Keyboard shortcuts in Skype for Business

This article lists the keyboard shortcuts for Skype for Business. You can customize Skype for Business to support the way you work, including ways that enhance its usability for use with screen readers or other assistive technologies. To learn more, see Skype for Business accessibility for people with disabilities.

Note: The keyboard shortcuts described here refer to the United States keyboard layout. Keys on other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a U.S. keyboard.

Frequently used shortcuts on a PC

The following table is a handy reference to frequently used shortcuts in Skype for Business.

To do this

Press

Main window: Find a contact

Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar

When a contact is selected: make a call or start a chat

Enter

When a contact is selected: see context-sensitive menu

Shift+F10

Accept an incoming call or chat

Windows logo key+Shift+O

Decline an incoming call or chat

Windows logo key+Escape

Mute or unmute your audio on a call

Windows logo key+F4

Conversation window: turn camera on or off

Windows logo key+F5

Conversation window: invite a contact to an existing conversation

Alt+V

Conversation window: end a conversation

Alt+Q

Conversation window: stop sharing your desktop

Alt+T

Other shortcuts

General navigation and movement

Use the following keyboard shortcuts no matter which window has the focus.

To do this

Press

Accept an incoming invite notification.

Windows logo key+Shift+O

Decline an invite notification.

Windows logo key+Esc

Self-mute or unmute audio.

Windows logo key+F4

Turn my Camera On/Turn my Camera Off when video is already established in the call.

Windows logo key+F5

Put focus into the Find Contact search box.

Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar

Open the main window and put focus in the search box.

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3

Take back control when sharing your screen.

Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar

Stop sharing your screen.

Ctrl+Shift+S

Skype for Business main window

Use these keyboard shortcuts when the Skype for Business main window is in the foreground.

To do this

Press

Move to the Contacts list tab.

Ctrl+1

Move to the persistent chat tab.

Ctrl+2

Move to the Conversation list tab.

Ctrl+3

Move to the Phone tab.

Ctrl+4

Move to the Meetings tab.

Ctrl+5

As a delegate, transfer a call to someone else’s work number. (Not available with all Office 365 subscriptions.)

Ctrl+1 or Ctrl+Shift+1

Open the System menu. Alt opens the menu bar.

Alt+Spacebar

Open the File menu.

Alt+F

Start Meet Now.

Alt+M

Open the Tools menu.

Alt+T

Open the Help menu.

Alt+H

Contacts list

Use these keyboard shortcuts while in the Contacts list.

To do this

Press

Delete the selected custom group or contact.

Delete

Move the selected group up.

Alt+Up Arrow

Move the selected group down.

Alt+Down Arrow

On the shortcuts menu, open the selected contact or group contacts card.

Alt+Enter

Collapse or expand the selected group.

Spacebar

Remove the selected contact from the Contacts list (non-distribution-group members only).

Shift+Delete

Contact card

Use these keyboard shortcuts while in a contact card. Press Alt+Enter to open a contact card.

To do this

Press

Close the contact card.

Esc

Move through the tabs at the bottom of the contact card.

Ctrl+Tab

Move through the tabs at the bottom of the contact card in reverse order.

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Conversation window

Use these keyboard shortcuts while in the Conversation window.

To do this

Press

Open the Help home page while on the Help menu.

F1

Exit full-screen view if present. Otherwise, the Conversation window closes only if there is no audio, video, or sharing occurring.

Esc

Accept any of the invite notifications. These include audio, video, call, and sharing requests.

Alt+C

Close the Conversation window.

Alt+F4

Ignore any invite notifications. These include audio, video, call, and sharing requests.

Alt+l

Rejoin audio in a meeting.

Alt+R

Open the Save As dialog box for a file that was sent in the Conversation window.

Alt+S

Invite a contact to an existing conversation.

Alt+V

Save the contents of IM history. Works for person-to-person conversations when you use Outlook.

Ctrl+S

Show or hide the instant message area.

Ctrl+W

Send a file, or in the context of a conference, add a meeting attachment.

Ctrl+F

Start OneNote and take notes about the conversation session.

Ctrl+N

Show or hide the participant list.

Ctrl+R

Navigate left to the previous UI element in the Conversation window (replaces pressing Shift+Tab to move focus from one UI element to the previous)

Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Left arrow

Navigate right to the next UI element in the Conversation window (replaces pressing Tab to move focus from one UI element to the next)

Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Right arrow

Add or end video.

Ctrl+Shift+Enter

Hold or resume an ongoing audio conversation.

Ctrl+Shift+H

Mark a conversation as having high importance. For person-to-person conversations, not available for meetings.

Ctrl+Shift+I

Show or hide the sharing stage.

Ctrl+Shift+Y

Switch to compact view.

Ctrl+Shift+P

Switch to content-only view.

Ctrl+Shift+K

Add or end audio.

Ctrl+Enter

When on a mode button, opens the corresponding callout.

Up arrow

When focus is on a mode button, a default action is taken. For audio, mute or unmute occurs. For video, start or stop the camera.

Spacebar

Dismiss or hide an open callout or bubble that has keyboard focus.

Esc

Call controls (Conversation window)

Use these keyboard shortcuts in the call controls while in a peer-to-peer call. This doesn’t work in a conference call.

To do this

Press

End a call or chat.

Alt+Q

Transfer: Open the contact picker during a peer-to-peer call. (Not available with all Office 365 subscriptions.)

Ctrl+Shift+T

Put a call on hold.

Ctrl+Shift+H

Display the dial pad.

Ctrl+Shift+D

Video (Conversation window)

Use these keyboard shortcuts when you’re working with video in the Conversation window.

To do this

Press

View video in full screen. If the stage area is visible in the Conversation window, F5 won’t take full-screen video.

F5

Exit full-screen video.

Esc

Pop out Gallery; Pop in Gallery.

Ctrl+Shift+O

Lock your video for everyone in the meeting.

Ctrl+Shift+L

IM (Conversation window)

Use these keyboard shortcuts when you’re in an IM with someone.

To do this

Press

Open Help.

F1

Save the IM conversation.

F12

Select all content in the conversation.

Ctrl+A

Cut the selected text.

Ctrl+X

Paste the copied text.

Shift+Insert or Ctrl+V

Copy the selected text.

Ctrl+C

Make the selected text bold.

Ctrl+B

Make the selected text italic.

Ctrl+l

Make the selected text underlined.

Ctrl+U

Redo the previous action.

Ctrl+Y

Undo the previous action.

Ctrl+Z

Change the color of the text you typed.

Ctrl+Shift+F

Open a file that’s been received via Skype.

Alt+P

Decline a file that’s been sent via Skype.

Alt+D

Place focus in your IM input area.

Ctrl+Shift+M

Conversation or meeting stage

To do this

Press

View the Conversation window in full screen mode.

F5

Exit full screen if present.

Esc

Stop sharing.

Alt+T

Manage presentable content.

Ctrl+Shift+E

Show or hide the sharing stage.

Ctrl+Shift+Y

Force pending L1 alert into view in full screen.

Ctrl+Shift+A

Switch to speaker view.

Ctrl+Shift+J

Switch to gallery view.

Ctrl+Shift+l

Move out of the sharing region in a forward direction.

Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow

Move out of the sharing region in a backward direction.

Ctrl+Alt+Left arrow

Conversation environment

To do this

Press

Delete selected items.

Delete

Move to top of list.

Home

Move to bottom of list.

End

Move up one page, which is about 24 lines.

Page Up

Move down one page, which is about 24 lines.

Page Down

Move to the previous contact for conversation.

Up arrow

Move down to the next contact for conversation.

Down arrow

Tabbed conversations

To do this

Press

Open tab window’s system menu.

Alt+Spacebar

Set focus on tab item in tabbed conversation view.

Ctrl+Shift+T

Switch to the next tab (continuously loop through all tabs).

Ctrl+Tab

Switch to a specific tab number and put keyboard focus in that conversation.

Ctrl+1,2…9

Dock or undock the selected conversation to or from the tab window.

Ctrl+O

Close a tab.

Esc

Persistent chat

The persistent chat window uses the same shortcuts as the conversation window and IM. This feature is not available for Office 365 subscriptions.

Frequently used shortcuts on a Mac

You can perform tasks efficiently in Skype for Business on Mac by using the following keyboard shortcuts.

To do this

Press

Sign in or sign out

COMMAND + G

Meet Now

COMMAND + N

Start a call

COMMAND + R

Quit Skype for Business

COMMAND + Q

Minimize the active window

COMMAND + M

Restore the active window

COMMAND + 1

Close the active window

COMMAND + W

Join online meeting by using a URL

UP ARROW + COMMAND + O

Emojis & symbols

SHIFT + COMMAND + SPACE

Exit full screen mode during desktop viewing

ESC

Set preferences

COMMAND + COMMA

Show spelling & grammar

COMMAND + COLON

Report an issue

ALT + COMMAND + B

Hang up

UP ARROW + COMMAND + E

Hold call

UP ARROW + COMMAND + H

Mute microphone

UP ARROW + COMMAND + M

Start video

UP ARROW + COMMAND + V

Share your screen

COMMAND + T

Transfer call

ALT + COMMAND + T

Admit all in lobby

UP ARROW + COMMAND + A

Mute audience

SHIFT + COMMAND + M

Hide

COMMAND + H

Hide others

ALT + COMMAND + H

Dial pad

COMMAND + 2

See Also

Skype for Business accessibility for people with disabilities

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