You can turn chat notifications off and on by using Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, in Skype for Business in Outlook on the web. This is handy when you’re busy and don’t want to get alerts when you receive instant message requests.
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This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Windows screen reader, Narrator. To learn more about using Narrator, go to Get started with Narrator.
This topic assumes you are using this app with a PC. Some navigation and gestures might be different for a Windows phone or tablet.
When you use Skype for Business in Outlook on the web, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your web browser. BecauseSkype for Business in Outlook on the web runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not Skype for Business in Outlook on the web.
Chat notifications are turned on by default. The steps below work to turn the alerts off, and also to turn them back on.
Open Outlook on the web in your browser and, if necessary, sign in.
Tip: For sign-in help, refer to Basic tasks using a screen reader with Skype for Business.
Press the Tab key until you hear “Use the Down Arrow to use the Skype for Business conversations pane,” and then press the Down Arrow key. The Skype for Business conversations pane opens with the focus on the All contacts list, and you hear “Contacts, All contacts, Contact names.” In the upper-right corner of the pane, the Search Skype, Contacts, and New Chat buttons are available. In the lower-right corner of the pane, the Turn off chat notifications button is available.
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