Adjust Skype Notifications and Status Alerts in Skype for Business

Posted by Jon Hood  /  April 29, 2016  /  Microsoft 365, Skype for Business   —   3 Comments ↓

Skype notifications can be distractingSometimes, we want to be notified if a particular contact in Skype changes their online presence status. Sometimes, we don't. In this video, I go over “Tag for Status Change Alerts”. These Skype notifications will produce a popup message every time our contacts become available or go offline.

We’ve noticed that as some organizations roll out Skype for Business the default setting is to have “Tag for Status Change Alerts” turned on. Admittedly, this can be a little bit overwhelming, even annoying, as our colleagues sign in or sign out. Unfortunately, at least at this time, there is no global setting change. (If you find yourself in this boat, check out our post on 4 steps to take immediately after your Office 365 migration.)

You may be asking, "How do I turn off Skype notifications?" I’ll show you how to easily manage these notifications just a little effort.


A simple right-click on the contact will allow you to check or uncheck this feature. The fast way to turn this off for all contacts is to go to your contact group in Skype for Business and click on the first contact at the top of the list, hold the Shift key while scrolling to the bottom of the list or group of contacts and then right-click and uncheck “Tag for Status Change Alerts”. Bye bye, distracting Skype notifications!

To see a quick demonstration, check out this video.

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Topics: Microsoft 365, Skype for Business