Skype is both for personal and commercial use. It connects people that are separated by great lengths of distances, keeps communication flowing through its platform, and helps businesses stay on top of tasks by connecting team members, clients, and partners, through its video and voice conferencing features.
With all the good that Skype is, we just can’t avoid closing the program. If you’re running on Windows PC like me, then you must’ve encountered that Skype is always in the background process, hidden at the right-hand try, and still pretty much running when you’ve closed it already.
Furthermore, Skype starts automatically whenever your desktop or laptop starts-up or boots from being restarted. For me, this is kind of bothersome because it takes a while for my laptop to load and I would like to get to other things and tasks before opening my Skype.
On top of that is if you’re trying to organize your desktop or laptop by removing background processes that eat up memory and data, then there are a few things you can do about it. Skype is one of the programs you can remove from the Windows 10 start-up process so you can have a quick load from boot to the desktop screen.
1. Configure Skype
- Open Skype and log in.
- Click the menu button. Click on the three horizontally dotted lines.
- Click on settings. You should see the floating dashboard of options that will help you configure the behaviour of Skype.
- Click on General.
- Toggle off Automatically start skype. This will turn off the Automatically Start Skype. As an added tip, you should consider turning off the On Close, keep Skype running.
- Close Skype and restart your PC.
2. Configure Start-Up
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Del.
- Click on Task Manager. At once you’ll see a window with the processes and programs that are currently running.
- Click on the Startup tab. Look for Skype.
- Right click on Skype and click Disable. It should be Disabled from opening on the Startup of the boot process.
3. Configure Using Win + Settings
- Press the Win key.
- Click on the gear. The gear will open up the Settings of Windows 10.
- Click on apps.
- Click on Start Up.
- Slide the button towards the off switch. This will remove Skype from being part of the start-up process.
4. Remove it from the system tray
- Remove Skype from the system tray. This is on the right-hand side of the desktop. This will close the program completely.
- Right-click on Skype’s icon.
- Click QUIT SKYPE.
Once you’ve successfully completed the steps, Skype will no longer be automatically opened whenever you open your Windows 10 laptop or Desktop. You can do this as well for other programs that you’d like to remove from the start-up sequence.
I personally have removed programs like Spotify for windows, adobe updater, and uTorrent client from the start-up sequence so the boot time won’t take long and I can immediately get to my work after the computer finishes loading.
Restart your computer and check the start-up of the desktop interface so you can find that Skype will no longer be part of your start-up process.
With the outbreak of the internet, so many things have started to heavily influence our lives. One of those things is communication. So many programs and apps are available so we can all be connected to each other.
Moreover, we can now always be in touch with anyone, wherever they may be, at any given time of the day. Through the use of Skype, we can even chat face to face.
We rely on the video conferencing for business and client meetings, especially when it’s difficult and costly to get a physical meeting going. Whatever the case may be, the landscape of the world will continue to change, similar to the continuous growth that Skype enjoyed.