Change your presence status in Lync

By default, your presence status in Lync reflects your Lync activities or Outlook calendar. For example, when you’re in a Lync audio or video call, your presence indicator changes to red to show you’re busy, and your status changes to In a call. And, if a meeting is currently scheduled in Outlook, your status displays In a meeting.

However, you can manually change your presence status to let your contacts know whether they can contact you on Lync. This lets you more effectively manage communication with your contacts.

  1. Select your picture on the Lync home screen.
  2. Select the arrow in the Status box, and then select the presence status you want.

Your presence information can also include a personal note that appears in your contact listing and on your contact card. Use it to give more details about your status, such as where you are or what you’re doing. To add a note for the first time:

  1. Select your picture on the Lync home screen.
  2. Select the box that displays What’s happening today?
  3. Delete this default text, and type your own note.

Screenshot of the options in the drop-down menu in the presence status box and the default personal note highlighted

If you’ve set automatic replies to be sent from Outlook when you’re out of the office or busy, the message in the automated response displays as your personal note in Lync. If you don’t want that, delete the message displayed and replace it with a note of your choice. However, doing so will not change the message in the automatic replies that are sent when you receive email.

 
 
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