Skype for Business Quick Start Guides

To login to Skype for Business, enter your access.caltech username in the form (e.g. Note that this may not be the same as your preferred email address.

The following guides will help you get started with Skype for Business:

Other tips for using Skype for Business: 

How to Hide Your Location

By default, Skype for Business updates your location when you log on from different places. You can hide this information from others by doing the following:

  1. In the Skype for Business main window, click the Set Your Location menu under your name.
  2. Clear the check box next to Show Others My Location.

Enable Privacy Mode
By default, everyone except Blocked Contacts can see your presence status. To modify the privacy settings, you can do the following:

  1.  In the Skype for Business main window, click the gear icon, click Tools, then select Options.
  2. In the Skype for Business - Options dialog box, click Status, and then do one of the following: 
  3. Click I want everyone to be able to see my presence regardless of system settings (override default settings).
  4. Click I want the system administrator to decide - currently everyone can see my presence but this could change in the future.

Block a contact
To prevent a contact from reaching you via IM or phone in Skype for Business:

  1. In your Contacts list, right-click the contact you want to block.
  2. Click Change Privacy Relationship, and then click Blocked Contacts.
    Note:  Your name and email address will still be visible to a blocked contact.‚Äč