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Skype for Business: Hide Stage

This drove me crazy for a while, because I couldn’t find the option to hide the stage in a Skype for Business conversation once I no longer wanted to see what someone was presenting on their screen – might not happen very often, but it happened enough to want to hunt it down, and it’s not as intuitive as I’d think it would be. Honestly, I expected the option to be a bit more straightforward, like maybe at the top of the screen right beside Request Control? I’d even settle for it being behind the ellipse (…) on the bottom right, but no…

To hide the stage, click the sharing button, then Hide Stage:

Hide Skype for Business Presentation Stage

Hide Skype for Business Presentation Stage

Simple, right? Just as simple as clicking File – Open – Import in Outlook 2010 to actually export a file!



Sigh… hope this helps someone else who’s been wondering where that dang “hide stage” button is!


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7 Responses to “Skype for Business: Hide Stage”

  1. Eric

    February 28, 2017

    This helped immensely! (And yes, I too am baffled by the “click Import to Export” concept.) 🙂

    Thanks!

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    • Jeremy Dahl

      February 28, 2017

      Glad it helped you, Eric!

      Reply
  2. Ramachandra

    September 18, 2017

    This saved me from the annoying Skype for Business
    Thanks very much. 🙂

    Reply
  3. chrissy

    January 11, 2018

    Hey for those this worked for what version of skype for business are you using please? testing this now i dont seem to have the Hide stage option only manage content

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    • Jeremy Dahl

      January 11, 2018

      Hi Chrissy,
      I just tested on Office/Skype version 1711 (Build 8730.2165), and Version 1712 (Build 8827.2099) – in both cases, the hide stage option was immediately below the manage content option. Once the presentation stopped, the hide stage button moved to the middle of the screen, leaving behind only the manage content at the bottom. I doubt that’s what your issue is, but it seems to still be valid.

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      • Chrissy

        January 11, 2018

        Thanks Jeremy you are correct, its me getting confused sorry.
        we already get the hide stage in the middle of the screen, I was actually after a way to remotely hide the stage generated from the presenters end.
        would like a way to hide the stage so a client in a meeting room for example wouldn’t have to click or work out how to do this.
        I guess the only way would be to take control in this instance.
        Many Thanks

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        • Jeremy Dahl

          January 12, 2018

          No worries – that’s an interesting scenario, I can’t think of a way you’d be able to do that one.

          Reply

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