Set Personal options

This topic describes the Personal options window, where you can specify your sign-in settings, identify what information you want to display to others in Lync, and tell Lync how you want it to interact with other Office programs.

Set My account options

Use the options under My account to specify your sign-in address and configure how you connect to Microsoft 365.

  • Open Personal options, and, to change your sign-in address, under My account, and in the Sign-in address box, type the name of your user account. For example: .

Note:  We recommend that you not click the Advanced button, because the current setting, Automatic configuration, is required with Microsoft 365.

  • To streamline startup and automatically sign in and start Lync each time you log on to the Windows operating system, select the Automatically start Lync when I log on to Windows check box. If you don’t want to automatically sign in, clear this check box.

  • To have the Lync main window open in front of other windows when it starts, select the Show Lync in foreground when it starts check box. If this option isn’t selected, the Lync icon appears in the Windows notification area (system tray) when Lync starts.

Set your Personal information manager options

Use the options under Personal information manager to specify how Lync interacts with other Office programs you might be using.

  1. Open Personal options, and, under Personal information manager, select either Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook or None from the drop-down list. When you select Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook, the Lync search feature uses the Outlook Contact list as a source of contacts, in addition to the global address list. When you select None, the Lync search feature returns contacts only from the global address list. It doesn’t use either the Windows Address Book or the Outlook Contact list.

  2. If you select Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook, do any of the following:

    • To make your presence automatically reflect when you are in a scheduled meeting, select the Update my presence based on my calendar information check box. Use the following settings to further specify who can see this information:

      • To show this information to contacts in your Workgroup, select the Show meeting subject and location to contacts in my Workgroup privacy relationship check box.

      • To show your Outlook Out of Office information to contacts, select the Display my Out of Office information to contacts in my Friends and Family, Workgroup, and Colleagues privacy relationships check box. Clear the check box to hide your Out of Office information from all your contacts.

    • To save conversation history in Outlook, select the Save instant message conversations in my email Conversation History folder check box. Clearing this check box means that your instant message history is not kept.

    • To save your phone call history in Outlook, select the Save call logs in my email Conversation History folder check box. Clearing this check box means that your phone call history is not kept.

Set your Location options

Use the options under Location to specify whether Lync shares your location with other programs. To allow other programs to use your location information, on the Personal options window, in the Location area, select the Share my location information with other programs I use check box. To hide your location in other programs, clear this check box.

Note:  All contacts other than external contacts can see your location. For details about who can see what parts of your presence information, see Control access to your presence information in Lync.

Set your Show picture options

Use the options under Show pictures to specify whether you want to see other peoples’ pictures.

  • To display or hide other peoples’ pictures in Lync, open Personal options, and, under Show pictures, select or clear theShow pictures of contacts check box. (The default is to show pictures. Not showing pictures enables you to see more contacts in your Contacts list. Clearing this box also means others won’t see pictures of you in Lync and you won’t see pictures of sender and receiver in IMs and group conversations.)

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