Friday, May 1, 2009

Skype Speed dial

The problem

I recently upgraded skype from V3.8 to V4.0 just to find out there is no speed dial. This is really annoying because I have a Yealink B2K USB to PSTN box so I can use my regular phone for Skype calls. And this little box heavily relies on speed dial to make outgoing calls. For example if I want to phone the office I pick up the phone and dial **1# and away we go.

So where is the speed dial? Well, it is actually there but you can't see it - much like the emperor's clothes. So functionally it works, but there is no way to see or adjust the speed dial numbers.

The solution

I wrote a little application that uses the Skype API that allows you to extract and modify the Skype speed dial numbers. At least this can be used until Skype puts a speed dial interface back in V4!  It will certainly not win any awards but it gets the job done.

How to use it

Download the file and extract SkypeSpeeddial.exe to your desktop. When you run it for the first time it will show a message saying 'Please authorize SkypeSpeeddial.exe in the Skype interface"

To authorize SkypeSpeeddial simply open Skype v4 and click on 'Allow access'

Now you will see all your Skype contacts with the speeddial for each. To modify, simply enter the correct information and close the application.

Where can I get it?

You can download it here. It is a 250kB zipfile containg a single executable.