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You can search for a chat room in the Lync main window, or find a room you’re a member of or follow, by looking at the Chat Rooms view.

Note:  If a chat room owner has added you as a member, you can post messages to the room, and view history and participants. Rooms you follow are ones you want Lync to actively monitor for new activity. You have to be a member to follow a closed room.

Search for a chat room

Search in Lync to find:

  • A room you’re a member of, or follow

  • A room you want to join, or follow

  • All open and closed rooms about a topic that interests you

  1. In the Lync main window, click the Chat Rooms icon.

  2. In the search box, type a room name or keyword. As you type, rooms with names that match the search appear in the Chat Rooms listing display area.

Screenshot of Lync main window chatrooms view showing find room search results

Note:  Search results will include all open rooms related to your search, as well as search-related closed rooms, that is, rooms available to members only. To find out about becoming a member of a closed room, see Join a Lync chat room. (A third type of Lync chat room, has a privacy setting of secret, and therefore doesn’t show up via search.)

Find a chat room you’re a member of or follow

To find a room you belong to or have recently been invited to participate in or follow, do the following:

  1. In the Lync main window, click the Chat Rooms icon Chat rooms icon.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • To find a room you follow, look on the Followed tab.

    • To find a room you’re a member of and haven’t participated in yet, click the New tab.

Open a chat room

Open the chat room you found by doing one of the following:

  • Double-click anywhere on the chat room listing.

  • Point to the Chat room icon Chat room icon , and click the Open icon Open chat room icon.

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