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By default, Microsoft Lync Online communications software tracks where you are as you log on from different locations. The location name you specify corresponds to your current network connection. For example, you might be using Lync Online on your laptop or mobile phone while traveling or from a conference room in another building, or you might sign out of Lync at work and then sign in from your home computer.

Depending on how your organization has set up your presence information, your contacts might be able to see your location as part of your presence information, which makes it easy to tell how available you are or what kind of communication might be best at the time. Once you set a particular location name, Lync remembers it, so the next time it detects that you’re using that network connection, the location name displayed with your presence changes to reflect it.

If you’re at a new location and specify a name that you previously used somewhere else, that name will become associated with the current (new) location and network connection.

What do you want to do?

Set your location for sharing

Set your location by doing the following.

  • Open Lync, and, in the Lync main window, next to your picture, click the location menu, and then select the appropriate option.

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Hide your location from contacts

If your organization has configured Lync so that your location is shared with contacts, you still have the option to hide it.

Hiding your location from contacts does not hide it from emergency services.

  1. In the Lync main window, click the location menu.

  2. Clear the Show Others My Location check box. A red circle with a diagonal line through it is displayed.

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Share location information with other programs

Share information about location with other programs that are running on the same computer by doing the following.

  1. In the Lync main window, click the Options button.

  2. In the Lync - Options dialog box, click Personal.

  3. Under Location, select or clear the Share my location information with other programs I use check box.

  4. Click OK.

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