How to search a conversation on Skype and find specific text in old chat threads

Chrissy Montelli
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Skype lets you search through old messages on the desktop and mobile apps. David Ramos/Stringer/Getty Images
  • You can search a conversation on Skype to find particular words or phrases in text chats with contacts. 

  • Skype's search or "find" feature will only review text from the last six months. 

  • The search function is available on both the desktop and mobile versions of Skype.

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If you've ever had a conversation with someone via Skype and later wanted to recall a nugget of what was said, Skype's Search feature helps you find what you're looking for. 

You can search through any Skype conversation on either the mobile or desktop applications. Here's how to do it.

How to search a conversation on Skype using its desktop application

1. Click on the Skype application and sign in. 

2. In the Skype application window, select the conversation you wish to search from the left column of the desktop app window. 

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A list of your conversations is organized from most to least recent in the app's left pane. Abbey White/Business Insider

3. At the top of the chat history window, choose the "Find" link underneath the contact's name.

4. A search bar will appear. Type the word or phrase you want to search. 

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The dropdown will appear directly beneath the contact's name. Abbey White/Business Insider

5. Your search terms will appear highlighted in the conversation. You can navigate between them using the up and down arrows in the search field. 

How to search a conversation on Skype using its mobile application

1. Open the Skype app, and sign in if prompted.

2. Tap on the conversation you wish to search. 

3. Tap on the contact's name at the top of the conversation window. 

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Choose the contact's name listed above their Skype profile image. Abbey White/Business Insider

4. Select "Search in conversation" from the profile menu options. 

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The search option is located beneath the "Start video call" link. Abbey White/Business Insider

5. The "Find in chat" search bar should appear. Type the word or phrase you want to search in the field. 

6. Navigate between the highlighted search terms using the up and down arrows. 

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Skype will highlight all the relevant search results from your chat sent within the last six months. Abbey White/Business Insider

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