Adding a contact with the least possible actions

You know that feeling, you’re running a few minutes behind schedule and you’ve arranged a Skype call with someone. You start up your computer and realize that you don’t have the person in your contact list and time is wasting.

To help you out in just such circumstances, this next post in my Least Possible Actions series will show you the fastest way to add a contact in Skype on Windows. If you missed the previous posts, feel free to catch up on the least possible actions series.

As always, I’ll list the requirements you’ll need to have ready, the method of adding a contact and a few words of discussion.


To use this method for adding a contact, you will need:


  1. Start Skype.

Skype Home

  1. Type the Skype name or email address of your contact and press enter.
  2. Click or tap search Skype.


  1. Click or tap your contact in the results.

Search results

  1. Click or tap add to contacts.

Add to contacts

  1. Click or tap send.

Send contact request


If you don’t have Windows 8 and Skype for modern Windows, you can complete this action almost as quickly in Skype for Windows desktop. You’ll need a shortcut to Skype on your desktop or taskbar and you’ll need to have automatic sign-in enabled. The method is very similar after that, the only additional step is selecting the search field above your contact list before you start step 2.

If you’ve got a faster way of adding a Skype contact on Windows, let me know about it in the comments or in the Skype Community.