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Use the Personal options to specify your sign-in settings, select the information that you want to display to others, and determine how Microsoft Lync Online communications software interacts with Microsoft Office programs.

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Open Personal options

From the Lync main window, you can open the Personal options in one of two ways:

  • Click the Options button, and then click Personal.

  • Next to the Options button, click the Show Menu arrow, click Tools, click Options, and then click Personal.

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Set My account options

Use the options under My account to specify your sign-in address and configure your connection to Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

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

  • Click the Advanced button to configure your connection to Lync Server 2010. Configuration settings are normally set automatically or are set for you by your support team.

  • Select the Automatically start Lync when I log on to Windows check box to streamline startup and automatically sign in and start Lync Online each time that you log on to the Windows operating system.

  • Select the Show Lync in foreground when it starts check box next to if you want the Lync main window to open in front of other windows when it starts. If this option is not selected, the Lync icon appears in the Windows notification area when Lync starts.

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Set Personal information manager options

Use the options under Personal information manager to specify how Lync interacts with Microsoft Office programs.

  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 Microsoft 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 does not 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 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 if you want 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 logs, select the Save call logs in my email Conversation History folder check box. Clearing this check box means that your call log history is not saved.

    • To save your contacts in Microsoft Exchange Server, select the Save my Lync contacts in my personal contacts folder on the Exchange server check box. Clearing this check box means that your Lync contacts are kept only in Lync.

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Set Location options

If your organization has enabled it, you may be able to specify whether your location is shared with other programs.

  • To allow other programs to use your location information, open Personal options, and, under Location, select the Share my location information with other programs I use check box. To hide your location in other programs, clear this check box.

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Set Display photo options

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

  • To display other people’s pictures in Lync, open Personal options, and, under Display photo, select the Show photos of contacts check box. If you do not want to see pictures in Lync, clear this check box. Not showing pictures enables you to see more contacts in your Contacts list.

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Show or hide the Activity Feed

The Activity Feed list in Lync shows the latest status changes among your contacts, including personal notes, changed pictures, and updated information such as job title and office. You can choose to whether to include your information from your contacts’ Activity Feed list.

  • Open Personal options, and, under Activity Feed, select or clear the Show all my updates in Activity Feed check box.

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Set Advanced Connection options

If directed to do so by your support team, use the Advanced Connections Settings dialog box to select either automatic or manual configuration of connections to the communications service.

To configure advanced connection settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open Lync Online, click the Options button, click Personal, and then click the Advanced button.

  2. Choose one of the following, as directed by your support team:

  3. Automatic configuration

  4. Manual configuration. Your support team representative will provide you with the correct values for the internal and external server names as required.

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