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Change Skype For Business Status To Appear Offline

Change Skype for Business status to appear offline

Change Skype for Business status to appear offline.

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.

start lync

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.

lync status

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


Confirm by clicking Yes.

registry verify

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

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.

registry export

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

save registry export

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.

open cmd with administrative privileges

Type or copy and paste the following command:

add registry key with cmd

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

registry key added

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

exit skype for business

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

appear offline still invisible after restart

And there it is.

appear offline visible

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

delete registry key with cmd

Thank you for your time reading our guide on how to change Skype for Business status to appear offline. Please leave us a comment if you found it useful.

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Until the next time – TechGuideReview.



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This Post Has 7 Comments


  2. Avatar Megan L Moran says:

    If you do this on one computer will it show up on another device? They are both under the same office 365 account but since the change is to the registry I wasn’t sure!

  3. By any chance, does someone know how to do the same for Microsoft Teams ?

  4. Any chance that more customized status can be added?

    1. TechGuideReview TechGuideReview says:

      Yes, there is. Check out this guide.

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