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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #67. Stop Incoming Calls from Interrupting Game Play

Skype will switch to the desktop during game play unless you configure it not to interrupt your fun.

Works with: Windows version of Skype.

Many games run in full-screen mode and don't like it when Skype notifications, calls, or chat interfere with game play—for example, by minimizing a game at some critical moment. This problem is exacerbated if you want to use Skype as part of your online gaming activities for communication with other players.

To minimize interference by Skype with your game play, try these suggestions:

Change your online status

Changing your online status for Skype will affect how Skype behaves; specifically, whether the Skype window will open and grab focus away from your game (see Table 7-1). Clearly, setting your online status to Offline or Do Not Disturb will stop Skype from opening and grabbing focus away from your game; but these modes also mean that you cannot use Skype to accept incoming calls while you play.

Stop pop ups

You can stop Skype from popping up windows for incoming calls and chat messages, which can interfere with game play. To do this, stop Skype from running (right-click on Skype in the system tray and choose Quit). Find your config.xml file, which is normally located at C:\Docu-ments and Settings\ Username\Application Data\Skype\Skypename\config.xml, where Username is the name under which you log onto your machine and Skypename is the name that you use to log onto Skype. Open config.xml ...

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