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Lync tip: Keeping Lync conversation window always on top

09/10/2011 5 Comments

A customer asked about keeping a conversation window on the top of the screen while doing another task.

There is a registry key to keep the main contact list menu always on top


Registry locations

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Communicator\AlwaysOnTop

Allowed registry values

·         00 00 00 00 – The Contact List does not appear on top of all the other windows on your desktop

·         01 00 00 00 – The Contact List appears on top of all the other windows on your desktop

Registry value type

REG_BINARY

Default setting

00 00 00 00: Microsoft Lync is not always in the foreground

The great Lync PowerShell Blog give an overview of that setting here

However the customer wanted selected conversations to always stay on top. Sure enough, once a conversation is started, there is an option to choose in the view menu to keep it always on top,

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Managing Consultant at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is a Microsoft Lync Certified Master and MVP. He is a blogger, regular on The UC Architects Podcast, contributing writer to Lync Server 2013 Unleashed and speaker at events such as Lync Conference and The Microsoft UC User Group London. He is currently Managing Consultant at Modality Systems.
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  1. Aidan says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the tips.. Have y ou discovered any option to make all conversations stay on top without setting individually for each conversation?

    Thanks,
    Aidan

    • Tom Arbuthnot says:

      You mean like a global default? No I’m afriad not. I do have an autohotkey script I use to ad-hoc choose which windows stay on top, but that’s still a per window choice. Might do a post on it if it’s of interest

  2. Alana says:

    I really wish that someone could discover a global default to force all conversations to stay on top… I keep missing messages from people — the alerts with this program just don’t work well for me.

    I really wanted Lync to be better than Sametime, but in this one catagory sametime trumps :(

  3. Jan says:

    Hi – How do i keeping Lync conversation window always on top in Lync 2013 ?

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