Useful Keyboard shortcuts for Skype for Business 2015 /2016 client

There are so many shortcuts keys available for Skype for Business client, Shortcut keys will accelerate your using experience.

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to do a task that would typically need a mouse or other pointing device. 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.

These Skype for Business keyboard shortcuts relate to the feature areas of the Skype for Business user interface (UI). So, for example, you have to be in a contact card for the Esc key to close the contact card.

Tab and Shift+Tab are common ways of moving through any UI. Tab moves through the UI usually left to right, top to bottom, whereas Shift+Tab moves through the UI in the reverse order.

Some features might not be available for your account. We’ve indicated these.

General (any window):

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

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
Windows logo key+Shift+OAccept an incoming invite notification.
Windows logo key+EscDecline an invite notification.
Windows logo key+F4Self-mute/unmute audio.
Windows logo key+F5Turn my Camera On/Turn my Camera Off when video is already established in the call.
Ctrl+Shift+SpacebarPut focus on the application sharing toolbar.
Ctrl+Alt+SpacebarTake back control when sharing your screen.
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3Open the main window and put focus in the search box.
Ctrl+Shift+SStop sharing your screen.

Skype for Business main window

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

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
Ctrl+1Move to the Contacts list tab.
Ctrl+2Move to the persistent chat tab.
Ctrl+3Move to the Conversation list tab.
Ctrl+4Move to the Phone tab.
Ctrl+5Move to the Meetings tab.
Ctrl+1 or Ctrl+Shift+1As a delegate, transfer a call to someone else’s work number.
Alt+SpacebarOpen the System menu. Alt opens the menu bar.
Alt+FOpen the File menu.
Alt+MStart Meet Now.
Alt+TOpen the Tools menu.
Alt+HOpen the Help menu.

Contacts list

Use these keyboard shortcuts while in the Contacts list.

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
DeleteDelete the selected custom group or contact.
Alt+Up ArrowMove the selected group up.
Alt+Down ArrowMove the selected group down.
Alt+EnterOn the shortcuts menu─open the selected contact or group contacts card.
SpacebarCollapse or expand the selected group.
Shift+DeleteRemove the selected contact from the Contacts list (non-distribution-group members only).

Contact card

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

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
EscClose the contact card.
Ctrl+TabMove through the tabs at the bottom of the contact card.
Ctrl+Shift+TabMove through the tabs at the bottom of the contact card in reverse order.

Conversation window

Use these keyboard shortcuts while in the Conversation window.

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
F1Open the Help home page (on the Help menu).
EscExit full-screen view if present. Otherwise, the Conversation window closes only if there is no audio, video, or sharing occurring.
Alt+CAccept any of the invite notifications. These include audio, video, call, and sharing requests.
Alt+F4Close the Conversation window.
Alt+lIgnore any invite notifications. These include audio, video, call, and sharing requests.
Alt+RRejoin audio in a meeting.
Alt+SOpen the Save As dialog box for a file that was sent in the Conversation window.
Alt+VInvite a contact to an existing conversation.
Ctrl+SSave the contents of IM history. Works for person-to-person conversations when you use Outlook.
Ctrl+WShow or hide the instant message area.
Ctrl+FSend a file, or in the context of a conference, add a meeting attachment.
Ctrl+NTake your own notes by using Microsoft OneNote note-taking program. Starts OneNote.
Ctrl+RShow or hide the participant list.
Ctrl+Shift+EnterAdd video/end video.
Ctrl+Shift+HHold or resume an ongoing audio conversation.
Ctrl+Shift+IMark a conversation as having high importance. Works for person-to-person conversations, but isn’t available for meetings.
Ctrl+Shift+YShow or hide the sharing stage.
Ctrl+Shift+PSwitch to compact view.
Ctrl+Shift+KSwitch to content-only view.
Ctrl+EnterAdd audio/end audio.
Up ArrowWhen on a mode button, opens the corresponding callout.
SpacebarWhen focus is on a mode button, a default action is taken. So for audio, mute or unmute occurs, whereas for video, it starts or stops the camera.
EscDismiss or hide an open callout or bubble that has keyboard focus.

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.

Press this 
keyboard shortcut
To do this
Alt+QEnd a call.
Ctrl+Shift+TTransfer: Open the contact picker during a peer-to-peer call. (Not available with some Office 365 subscriptions.)
Ctrl+Shift+HPut a call on hold.
Ctrl+Shift+DDisplay the dial pad.

Video (Conversation window)

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

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
F5View video in full screen. If the stage area is visible in the Conversation window, F5 won’t take full-screen video.
EscExit full-screen video.
Ctrl+Shift+OPop out Gallery; Pop in Gallery.
Ctrl+Shift+LLock your video for everyone in the meeting.

IM (Conversation window)

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

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
F1Open Help.
F12Save the IM conversation.
Shift+EnterAdd carriage returns.
Shift+Insert or Ctrl+VPaste.
Ctrl+ASelect all content.
Ctrl+BMake the selected text bold.
Ctrl+CCopy the selected text.
Ctrl+XCut the selected text.
Ctrl+lItalicize the selected text.
Ctrl+UUnderline the selected text.
Ctrl+YRedo the last action.
Ctrl+ZUndo the last action.
Ctrl+Shift+FChange the color of the font. (Only changes color for what you type, not for what the other person types.)
Alt+POpen a file that’s been received.
Alt+DDecline a file that’s been sent.
Ctrl+Shift+MTo get focus to your IM input area.

Conversation or meeting stage

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
F5View the Conversation window meeting stage in full screen.
EscExit full screen if present.
Alt+TStop sharing.
Ctrl+Shift+EManage presentable content.
Ctrl+Shift+YShow or hide the sharing stage.
Ctrl+Shift+AForce pending L1 alert into view in full screen.
Ctrl+Shift+JSwitch to speaker view.
Ctrl+Shift+lSwitch to gallery view.
Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow or

Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow

Tab out of the sharing region in a forward direction, and/or tab out of the sharing region in a backward direction.

Conversation environment

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
DeleteDelete selected items.
HomeMove top of list.
EndMove to bottom of list.
Page UpMove one page up.
Page DownMove one page down.
Up ArrowMove up to the previous contact for conversation.
Down ArrowMove down to the next contact for conversation.

PPT sharing: Legacy PPT viewer

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
TabWhen the content space is in focus, tab through the controls for PPT sharing (Prev arrow, Next arrow, Thumbnails, and Notes).
Right ArrowWhen focus is on content area, move to the next click, or slide, if no click for animation is on the current slide.
Left or Right ArrowWhen the thumbnail area is in focus, move focus to the previous or next thumbnail without changing the active slide.
Left ArrowWhen focus is on content area, move to the previous click, or slide if no click for animation is on the current slide.
HomeWhen thumbnail area is in focus, set the focus on the first slide thumbnail without changing the active slide.
EnterSelect the control in focus or thumbnails if thumbnail strip has focus and select (change in active slide).
EndWhen the thumbnail area is in focus, set the focus on the last slide thumbnail without changing the active slide.

Tabbed conversations

Press this key or
keyboard shortcut
To do this
Alt+SpacebarOpen tab window’s system menu.
Ctrl+Shift+TSet focus on tab item in tabbed conversation view.
Ctrl+TabSwitch to the next tab (continuously loop through all tabs).
Ctrl+1,2…9Switch to a specific tab number and put keyboard focus in that conversation. Ctrl+1.
Ctrl+OUndock/dock the selected conversation from/to the tab window.
EscClose a tab.

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