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usIng skype
IntroductIon to usIng skype

•	   Skype is software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet.
•	   Calls to other users of Skype are free; while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made
     for a small fee (you can buy Skype credit on the website).
•	   To use Skype you will need a headset or speakers and a microphone.
•	   If you have a webcam (a camera on your computer) you will be able to see the person you are talk-
     ing to (provided they have a webcam too)

To Install Skype on your computer
To use Skype you first have to download it from the Skype website at www.skype.com (you only have
to do this once, after that it will be installed on your pc).

                                                                                      Download Skype here

To Download Skype – click on the Download button. The next page shows you detailed instructions
of how to download Skype.

Once you have
downloaded Skype
it will appear on your
desktop. When you
want to use it you
double click to open
the programme.

The first time you use
Skype you will be asked
to create an account
with a user name and
password, (a bit like you
did when you signed
up for email).

How to make a call on skype
Call someone in your Contact list:
Click the Contacts button at the top of Skype.


Search for new
contacts here

In your contact list, find the person you want to call.
Click on them. (Remember - anyone with one of these beside them is on Skype so it’s free to call.
Anyone with one of these means it’s a phone or mobile number and calls will cost you a little and you
will need to purchase credit).

You will see their details in the main window.
Click the green Call button. You should hear ringing

To hang up, click the red End call button.

To add someone to your contact list
To find a person on Skype you can do a search for their Skype username, their full name or their email
address and Skype will search through all the registered users to find them – you then send them a
message asking them to authorise you as a contact on Skype and once they have accepted you can
call them

More Information – there is lots of helpful information on the Skype Website



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