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One thing I miss from Windows is that I always had a Skype icon at the bottom of my screen that would tell me when I had new messages. Right now, the Skype icon in the Mac taskbar only lets me click on it to change my online status. Is there an app out there for a better Skype icon or would there be a way to customize it to do what I want? On Windows, it turns gold and there's a number with how many new messages you have.

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In the Skype Preferences, under the Notification tab, you can set the Skype icon to bounce, play a sound and display a built-in visual notification when you receive new messages. Click on the "Event" dropdown to select the events you require. Is this the sort of thing you were after?

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No, I hide my dock usually to get more space on the screen (although I don't think it matters) and I would like to just have the icon in the taskbar let me know when there is a new message, for two reasons: 1. The box that comes up in the corner of my screen is annoying. 2. Sometimes I leave my computer and don't like to have to check Skype for new messages each time I come back. –  Andrew Latham Mar 28 '12 at 16:20
    
@AndrewLatham OK, so you can disable visual notifications. But even when the dock is hidden, I'm fairly sure you can still see the icon bounce. –  binarybob Mar 28 '12 at 17:12
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