Fast And Easy Way To Print, Save, Or Record A Skype Conversation Or Video

Note: Since writing this article, I have received a lot of great feedback and additional tips.

I recently added several updates to the bottom of the post that covers some additional questions and tips that I have received from readers. Be sure to read to the bottom of the post to see if those answer your questions.

If you have a suggestion that could help others, be sure to add a comment!

I find Skype to be one of the most useful tools out there when it comes to connecting with people around the globe.

Whether it’s video chat with family or using it to instant message with my development team in India, it has become a staple tool for communicating.

One limitation I have found, however, is that Skype doesn’t allow you to easily output, save, or print the communication stream.

Skype doesn't provide an easy way to save a conversation, here are a few tips on how to save it yourself. Click To Tweet

There are back-end ways that folks who are tech-trained can get to the saved conversations, but I thought I’d share a quick tip that anyone can use to save or print their Skype conversations.

To save your Skype conversation:

1) When you Skype chat session is completed, right-click on any of the messages in the conversation and choose “Select All” from the dropdown menu.

To select all of the messages in the conversation, right-click on any message

2) With all of the messages selected, right-click on any message and choose “Copy Selection” from the dropdown menu.

Choose to copy the selection in your Skype conversation

NOTE: Be sure not to select “Copy Message” or that will only copy the single message in the conversation that you right-clicked.  Be sure to click “Copy Selection”

3) Next, open Notepad or Microsoft Word and create a new document.

Create a new blank Microsoft Word or Notepad document where you can save your Skype conversation

4) In the empty document, right-click anywhere and choose “Paste” from the dropdown menu. The contents of the entire conversation, including the sender name and the timestamp are added to your new document.

Paste the content of the clipboard to your document and you can then save or print your Skype conversation

5) Choose File –> Print or File –> Save and you have the ability to print or save the entire conversation.

You can print or save your document that contains the entire Skype conversation

NOTE: One reader made a comment that you can also use Microsoft Word as the destination for pasting the Skype conversation, which is absolutely accurate. You can paste your Skype conversation into any text-based reader.

If you want to email it to yourself to be able to save and refer back to later, just paste it into an Outloook email or a Gmail email.

Really, anywhere you need to paste it that will accept text will suffice.

I know it’s not the ideal way to be able to archive Skype conversations, but until Skype gives us the ability in their native app, it’s a solid workaround that works every time.

Know of a better way? I’m always open to hearing new suggestions, so add it to the comments section.

Until then, happy Skyping!


Update 1 – What If I Already Closed The Skype Conversation?

I recently ran into a situation where I had a Skype conversation with one of my team members, where they shared some instructions with me. After I had already closed the conversation (without printing or saving it, of course), I was like “Dang…I wish I had printed that!”

So, I hunted down the way to print or save a Skype conversation even after the conversation had been closed.

It turns out that Skype keeps a log of the chats for each contact that you have in your account. To see the previous conversation:

1) Click on the Contacts tab in the Skype app. When you display the contact, Skype shows you the previous conversations.

2) Then just right click on the conversation and choose Select All. Like the tip above, it will highlight the entire conversation.

3) Right-click on the highlighted text (be sure you are on the text) and choose “Copy Selected”.

4) Follow the steps above to paste the text into Notepad, MS Word, or your email client if you want to email it to yourself.

5) From Notepad or Word, you can either print a physical copy or your can save it as a document for future reference.

I hope that helps!



Update 2 – Can I Record The Skype Conversation Using A Screen Recorder?

Another good question from a reader on this topic:

Hey Sean – What about just recording the conversation as it starts? Do you have a good recommendation for screen recording software that could record the online chat? Bonus if that same software could act as a call recorder for audio calls.


Mike H.

That’s a great question, Mike…and one that I actually do have an answer for. And the best thing is it’s a tool that works great to record chats and call on both PC and Mac!

In my experience, Snagit is the tool that would give you all these options and I think it’s one of the best tools to have, anyway. With Snagit, you can:

  • Screen record any activity that is happening on your computer screen, including Skype chats and calls
  • Record video from your webcam
  • Record audio, including the audio from either your computer’s microphone or from the system sounds
  • Trim video clips after you record them. The nice thing about this is it allows you to trim a 30 minute video call down to 10-15 minutes by editing out all the non-relevant chatter.
  • Toggle back and forth between your webcam and your computer screen while you are recording. This is especially nice because it allows you to switch to show who is talking.

In addition to being able to do all that for video, Snagit is also an outstanding screen capture tool, one that anyone who needs to grab screen captures of charts and graphs from your computer screen needs. At ~$50 for the software, it’s been a great purchase for me and I keep on recommending it to others.

If you can to give Snagit a try, they do offer a free trial. While it’s not completely free screen recording and editing software, at least you can test it first and see if the $50 is worth the investment.

Hope that helps! If you know of a completely free tool to do screen recording let me know.



Update 3 – Ecamm For Mac Can Record Skype Videos

Thanks to Dave C. for sharing another tip with me. Apparently, ECamm is another software tool that was designed specifically to record Skype video calls. They have a pretty good video on their site detailing how it works and it looks pretty nice.

Unfortunately, I’m PC-based, so I can’t test it out.

I’d love to hear whether others have had good experiences using ECamm on their Mac for recording Skype conversations. Leave a comment if you have some experience with the software.



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  1. Midsummer100 says:

    I can’t get this to work…. When I right click the option to select all is not there. If I CTRL A it doesn’t select all…

  2. This was helpful. Thanks a lot. It would have been even better if the chat was saved in Skype format as it gets saved in text format only. But anyway its better than losing chat history. Thanks again.

  3. Melanie Carlson says:

    You can also paste it into Word.

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