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How to Control Your Presence Status in Skype for Business

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In Skype for Business you can control your status to let people know if you are free or busy. This information can be shared with your Skype4B connections by changing your status using the color-coded presence indicator that appears next to your picture or name.

This status will automatically be controlled by your Outlook and Skype for Business activities. If you have a meeting on your calendar from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Skype4B will automatically set your status to "In A Meeting" for that hour. You can also manually change your status by clicking on the drop down menu underneath your name.

To configure even more status options, click the gear menu and select Tools -> Options -> Status. There, you can choose the number of minutes for showing as "Inactive" when your computer has been idle, and the number of minutes for changing your status from "Inactive" to "Away". There are other options such as "Do Not Disturb" or setting your privacy. 

Click the Gear Menu..then select Tools -> Options -> Status

You can set the number of minutes your computer can be idle before your status says "Away"

You can set the number of minutes for "Inactive" to "Away"

You can choose between controlling who sees your presence or allowing the system administrator to decide  (see below)

When you choose "Do Not Disturb" mode as a status, if someone sends you a message, the message will not come through until your status changes to "Available", "Busy" or "Away".

You have the option to have your status change automatically for you when you present your desktop or when your monitor is duplicated.

It's important to note that all of these features can be controlled by your system administrator, so if any of these options are missing for you... there is a good chance that your company decided to remove them.


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