Today we are going to have a look at Skype. Skype is a fantastic piece of software that allows you to make video calls with someone anywhere in the world for free. To use Skype you will need a webcam (most laptops have these built in), speakers and a microphone. So lets take a look at how you set this up. This tutorial uses Windows XP but the steps work on all Windows based operating systems.
First thing to do is to download Skype. If this is your first time using Skype you will be asked to create an account. Make your username unique and your password memorable. Once your account is set up double click your download to start the installation.
On the first page pick your language and then click next. On the following page you are asked about Skype Click to call. Unless you have signed up for this uncheck the box and click continue. Your installation will now start.
Once installed you will be taken to the sign in screen. Enter your details that you created earlier and make sure you tick the “Sign me in when Skype starts box”.
Next Skype will get you to test your speakers and microphone. Click “Test sound” under your speakers and you should hear a test sound. If not check your speakers are turned on and plugged in. Next click ‘Video’. You should see yourself on the screen. If not again check the connection and power. Adjust the microphone setting to the the sound level you require.
On the next page you will be asked if you want to add a profile picture. Your choice if you want to or not. And that is it. Skype has been successfully installed.
Now we have to find people to talk to!! The best way to do this is to use the search function on the top left of the screen. Type in a name and Skype will display the people with that name. You just pick your friends and add them as a contact. To call a friend right click them in your contact list and then choose call.
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