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Skype is a peer-peer application that supports voice calls over the internet. The
application also supports chat, file sharing, and video conferencing. Calls
involving only skype users are no cost, as is the software download. Skype calls
can be made to landline phones and cell phones with a usage charge. This brief
guide will get you started with installing and basic use of Skype. Access the Skype
FAQ for comprehensive instructions:
https://support.skype.com/?_a=knowledgebase

Here is the hardware and software baseline for using Skype.
Computer Requirements:
      -PC running Windows 2000, XP or Vista. (Windows 2000 users require
      DirectX 9.0 for video calls).
      -Internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice
      calls).
      -Speakers and microphone – built-in or separate.
      -For voice and video calls we recommend a computer with at least a 1GHz
      processor, 256 MB RAM and of course a webcam (only if video is desired).

                     Many people find a low-cost headset (microphone and
                     earphones) an effective way to use Skype. Contemporary
                     headsets plug into the computer via a USB port, which is
                     usually simpler than looking for the right places for sub
                     mini-plugs to go. Unless you are a technology hobbyist,
                     hooking up that ten year-old microphone that you have
around can become a frustrating effort, whereas a $10-15 headset purchase can
have you Skyping fast (the same story goes for video inputs).




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Now, open your web browser so that you can download and install the Skype
application.

-Download Skype here:
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windows/
 -Start Skype to setup your Skype user information.




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If you do not know how to install a downloaded application, get some help from a
more information technology literate person.

With Skype installed and the headset (or mic and speakers configured), it is time
to add contacts to your list. Contacts are other Skype users whom you can call
and message.

-Add contacts by selecting New Contact… in the Contacts drop-down menu at the
top of the window.




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Group calls are conference calls with a group of Skype users.



-Create groups by selecting Create New Group… in the Contacts drop-down menu,
then drag-and-drop contacts from your contacts list to the ‘group box’ in the
upper right corner of the window.




-In the same box you are able to Save group as... and give it a name, e.g. History
Class.




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-You can call a contact or a group by selecting the contact in your contacts lists
and clicking the green Call button.




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While in a call, whether group or one-one, you can accept incoming calls or invite
a contact to the call. You can message individuals or groups while talking. Do
your best to stay focused on what you are saying to whom!

-To add people to an on-going conversation or group select Add People… in the
Conversation drop-down-menu or click the + Add People button.




-To send an instant message during a conversation, use the text box in the lower
right corner of the window.




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File sharing is easy. The most important thing is to know where your files are and
have them appropriately named (i.e. so that you and others know what they are
from the file name alone).

-To send a file to a contact or a group right click that group/contact in the
contacts list and select Send File… from the drop-down-menu.




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At this point, having talked, text messaged, and shared files, it may seem like a
good idea to see one another. One option is by uploading a picture to your profile
(as seem in the screen shots above). If you want video, here is how to get started.




Setting Up Your Webcam
->Tools -> Options




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->Video Settings -> Enable Skype Video




Access the Skype FAQ for comprehensive instructions on using video and other
features: https://support.skype.com/?_a=knowledgebase

Happy Skyping!



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