How to Enable or Disable “Global hotkeys” in Skype on Windows 11



The article provides a guide on managing “Global hotkeys” for Skype on Windows 11. These hotkeys are keyboard shortcuts that allow users to perform functions like answering or ending calls, muting the microphone, etc., even when Skype is minimized. It outlines the steps for enabling or disabling these hotkeys, contributing to a more efficient Skype…

This article explains enabling or disabling Skype “Global hotkeys” in Windows 11.

Skype is a popular video chat and messaging application by Microsoft. It allows users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users for free over the internet.

One can configure many settings with Skype, including stopping and starting background services, disabling auto start-ups, and more.

Another setting one can configure is Global hotkeys. It allows you to use Skype keyboard shortcuts while it is minimized or not in focus. Global hotkeys are enabled by default in Skype.

Enabling global hotkeys in Skype allows users to use keyboard shortcuts to perform certain actions even when the Skype application is minimized or not in focus. This can be useful for quickly answering or ending a call, muting or unmuting your microphone, and more without switching to the Skype window.

You can turn it on or off anytime. The steps below will show you how to do that.

Turn On or Off Skype Global hotkeys

As mentioned above, users can turn on “Global hotkeys” in Skype to quickly answer or end a call, mute or unmute their microphone, and more using keyboard shortcuts without switching to the Skype window.

Available Global Hotkeys

ActionSkype for Windows Desktop, Windows 10 & 11 (version 15), and LinuxSkype for Mac
Toggle MuteCtrl+MCommand+Shift+M
Hang upCtrl+Shift+HCommand+Shift+H
Answer incoming callCtrl+Shift+PCommand+Shift+R

Here’s how to do it.

First, launch the app by clicking the Start menu and selecting it on the All Apps list.

Turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

You can also launch the app from the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow.

Turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

Click the Settings and more ( …) button in the Skype window next to your profile picture and select Settings on the menu.

Turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

On the Settings page, select the General tab on the left. On the right, under ACCESSIBILITY, select the “Enable global hotkeys” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Windows 11 turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

Exit the Skype app when you are done.

That should do it!




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