Use the Status options to specify how your contacts view your status in Microsoft Lync 2010 communications software.
What do you want to do?
Open Status options
From the Lync main window, you can open the Status options in one of two ways:
Click the Options button, and then click Status.
Next to the Options button, click the Show Menu arrow, click Tools, click Options, and then click Status.
Set options for Inactive and Away status changes
When you’ve been inactive on your computer, Lync 2010 automatically changes your status. If you’ve not taken a mouse or keyboard action on your computer for a specified period of time, Lync displays a yellow status indicator and the word “Inactive.” After your status has been “Inactive” for a period of time, Lync continues to show the yellow status indicator and displays the word “Away.” Five minutes is the default period for these options, but you can specify a longer time.
Open Status options, and, next to Show me as Inactive when my computer has been idle for this many minutes, click the up or down arrows to specify how long Lync should wait before changing your status to Inactive. The maximum interval of time you can enter is 360 minutes.
Next to Show me as Away when my status has been Inactive for this many minutes, click the up or down arrows to specify how long Lync should wait before changing your status to Away. The maximum interval of time you can enter is 360 minutes.
Specify who can see my presence status
By default, everyone except Blocked Contacts can see your presence status. You can change this by opening the Status options and choosing one of the following options:
I want everyone to be able to see my presence regardless of system settings (override default settings)
I want the system administrator to decide–currently everyone can see my presence but this could change in the future
Your organization may have enabled Privacy Mode in Lync. If this is the case, you will see the following options instead of the previous ones. You can use these options to choose whether to limit visibility of your presence information to only those people whom you’ve added to your Contacts list:
I want everyone to be able to see my presence
I only want people in my Contacts list to see my presence
Note: The presence states in Lync are pre-set and can't be customized or added to. If you want to give your contacts more details about where you are or what you're doing, you can write a personal note at the top of the Lync main window.