How To: Disable and customize alerts in Skype chats in just a few seconds

I use Skype on a daily basis, like millions other people and while I appreciate Microsoft’s quality communication service, it can ve overwhelming to have too many group chats going on at the same time.

The easiest way to prevent getting distracted by Skype notifications poping up one after another is to customize these alerts on a per conversation basis. From the app’s Settings, you can tweak a few things, but if you want to configure notifications for a specific chat, regardless if it’s a group or a private conversation things are a bit more hidden.

While there is no actual setting to tweak notifications in a specific conversation, the process is super easy and it takes just a couple of seconds. Before we get started I would like to mention the commands work on any platform, although on Mac OS X they are not 100% reliable.

How to disable and enable alerts in specific Skype conversations and group chats

Skype disable chat notifications

Open the chat for which you want to turn off notifications. It doesn’t matter if it’s an individual or a group conversation. Type /alertsoff and tap Send (or press Enter).

This command will toggle off notifications for that conversation thread, but you will not receive a confirmation and the text won’t actually be sent to the recipient(s). This means if you decide to disable notifications for a chat, the other people in it won’t be aware of it.

Skype enable chat notifications

When you want to turn alerts back on for the conversation type /alertson and tap Send or hit Enter on your keyboard. No confirmation message will be sent in this case either, but the command does work.

How to setup trigger words for Skype notifications

Skype enable trigger words for notifications

Say you muted a chat’s notifications, but you’d still like to get alerts when certain words are mentioned, such as your name. This way you can get the best of both worlds: more silence than usual while still getting notified when something important is mentioned in the conversation.

To setup a trigger word for a certain conversation, simply type /alertson [triggerword] and send the text. The trigger word can be your name but other words and you can add multiple ones at the same time by typing /alertson [triggerword1] [triggerword2] [triggerword3] and so on.

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