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Delete Skype NameWhen you sign in with your Skype name and password for the first time on a computer, your Skype name is stored there. From now on it will show in the login screen in the drop down menu as one of the choices. Therefor everyone using this computer will know that you have logged in from there.

If you want to delete your name from the sign in screen drop down list for the computer you are on – do the following:

  1. It is recommended to first backup your contacts (sometimes they disappear). After that quit Skype;
  2. Open any folder or Windows Explorer;
  3. In the top part of the window in the address bar input %appdata%\skype and press Enter;
  4. Delete the folder with the same name as your Skype name. Keep in mind that this will delete your chat history and Skype settings for this user on this computer!
  5. Empty the Recycle Bin.

Now if you open Skype, your name will no longer show as one of the options. If you login with it again it will start to show once more and you will need to go through the steps above one more time.

Delete the Skype user data folder

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72 responses on this post

  1.  
    admin says:
    #3

    You sure? Which Skype and which Windows are you using? Did you delete the right folder?

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  2.  
    Nandini says:
    #4

    Thanks a trillion Buddy :)
    You saved me, Indeed ! :P
    Thanks a lot !

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  3.  
    ayeshadoll22 says:
    #5

    its not getting delete what to do

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    admin says:
    #6

    @ayeshadoll22
    Hi. You will have to give much more info if I am to try to help you :). Skype version, Windows version, what exactly is the problem and are you doing everything right?

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  5.  
    bob says:
    #7

    I tried this step, it says that “The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another programme. Close the folder or file and try again”. Please help…

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  6.  
    admin says:
    #8

    Hi Bob. Please try restarting the computer and closing Skype if it automatically opens. After that try this again. If it does not work please tell me which Skype and which Windows you are using?

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  7.  
    Vondrake says:
    #9

    Hi, Thanks a lot…This method was quite easy and effective..i almost thought of re-installing just to clean up the list..

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  8.  
    arickmohan says:
    #10

    Thanks You Very Much….

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  9.  
    admin says:
    #11

    @arickmohan
    You are welcome :P

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  10.  
    susan says:
    #12

    thanx a bunch :D

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  11.  
    shupa says:
    #13

    god!! your an angel!!

    thank you sooo much!!

    have a nice day!!
    God bless :)hmwaaaaah

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  12.  
    prakash says:
    #14

    Thanks a lot.
    Thanks for the path where i can find the files.

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  13.  
    sana says:
    #15

    Brilliant ! it worked – thank u so much!

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  14.  
    nilu says:
    #16

    Very gooooooooooooooooooooooooood. I had so many prolems and i succeeded doing after trying for many weeks.
    Thanks

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  15.  
    regs says:
    #17

    I have a mac do you know how to do the same thing on Skype for mac?

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  16.  
    admin says:
    #18

    @regs
    Hi. I don’t know but this may work: try searching in Google for “application data folder in a mac” to see how to open the application data folder. And there find the Skype folder.

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  17.  
    hyma says:
    #19

    For sure, you are an angle. You saved me

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  18.  
    Chris says:
    #20

    Thanks very much – it’s great that you put this kind of info out on the web for others to benefit from. God bless you heaps!

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  19.  
    admin says:
    #21

    Thanks for the comments guys :).

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  20.  
    ramona says:
    #22

    first time it still showed the list…..after restart it worked…

    veeeeeeeeeeeerrrryyy effective…thnx a lot

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  21.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #23

    @ramona
    Hi. Thanks. I will have to check on that and edit the article. What did you restart, Skype or the computer? Because I have said to close Skype as the first step :).

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  22.  
    john says:
    #24

    admin i need a help,of skype?

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  23.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #25

    @john
    Hi. What is the problem? Tell me and I will try to help.

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  24.  
    rahmashan says:
    #26

    help me it did nt worked 4 me :(

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  25.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #27

    @rahmashan
    Hi. Did you close Skype? Did you empty the trash? It should work. What are your Windows and Skype versions?

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  26.  
    Anonymous says:
    #28

    THANK YOU SO MUCH
    YOU SAVED MY FREAKING LIFE

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  27.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #29

    @Anonymous
    I am glad :). Thanks for the comment.

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  28.  
    Krenare says:
    #30

    Thanks It was helpful

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  29.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #31

    @Krenare
    Cool. I am glad :).

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  30.  
    William says:
    #32

    Great!!! Very Helpful.. Thanks a lot…

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  31.  
    Bindu says:
    #33

    Unable to delete history 2nd time

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  32.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #34

    @Bindu
    Hi. Are you trying to delete the history or this is an error you are seeing? Please explain :).

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  33.  
    kamesh says:
    #35

    Thanks so much!! It really helped!! thanks again!!

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  34.  
    E-BAD says:
    #36

    HaTs OfF !!!!!!!!!!!
    ThnX BuDdY !!!
    u don knoв bro u saved me frоm a very big issue !!!

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  35.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #37

    Thanks for the comments guys :)

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  36.  
    Daniel says:
    #38

    I STILL CAN”T… PLEASE HELP ME… :(

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  37.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #39

    @Daniel
    Hi. Please check first if you did everything as it is described above. For example step 1 and 5. This should work on all versions but if it does not then tell me what Windows you use and what version of Skype and I will try it to see if it works with those on my computer.
    Regards.

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  38.  
    angel says:
    #40

    its really works and helpful… thanks a lot lot lot :)

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  39.  
    XAVIER says:
    #41

    Hi,

    It works well!
    Great Helpfull

    Thanks
    Xavier

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  40.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #42

    Thanks for the feedback guys :)

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  41.  
    domiink says:
    #43

    hi i have windows 7 and a new version on skype !!! i have a private skype account i dont want nobody else seeing it on the log in page i tried ur method but still dosnt work bare in mind this is a family computer please reply ASAP on the email
    thankx

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  42.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #44

    @domiink
    Hi. I just tested it one more time just in case with the most recent Skype on Windows 7 and it works. Did you empty the trash and did you close Skype at the beginning?

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  43.  
    Dominik says:
    #45

    so guys first of all i tried but still nothing worked what you have 2 do is … ( windows 7 )
    BEFORE THIS ALL REMEMBER TO CLOSE SKYPE…
    1. click start
    2. type in RUN
    3. type in %appdata%/skype
    4. click ok
    5. it will open a folder and then list of names saved in the login page.
    6. DELETE THE NAME U=YOU DONT WANT .
    7 FINALLY DELETE FROM THE RECYCLE BIN..
    8.OPEN SKYPE AND YOU’LL BE SUPRISED LOL

    HOPE I HELPED ;-)

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  44.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #46

    @Dominik
    Thanks for trying to help :). But actually this is exactly the same thing.

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  45.  
    Dominik says:
    #47

    i know im sorry but when i read it for the first time i did not get it and did not work so i just tried to clear it up bit so pls dont take me wrong

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  46.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #48

    No problem :). It happens.

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  47.  
    Ice Vasquez says:
    #49

    Awesome! You’re my hero!

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  48.  
    Miimish says:
    #50

    I love you. You really helped me. Thanks

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  49.  
    Shafa says:
    #51

    Thanks a lot bro.. All the stuff on this site are amazing. Loved it!! :) And I just had lots of Skype names because people used my laptop :D. For some people if it doesn’t work, just QUIT Skype. Don’t close QUIT it! :) Because I closed it lol… then after quitting it worked.

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  50.  
    Mevrouw says:
    #52

    I tried all the ways but it didn’t work.
    I have windows professional but I don’t know why its not working. Please help me!

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #53

    @Shafa
    Oh… I just now realized the difference between Close and Quit. Oops! In my defense I will say that English is not my native language.
    Thank you very much for letting me know. I will have to fix everywhere on the site where I say Close. It should be Quit. I am writing this down to fix it on Monday.
    Regards.

    @Mevrouw
    Hi. Did you QUIT Skype? Or did you close it? I have made a mistake in the article. You have to quit it.

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  52.  
    Sean says:
    #54

    Brilliant – thanks very much

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  53.  
    Design_sentinel says:
    #55

    cool thanks. . . :) now I know. . . :)

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  54.  
    GC says:
    #56

    Hi, I tried to delete the folder with the user name, when I start Skype again, it’s clear, but when I log in with any username, the system creates a new folder automatically and I’m back to the begining of this problem You can’t delete the folders every time you log out…so, what’s the definite solution for this problem in Windows XP? Skype 5.10.0.116

    Thanks

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  55.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #57

    @GC
    Hi. I do not think that it is possible to do that without making Skype not work anymore. This is the solution everyone use as far as I know. It is useful for a one time thing, when you log in somewhere on a public computer or something like that.
    Regards.

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  56.  
    Cynphanie says:
    #58

    HI
    How to change username in skype?
    THanks

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  57.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #59

    @Cynphanie
    Hi. Unfortunately this is not possible. You have to make a whole new Skype account. You can change your display name though. Regards.

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  58.  
    jiffie says:
    #60

    This is awesome!!!!! You’re freaking genius buddy! Thanks a lot! :)

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  59.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #61

    @jiffie
    Hi. I actually read it somewhere on the Internet, but still thanks for the comment :).

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  60.  
    Andrew says:
    #62

    Hi, I’m using Windows Vista, and it says that it can’t find the %appdata%/skype thing. Please help!

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  61.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #63

    @Andrew
    Hi. This should work with Vista as well, but I haven’t tested it though. Are sure you are typing this in the address bar and not the search bar? You can also do Start -> Run and type it there and click OK. It should work as well.

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  62.  
    Murtaza says:
    #64

    Thanks a loooot :). It saved me =P. And this really works.. Thanks man :)

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  63.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #65

    @Murtaza
    Hi. You are welcome :P

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  64.  
    Angel says:
    #66

    Can I retrieve my skype calls if not recorded

    Thank you

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  65.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #67

    @Angel
    Hi. You want to listed to old calls somehow? Well Skype is definitely not recording them :). So unless you have used some software to record them, I don’t see how.

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  66.  
    Angel says:
    #68

    Ok thank you for your information :)

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  67.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #69

    @Angel
    No problem :)

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  68.  
    rhiannon says:
    #70

    I tried it but it isn’t working ._. I deleted the right folder and from recycle bin too but it`s still there, what to do? Q~Q
    Windows xp o-o

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  69.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #71

    @rhiannon
    Hi. Did you quit Skype?

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  70.  
    omid says:
    #72

    goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
    very good

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