Sign in to and out of Lync Online

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Start Lync Online, and sign in

If you’re already logged on to your organization’s network, signing in is as easy as starting Microsoft Lync Online communications software.

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Lync, and then click Microsoft Lync 2010.
  2. You might get signed in automatically by Lync Online, but if you don’t, type your sign-in name (typically your business email address, such as someone@company.com).
  3. (Optional) Select a presence status to tell your contacts how available you are. By default, Lync sets your status automatically, based on your current activity or Microsoft Outlook Calendar.
  4. Click Sign In.

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Set up Lync Online to start automatically

If your support team has not already configured it to do so, you might want Lync to start automatically when you log on to a Windows operating system.

  1. In the Lync main window, click the Options button, click Personal, and then type in your address in the Sign-in address box.
  2. Select the Automatically start Lync when I log on to Windows check box.
  3. Sign out of Lync, and then sign in again for the change to take effect. In the Lync main window, click the availability menu under your name, and then click Sign Out.

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Sign out of Lync Online

Although you can close the Lync main window to free up your desktop, it’s a good idea to leave Lync running in the background. For example, if you are set up to route calls to your desk phone through Lync, signing out may disable your phone.

You have two options for signing out.

  • At the top of the Lync main window, click the availability menu under your name, and then click Sign Out.
  • In the notification area of your taskbar, right-click the Lync icon, and then click Close window.

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Applies to:
Lync 2010 for Office 365