Skype – What are chat commands and roles?

I faced the issues when i am in many groups chat on Skype, Skype will notify me when there is a message in any groups, it may not relate to me, but it will make me focus on that content.

I spent a lot of time on reading these content is not related to me on Skype, it made me can't focus in my work, so it affected to my performance in work everyday, so i think i must find the solution for it.

After discussing to my collegues i find out the solution, Skype supports many commands that you can use to do what you want. Here is the solution:

– If you are in many groups chat on Skype, you only want to receive notification from Skype when they are mentioning your name, this command will help you:

/alertson YourName

– If you want to disable the above command, you can use this command:


I hope these above commands can help you improve your working performance ^^


Please read the below content for more detail.

We're in the process of upgrading the Skype experience from a P2P-based architecture to a cloud-based system. Depending on when you started your group chat, you might notice different chat behaviors. Below, we detail the chat commands and roles in both P2P andcloud-based chats; simply click the type of chat you're in to expand the section and learn how you can enhance your chat experience.

To find out what type of chat you're in, simply type /get name into the chat window and press Enter. If the group name response starts with "19:…", you're in a cloud-based chat; if the group name response starts with "#skypename…", you're in a P2P-based chat.

Any response you get from using any of the chat commands will not be visible to the other members of the chat; they're shown only to you, and will come from a contact called System.

If you are the administrator or host of a chat (usually if you set up the chat, you will be assigned this role) you can:

  • Type /kick [Skype Name] to remove a member from the chat. You or other chat members can add this person again later.
  • You can share the moderator with other members by typing /setrole [Skype Name] MASTER to share this permission with other users in this chat.
  • Type /showmembers  to get a list of members and their current role (this will also show you the format of their Skype Name [see /add [Skype Name] command in both chat types below]).

The above commands will work whether you're in a P2P-based chat or a cloud-based chat.

To see a list of the available commands, simply type /help into the chat. If you are just in a chat with one other person, only the relevant chat options will be shown. If you are in a chat with two or more people, /help will reveal a more comprehensive list of chat commands. If you don’t see the list, the version Skype you are using is not supported.

All new groups created will be cloud-based groups. If you want to create a P2P-based group (to make use of the legacy moderator functionality), type /createmoderatedchat. This will create a new chat group called Empty Group, to which you can add users and use the full list of P2P-based chat commands described below.

Important: Always make sure you are using the latest version of Skype. Some of these commands may not be supported in older versions.

You don’t need to use square brackets around your text after the command. For example, the command /topic [text] would be used as /topic Today’s Meeting Agenda.

Here is a list of all common commands and their descriptions: 











Command Description
/add [Skype Name] Adds a contact to the chat. For instance:/add alex_cooper1 will add that member to the chat.






Some Skype names also begin with "live:" (example: live:alex_cooper1)

/alertson [text] Allows you to specify what needs to appear in a chat for you to be notified. For example, /alertson London will only alert you when the word "London" appears in the chat.
/alertsoff Disable message notifications.
/find [text] Finds specific text in a chat. For example,/find Charlie will return the first instance of the word "Charlie" in the chat.
/get admins Details the people administrating the chat.
/get options Details active options for current chat – see /set options below for a list of the options available.
/get role Details your role in the chat.
/showmembers Displays list of members and their roles.
/get uri Creates a URL link that other people can use to join the group chat.
/golive Starts a group call with other participants of the chat.
/info Details number of people in chat and maximum number available.
/kick [Skype Name] Eject chat member. For instance,/kick alex_cooper1 will eject that member from the chat.
/leave Leave current group chat.
/me [text] Your name will appear followed by any text you write. For instance, /me working from home will cause the phrase "working from home" to appear next to your name in the chat. You can use this to send a message about your activities or status.
/remotelogout Sign out all other instances except the current one. This will also stop push notifications on all other instances.
/set options [[+|-]flag] Sets options for this chat. For example:/set options -JOINING_ENABLEDswitches off the JOINING_ENABLED option, while /set options +JOINERS_BECOME_APPLICANTS will switch on the JOINERS_BECOME_APPLICANTS option.

The available flags are listed below:


HISTORY_DISCLOSED – Joiners can see the conversation that took place before they joined. The limit that they can see is either 400 messages or two weeks of time, depending on which is reached first.


JOINING_ENABLED – New users can join the chat.

/setrole [Skype Name] MASTER | USER | ADMIN Allows you to set a role to each chat member. A description of roles is given in the table below.
/showplaces Lists other instances where this Skype name is currently signed in.
/topic [text] Changes the chat topic.











Chat roles depend on whether you started the chat or were assigned a role by the chat creator or host:











Role Description
Admin Also known as chat hosts. Admins can promote other people to admins. Also known as masters
Speaker A member who can post messages into the chat and participate in calls.

































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