Fixing the Win + Y shortcut for Skype For Business 2016

Like many of you I’ve been a big fan of the OCS / Lync / Skype4B stack for many years. And as an avid user of Lync/Skype4B 2013 I would use the “Windows + Y” global shortcut several times a day.

The Shortcut

For those of you who don’t know, on Lync 2013 pressing the “Windows + Y” shortcut anywhere on your PC would bring the Lync window into focus from where ever it was hiding and place your cursor in the search box ready to find a contact.


An Example Search using the Windows + Y Hotkey Method

This was great for quickly needing to send an IM to someone, or even making a phone call without having to touch the mouse.

If you entered a name and the user was on Skype4B, pressing Enter twice would start an IM conversation with them


An example IM using the Win + Y shortcut

An example IM using the Win + Y shortcut

And if you entered a phone number, pressing Enter twice would start a phone call

An example phone call search using the Win + Y shortcut

An example phone call using the Win + Y shortcut

An example phone call using the Win + Y shortcut

The Fix

With the release of Office 2016 and Skype4B 2016 for 365 users, this shortcut was changed, to the nigh impossible to press one handed “Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 3″ combination. (Try it, I’ll wait)

As myself and many of my co-workers are creatures of habit this just wouldn’t do, it’s a whole 2 extra buttons to press!

The fix itself is actually quite simple, we are going to use a bit of software to map the old shortcut, to the new one.

Head on over to and download their installer (there are other options if you want to roll this out as part of an enterprise) and set the app up.


Once the app is installed, you can create a new script for AutoHotkey by right clicking on your desktop and selecting “New” >  “AutoHotkey” script


This will dump a “New AutoHotkey Script.ahk” file on your desktop. Right click on it and select “Edit Script”


Add the following code to the bottom of the script

#y:: send ^!+3


Save and exit notepad.



You can now right click and run the script to load it, but nothing will be displayed.


Try the “Win + Y” shortcut and Tada! Skype4B appears as expected.

If your happy with the results, you can then compile the script by right clicking it and clicking “Compile Script”


This will spit an EXE out in the same folder as the script. Feel free to add this to your start up items and enjoy the Win+Y shortcut again.

4 thoughts on “Fixing the Win + Y shortcut for Skype For Business 2016

  1. shift

    Hi, is there a way to remove the Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 shortcut completely from SFB. I have both shortcuts working now.

    1. Avatar photoJames Arber Post author

      Hi Shift. Unfortunately no.. the Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 shortcut i built-in to the Skype4B client and used by our script above when we press Win+Y. There’s no harm to leave it enabled.

  2. Raphael Jureczko

    thank you so much for identifying this!
    but unfortunately it simultaneously opens browser “”


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