Skype enables you to chat with people all around the world, initiate audio-only or video and audio calls, and call other Skype users, cell phones and landlines. Although calling other Skype users is free, you need to purchase Skype credit in order to call cell phones and landlines. To use Skype on your computer, first create a Skype account. Signing up takes just a few minutes, and you can be sure that your data will remain secure, because Skype doesn't pass your information on to third parties.

Step 1

Navigate to the "Download Skype on Your Computer" Web page (link in Resources), and then click the "Get Skype for Windows desktop" button.

Step 2

Save the installer on your computer, and then double-click it after the download is complete. Follow the instructions on your screen to install Skype on your Windows computer.

Step 3

Launch Skype, and then click the "Create an Account" link. The "Create an Account or Sign In" page opens in your default Web browser.

Step 4

Fill out the form with your information. Only your first and last name, email address, Skype name and password fields are mandatory.

Step 5

Type the text you see in the image into the "Type the Text Above Here" field to verify you are a human, and then click the "I Agree - Continue" button.

Step 6

Make Skype the active window, and then click the "Skype Name" button.

Step 7

Type the Skype name you selected when you created your account into the Skype Name field and the correct password into the Password field, and then click "Sign In" to start using Skype.