Need to have Skype for Business running while being invisible to the most? In this guide, we are going to show you step for step on how to change Skype for Business status to appear offline.

Watch this quick video preview on how it’s done and the final result.

Let's go ahead and fire up Skype for Business.

On the startup screen, you can choose from several different statuses when you click on Sign in as. While some of those could indicate your unavailability, none of them makes you appear offline. To have this option enabled we have to make some adjustments to the registry.

You can start the registry by typing Regedit on the Windows Search Bar.

Confirm by clicking Yes.

Once you opened the Registry Editor, click on File in the upper-left corner.

Like with all things related to IT it’s always good to have a backup. So let’s make a copy of the registry by making an Export.

The best place to save it is a place where you can find it, like for example the Desktop.

Now, let’s start the Command Prompt by typing in CMD on the Windows Search Bar. Right click on it and then run it as Run as administrator.

Type or copy and paste the following command:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync /v EnableAppearOffline /t REG_DWORD /d 1

If everything went according to plan, you should see The operation completed successfully.

Now we have to restart Skype, right click on the Skype icon and then on Exit.

If after a restart the option still isn’t available don’t panic. The option becomes available once you’re logged in.

And there it is.

If for some reason you have to undo this just type or copy and paste the following command on the Command Prompt.

REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office /f

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