Setting Alerts Options

Use the Alerts tab to set options that control how and when Communicator alerts appear on your computer screen. For example, you may want to receive an alert when another contact adds you to his or her contact list. You may also want to control the alerts that appear when your status is set to Do Not Disturb. You may also want to configure and control the sounds that accompany alerts.

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General alerts

When my status is Do Not Disturb

Sounds

General alerts

  • Notify me when someone adds me to his or her contact list    Select this option if you want to see a dialog box each time a contact adds you to his or her contact list. This dialog box lets you add the contact to your contact list and to set the level of access the contact has to your presence information.

  • Display subject or message in the conversation alerts     Select this check box if you want the incoming IM or call alert to include the conversation subject or text of the sender's instant message. Clear it if you want the alert to display only the sender's name.

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When my status is Do Not Disturb

  • Do not display alerts     Select this option if you do not want to receive alerts when your presence status is set to Do Not Disturb. When this option is set and your status is set to Do Not Disturb, you will not receive any alerts, even from contacts that you have assigned to the Team access level. By default, your status is set to Do Not Disturb whenever you are running a full-screen program.

  • Display only conversation alerts from people in my Team access level     Select this option if you want to receive alerts (while in Do Not Disturb mode) from only those contacts to whom you have granted the Team Access level. For more information about assigning contacts to access levels, see the Presence Survival Guide.

  • Display all status alerts, all notifications, and only conversation alerts from people in my Team access level     Select this option if you want to receive conversation alerts (while in Do Not Disturb mode) from only those contacts to whom you have granted the Team access level. Also, with this option selected, you will receive other alerts, such as when someone adds you to his or her Contact List, and notifications such as when you have missed a call.

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Sounds

  • Play sounds     Select this check box if you want to hear the sounds that accompany alerts.

  • Configure sounds     Click this option to open the Windows Sound and Audio Devices dialog box.

    • Suspend instant messaging sounds when the Conversation window is in the foreground     Select this option if you do not want to hear instant messaging alert sounds when the Conversation window is active.

    • Suspend sounds when my status is busy     Select this check box if you do not want to be interrupted by alert sounds when your presence status is set to Busy. This is very useful when you do not want sounds to interfere with calls.

    • Suspend sounds when my status is Do Not Disturb    Select this check box if you do not want to be interrupted by alert sounds when your presence status is set to Do Not Disturb.

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