How to Print Skype Messages
Find out how to print conversations in Skype by using a native Windows tool, a standard text editor or a dedicated third-party application.
Print Skype conversations by taking a screenshot of your chats, transferring them to Notepad, or installing a program that opens Skype chat logs stored on your computer.
- Consider asking for permission before printing conversations you had with one of your Skype contacts, especially if you plan on sharing those chat logs with a third party.
- Print files someone sent you on Skype -- such as photos or documents -- by loading your conversation history with that user and double-clicking the file to open it in the default application associated with that file's type.
Take a Screenshot
Launch Snipping Tool, a native Windows application you use to save screenshots.
Select a contact in Skype to load your conversation history with that user.
Take a screenshot of the conversation by clicking New in the Snipping Tool and dragging a rectangle around the conversation window.
Click the Save button to save the screenshot on your hard drive.
Copy a Conversation to Notepad
Load a conversation in Skype and select the messages you want to print by clicking and dragging your mouse cursor.
- By default, Skype only displays messages you received or sent today. Load messages older than a day by opening the Conversation menu, hovering your cursor above View Old Messages and selecting Yesterday, 7 days or 30 days.
- Search through your Skype conversations by pressing Ctrl-F and entering a keyword or phrase in the search box.
Right-click the selected text and select Copy Selection from the contextual menu.
Launch Notepad, right-click inside the new document and select Paste.
Press Ctrl-P to print the conversation. Optionally, press CTRL-S to save the conversation on your hard drive as a text file.
Install a Skype Log Viewer
Skype stores chat logs on your computer in a file named main.db, which standard text editors such as Notepad cannot open. However, free programs can let you view and print the contents of the main.db Skype database file.
Launch the application you just installed and open the main.db file. By default, the main.db file is located in the following directory:
If you use the Modern UI version of the Skype application under Windows 8 or 10, you can find the main.db file in the following directory: C:\Users\YourWindowsUsername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp\Localstate\YourSkypeUsername
Load the conversation you want to print and press Ctrl-P.