Set Personal options

While you are offline, there are some limited personal options you can set, including your sign-in settings and how Microsoft Skype for Business interacts with any other Microsoft Office programs you use. To set other personal options, such as whether to share your location or see photos of your contacts, you’ll need to be connected.

To open Personal options, click the Options icon Lync Options button , and then click Personal.

Set My account options

Change any of the following:

  1. In Personal options, under My account, in the Sign-in address box, change the name of your user account. Use the format someone@example.com.

Important:  We recommend that you do not click the Advanced button because the current setting, Automatic configuration, is required with Office 365.

  1. Select the Automatically start Skype for Business when I log on to Windows check box to streamline startup and have Skype for Business automatically start and sign you in each time that you log on to the Windows operating system. If you don’t want to automatically sign in, clear this check box.

  2. Select the Show Skype for Business in foreground when it starts check box if you want the Skype for Business main window to open in front of other windows when it starts. If this option isn’t selected, the Skype for Business icon appears in the Windows notification area when Skype for Business starts.

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Set Personal information manager options

You specify how Skype for Business interacts with other Office programs.

  1. In Personal options, under Personal information manager, select either Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook or None from the drop-down list. When you select Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook, the Skype for Business search feature uses the Microsoft Outlook Contact list as a source of contacts, in addition to the global address list.

    When you select None, the Skype for Business search feature returns contacts only from the global address list. It doesn’t use either the Windows Address Book or the Outlook Contact list.

  2. If you select Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook, do any of the following:

    • To make your presence automatically reflect when you are in a scheduled meeting, select the Update my presence based on my calendar information check box. Use the following settings to further specify who can see this information:

      • To show this information to contacts in your Workgroup, select the Show meeting subject and location to contacts in my Workgroup privacy relationship check box.

      • To show your Out of Office information to contacts, select the Display my Out of Office info to contacts in my Friends and Family, Workgroup, and Colleagues privacy relationships check box. Clear the check box to hide your Out of Office information from all your contacts.

    • To save conversation history in Outlook, select the Save IM conversations in my email Conversation History folder check box. Clearing this check box means that your instant message history is not kept.

    • To save your call history in Outlook, select the Save call logs in my email Conversation History folder check box. Clearing this check box means that your Skype for Business call history is not kept.

    • To save your contacts in Microsoft Exchange Server, if your organization uses it, select the Save my Skype for Business contacts in my personal contacts folder on the Exchange server check box. Clearing this check box means that your Skype for Business contacts are kept only in Skype for Business.

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