

  • To hide all Skype for Business (Lync) alerts so that you cannot be interrupted when your status is set to Do Not Disturb, click Don’t show alerts.

  • To see only conversation invitations from Workgroup members and hide all other alerts when your status is set to Do Not Disturb, click Show only conversation alerts from people in my Workgroup privacy relationship.

  • To see all alerts, but limit conversation invitations to those sent by Workgroup members when your status is set to Do Not Disturb, click Show all alerts, but only conversation alerts from people in my Workgroup privacy relationship.

Change the notification when you’re added as a contact

By default, when someone adds you as a contact, Skype for Business (Lync) will add them to a running list of people you might consider adding to your Contacts list. You can review this list by clicking the New tab on the contacts view of the Skype for Business (Lync) main window. Decide who to add to your Contacts list, and assign privacy relationships and group memberships to those new contacts.

But if you’d rather not be bothered with this task, you can tell Skype for Business (Lync) to automatically add to your Contacts list anyone who has added you as a contact. They’ll be assigned the privacy relationship of colleague. To start automatically adding these contacts:

  • Click the Options button, click Alerts, and then clear the Tell me when someone adds me to his or her contact list check box.

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