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With Microsoft Lync 2010 communications software, starting and signing in to Lync 2010 can be done with just a couple of steps. Or, you can have Lync 2010 start automatically, or possibly your support team has already set this up.

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Start Lync 2010 and sign in

If you’re already logged on to your organization’s network, you can just start Lync 2010 and sign in.

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Lync, and then click Microsoft Lync 2010.

  2. You might get signed in automatically, as described in the next section, by Lync 2010, but if you don’t, type your sign-in name. This is typically your business email address, such as

  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 2010 to start automatically

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

  1. On the Microsoft Lync main window, click the Optionsbutton Lync Options Button, click Personal, and then type a new address in the Sign-in address box.

  2. 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 2010

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 could 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 the taskbar, right-click the Lync icon, and then click Exit.

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