How to Disable the Automatic Sign-In in Skype

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How to Disable the Automatic Sign-In in Skype
Skype combines phone calls, text messages and instant messaging in one program. (Internet image by peter Hires Images from

Skype offers many communication-related features, such as the ability to make phone calls through your computer (either to phones or to other Skype accounts), its own instant messaging system and even a way to send texts from your computer to a cell phone. If you enjoy being constantly plugged-in socially, Skype’s automatic sign-in feature probably doesn’t bother you. If, however, you want to be able to turn on your computer without logging on to Skype—or open Skype without having it log on automatically—you will need to disable this feature.

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    Open Skype and look at the upper left section of the screen. You should see a number of options, such as “Skype,” “Contacts,” “Conversation,” “Call” and more. Click on the “Skype” option, which should be the furthest left in this row. This will open a drop-down menu.

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    Click on “Sign Out” in the drop-down menu that appeared. This will sign you out of the Skype program and open a sign-in window.

  3. 3

    Look at the bottom of the sign-in window. You should see two options with check boxes beside them: “Sign me in when Skype starts” and “Start Skype when computer starts.”

  4. 4

    Click on the box beside “Sign me in when Skype starts” to remove the check mark. You can now open Skype without automatically logging in. If you do not want Skype to automatically open when you turn on your computer, make sure the box beside “Start Skype when computer starts” is not checked.

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