Find your way in Lync

After you install Lync from the Windows Store, it’s added as a tile on your Windows Start screen. Select the tile to sign in to Lync. When you sign in for the first time, you’ll see an option to set Lync as a lock screen app. If you do, Lync will run in the background and display notifications of IMs and calls even when your screen is locked. Also, Lync will display short status updates on the Lync tile in the Windows Start screen.

Screenshot of the Windows start screen with status updates on the highlighted Lync tile

The Lync home screen

When you click the Lync tile on the Windows Start screen, you see the Lync home screen. Next to app name on the top is the search button that you use to search for people by name, phone number or skill.

The group of tiles on the left of the home screen is called the hub. The top tile displays information about your meetings, and a link to join a current meeting on your calendar.

The Contacts, History, Voice mail, and Meeting tiles give you access to the individual screens from where you can view and manage your Contacts list, view and resume past conversations, listen to voice mail, and join upcoming meetings respectively.

Screen shot of Lync home page

Next to the hub is a tile for each of your contacts from Favorites. Select a tile to see the different modes you can use to connect with the contact, such as IM, audio call, or video call. Each of the other default groups, as well as custom groups that you’ve created, is displayed on a separate tile, and only pictures are displayed for the contacts in those groups.

The app commands

The app commands are options for tasks that are specific to the screen you’re on. For some screens, such as Contacts list, conversation history, or voice mail, you can access the app commands by swiping in from the top or bottom, or right-click the screen if you’re using a mouse.

You’ll see black bars displayed both on the top and the bottom of the screen. The bar on the top displays the HOME button and a separate tile for each of your ongoing conversations and calls. Select the HOME button to go back directly to the Lync home screen.

The bar on the bottom displays the app commands that you can use for tasks specific to the screen. For example, the app commands in the Contact screen have options to add contacts or use the Dial pad.

The app commands in calls or meetings automatically show at the bottom of the window. You’ll see options such as adding audio, video, transferring the call or adding more participants.

Screen shot of app commands

Go back to a previous screen

If the current screen has an arrow pointing to the left, select it to go back one screen. If not, swipe in from the top or bottom, or right-click the screen if using a mouse, to access the app commands, and select the HOME button to go back to the Lync home screen.

Screenshot of the window to add a contact with the back button highlighted

Side-by-side view

The Lync window usually occupies the entire PC screen. To work on other apps while keeping an eye on your Lync activities, such as conversations and meetings, shrink the Lync window and snap it to one side of the screen. Then use the remaining screen space to open and work on another app.

To snap the Lync window, swipe in from the top of the screen and curve either to the right or the left. A smaller size of the Lync window will snap to the side you choose. If you’re using a mouse, move the pointer to the top of the screen where it will change to a hand. Click and drag the mouse down to shrink the Lync window, and then drag the resized window either to the right or the left of the screen.

Screen shot of Lync side by side view

To learn about all the features, see Help topics about Lync for Windows Store app.

Applies to:
Lync Windows Store app