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Seek and Ye Shall Find – Tips for Search

Back in July we released a new feature in Skype for Mac 6.7 which I haven’t had a chance to discuss with you yet. I want to fix that today because it really is a great feature. The feature in question is the search box on the toolbar. In this post I’ll be getting into this and more of Skype’s search features.

Skype for Mac search box

The great thing about this feature is the total versatility of it. You can do all of the following from one place:

  • Search for contacts and groups
  • Search the current conversation for specific words
  • Search for specific words in all conversations
  • Add contacts found in the Skype Directory
  • Make calls to landlines and mobiles

Simply start typing in the search box and a drop down will appear that shows the actions which apply to what you’ve typed. For example, just type in a phone number and the drop down will give you the option of calling the number. No need to go looking for the dial pad!

Mac search box

Search your current conversation in Skype for Windows desktop

In Skype for Windows desktop you can also search your current conversation for words and phrases. To bring up the search box you can open the Conversation menu and select Find, or just hit Ctrl + F.

You may need to show all your messages in the conversation by clicking here before searching:

Show all messages

Search for transferred files in Skype for Windows desktop

Sending and receiving files in Skype is a quick and easy task for you and your friends. However, if you use it a lot like me, it can be tough to keep track of all those files.

Help is at hand though, as there’s a simple way to search for transferred files in Skype for Windows desktop. From the View menu, select Files Sent and Received and you’ll see your recent conversations list change to show recently transferred files. Now you can use the search box to either search for a contact or group or for the name of the file that was transferred.

2 thoughts on “Seek and Ye Shall Find – Tips for Search

  1. Hi, can anyone tell me how I can communicate with a Skype’s Customer Service Representative? I’ve been seeking, but I have not been able to find. I purchased a Skype number, but after trying hard, I have not been able to use it. Can any one help me? Estebania.

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