How to Mute Someone in Skype
By James T Wood
Skype is a Voice over Internet Protocol service that allows you to make voice and video calls over the Internet. Because of the variety of conditions that might exist on the other side of a Skype call, you might get excess noise and want to mute someone with whom you're talking. Skype provides both automatic and manual control for the microphone and speaker volume so that you can adjust what you're hearing in a call.
Look at the bottom of the call window when you're in a Skype call. On the left you see an "End Call" button and then moving to the right is a button to mute your own microphone, then a button to adjust the volume on your computer.
Click on the volume button and then drag the volume slider to the bottom to mute someone in a call in Skype.
Ask someone to click the mute button for her microphone if you have a multi-person call and you just want one person to be muted. This can be helpful if one person has a lot of ambient noise that's interfering with the call quality.
- Click on the icon with the five bars on the right bottom of the call window -- the "Call Settings" button. Put a check in the box under the volume slider to allow Skype to automatically adjust the levels. Note that if you have a lot of ambient noise, this can result in Skype muting your mic and speakers.
James T Wood is a teacher, blogger and author. Since 2009 he has published two books and numerous articles, both online and in print. His work experience has spanned the computer world, from sales and support to training and repair. He is also an accomplished public speaker and PowerPoint presenter.