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Installing SkypeMenuX

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If you have not done so, download the SkypeMenuX disk image file (.dmg) from the sourceforge project download area.

After you download the disk image file, Safari will mount it for you and you should see the folder appear like the picture on the left. If you are not using Safari or the folder does not appear, you may need to double click the disk image file.

Drag the SkypeMenuX application to your Applications folder or anywhere else that makes you happy. Double click the application in it's new location and you will be rewarded with a new Skype menu icon up the top right of your screen (where the clock. volume menu, etc. are). It will look just like the icon shows.

If Skype is already running, it will ask you to confirm that you want to allow SkypeMenuX to communicate with it. Of course you do, otherwise you wouldn't have clicked on it would you? Choose whichever of the top two you are most comfortable with and click ok.

If Skype is not running, you can start it in any way you normally would. You should also be able to simply select a new status from the menu and SkypeMenuX will start Skype for you. If you choose offline however, SkypeMenuX is smart enough to know that there's no need to go to all that effort.

Making SkypeMenuX Launch at Startup

If SkypeMenuX is useful to you, it's the sort of thing you would like to have sitting around ready and waiting. To do that, you can request your Mac to launch SkypeMenuX as soon as you login. When follow these instructions please bear in mind that each version of MacOS X is subtly different. The options that you need to choose may look different or have slightly different names. If my memory serves me correctly, 10.2 had a Preference Pane called Your Account that you should go to when I tell you to co to Accounts in the next paragraph. If all else fails, my contact details are on the main SkypeMenuX web page.

You need to go to System Preferences (in your Apple menu), then choose the Accounts Preference Pane (click on the icon). From there, click on the Startup Items tab and your screen will be graced with options similar to those shown on the right (except most people aren't silly enough to launch quite so many applications at start time - especially on a first edition 400 MHz tibook...). You may see some things you didn't know were there. Programs like iTunes and iCal have helper programs launched at start time to do things like tell you when calendar appointments occur etc.

As you may have guessed, click the [+] on your screen that corresponds to the one you can see at the lower left of this picture. Show your Mac where you dragged the SkypeMenuX application earlier and click OK.

Once you have successfully done that, you will see a SkypeMenuX entry appear in the list just like in the picture here. There is no need to click the Hide checkbox since SkypeMenuX stays hidden all by itself. Now you can close your System Preferences window and go your merry way, safe in the knowledge that SkypeMenuX will still be there for you after you next restart your Mac.

Incidentally, the Growl application at the top of my Startup Items list is also really handy alongside Skype. Skype supports notifying you of things like buddies coming online via Growl. See the Growl-Skype information on the Growl website if you're interested.