Skype for Business (Lync) Skype for Business (Lync)

Main Window

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+1 Move to the Contacts list tab
Ctrl+2 Move to the persistent chat tab
Ctrl+3 Move to the Conversation list tab
Ctrl+4 Move to the Phone tab
Alt+Space Open the System menu. Alt opens the menu bar
Alt+F Open the File menu
Alt+M Start Meet Now
Alt+T Open the Tools menu
Alt+H Open the Help menu

Instant Messaging

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift+M Focus to your IM input area.
Shift+Enter Add line break
Ctrl+A Select all content
Ctrl+B Format bold
Ctrl+L Format italic
Ctrl+U Format underline
Ctrl+Shift+F Change Font Color
Alt+P Open a file that’s been received.
Alt+D Decline a file that’s been sent.
Ctrl+Z / Ctrl+Y Undo / Redo
Ctrl+X / Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V Cut/ Copy/ Paste
F12 Save the IM conversation.
F5 For Video - Switch to Full Screen
Esc For Video - Exit full-screen video.
Ctrl+Shift+O For Video - Toggle Pop-Out Gallery
Ctrl+Shift+L For Video - Lock video for everyone in the meeting

The Rest

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+1 / Ctrl+Shift+1 In Main Window - As a delegate, transfer a call to someone else’s work number
Ctrl+Shift+T in Calls - Transfer: Open the contact picker during a peer-to-peer call. (Not available in Lync Basic or with all Office 365 subscriptions.)

Conversation window

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Alt+C Accept any of the invite notifications
Alt+L Ignore any of the invite notifications
Alt+S Save as for files sent in Conversation Window
Alt+V Invite a contact to an existing conversation.
Alt+R Rejoin audio in a meeting.
Alt+F4 Close the Conversation window
Ctrl+S Save the contents of IM history
Ctrl+W Show/ hide instant message area
Ctrl+F Send File
Ctrl+N Take Notes with OneNote
Ctrl+R Show/ hide the participant list.
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Arrow Right / Arrow Left Navigate right /left to the next element in the Conversation window
Ctrl+Shift+Enter Add video/end video.
Ctrl+Shift+H Hold or resume an ongoing audio conversation.
Ctrl+Shift+I Mark conversation Important
Ctrl+Shift+Y Show or hide the sharing stage
Ctrl+Shift+P Switch to compact view
Ctrl+Shift+K Switch to content-only view
Ctrl+Enter Add audio/end audio


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
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Win+Shift+O Accept an incoming invite notification
Win+Esc Decline an invite notification
Win+F4 Mute/unmute audio
Win+F5 Turn camera on/off
Ctrl+Shift+Space Put focus on the application sharing toolbar
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 Open the main window and put focus in the search box.
Ctrl+Alt+Space Take back control when sharing your screen
Ctrl+Shift+S Stop sharing your screen.

Tabbed conversations

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift+T Set focus on tab item in tabbed conversation view
Ctrl+Tab / Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switch to the next tab / switch to previous tab
Ctrl+19 Switch to a specific tab number and put keyboard focus in that conversation. Ctrl+1.
Ctrl+O Undock/dock conversation from/to the tab window
Esc Close a tab.
Alt+Space Open tab window’s system menu

Conversation Environment

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Delete Delete selected items
Home / End Move top / move to bottom of list
Page Up / Page Down Move one page up / move one page down
Arrow Up Move up / move down in conversation.

Contacts list

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Delete Delete the selected custom group or contact.
Alt+Arrow Up / Alt+Arrow Down Move the selected group up/down
Alt+Enter On the shortcuts menu - open the selected contact or group contacts card
Space Collapse or expand the selected group
Shift+Delete Remove the selected contact from the Contacts list

PowerPoint Sharing

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Tab With slide in focus - Access controls (Prev arrow, Next arrow, Thumbnails, and Notes)
Arrow Right / Arrow Left With slide in focus - Move to previous slide / next slide (or next click)
Left /Arrow Right With thumbnails in focus - Move to next/ move to previous thumbnail
Home / End With thumbnails in focus - Move to first / move to last slide thumbnail

Call Control

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift+D Display the Dial pad
Alt+Q End a call
Ctrl+Shift+H Put a call on hold

Conversation or Meeting Stage

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Alt+T Stop sharing.
Ctrl+Shift+E Manage presentable content.
Ctrl+Shift+Y Show or hide the sharing stage.
Ctrl+Shift+A Force pending L1 alert into view in full screen.
Ctrl+Shift+J Switch to speaker view.
Ctrl+Shift+L Switch to gallery view.
Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Right / Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Left Tab out of the sharing region in a forward direction, and/or tab out of the sharing region in a backward direction.
F5 Switch to Full Screen
Esc Exit full-screen video.