Use Office Communicator in ‘Invisible’ mode

Most of us use Microsoft Office Communicator at work. There could be various occasions when one might have wanted to be online but invisible to contacts. I bet the ‘Managers’ want this badly.

Well, there’s a way to enable the ‘Invisible’ mode in the communicator. It works by adding/modifying a couple Windows Registry Values. Here are the steps:

1. Open windows Registry editor: Start -> Run -> regedit.exe.

2. Expand \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator. Here add or modify (if it already exists) key by name `EnableAppearOffline’, and set its value to 1 (type double word).

3. Similary expand \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator and add or modify (if it already exists) key by name `EnableAppearOffline’, and set its value to 1 (type double word).

4. Restart communicator if running and Check and set your status to Offline using ‘Appear Offline’ option.

The registry can also be modified using a .reg script.

Hope it helps (those who need it ;-))

Cheers!!!

KTHXBYE

UPDATE: If the Communicator folder doesn’t exist, create the same in regedit.

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5 comments

  1. Pathfinder · · Reply

    Awesome, works like a charm

  2. sleepy@work · · Reply

    It works, thanks! 🙂

  3. Thanks, it works!!

  4. I have got Windows 7 and I did not have Communicator key. So I created one and added REG_DWORD then modified name as EnableAppearOffline and set it to 1.
    Restarted Office Communicator after existing it from system tray. Launched again but do not see AppearOffline option in Sign in as.

    Please help.
    Lata

    1. Are you able to change status to ‘Offline’ after you login?

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