How to Set Mute Hotkeys for Skype

Written by paul betters
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How to Set Mute Hotkeys for Skype
Mute your microphone with the press of a button. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Being able to talk to people over Skype may be nice, but sometimes you don't want your microphone to pick up absolutely everything. Whether you want to say something private to someone else or you just have to cough, having a hotkey that will automatically mute your audio is a helpful feature of Skype.

Setting up a hotkey for the mute function is fairly easy, and shouldn't take long, even if you're not completely comfortable with computers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Run Skype. If the Welcome screen launches, close it.

  2. 2

    Click the Tools menu at the top of the screen. Select "Options" to open the Options window.

  3. 3

    Click the "Advanced" button on the left side of the Options window. It is the last button in the list, and has a gear icon next to it. Click the "Hotkeys" button.

  4. 4

    Check the "Enable shortcut keys" box, if it is not already checked.

  5. 5

    Click "Mute Microphone" from the list of available shortcuts.

  6. 6

    Click the "Change selected shortcut" button.

  7. 7

    Type the shortcut key that you want to use for mute. In addition to a letter or number key, you must also use at least one of the function keys: "Shift," "Ctrl," or "Alt." For example, you can make your mute shortcut "Alt" plus "M," or "Ctrl," "Shift" and "P."

  8. 8

    Click "OK" to set the hotkey. Check the box next to "Mute microphone" to enable the hotkey.

  9. 9

    Click the "Save" button to save your settings and close the Options window.

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