How to enable “Appear Offline” presence status in Skype for business / Lync 2010?

This article talks about how you can enable your Skype for business / Lync 2010 to have the status “Appear Offline”. Once you have this status, you can set yourself to appear offline while you are online.

By default presence status in your office communicator will look like as follow.

  • Available
  • Busy
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Be Right Back
  • Away

There might be times when you want to login in Skype for business / Lync 2010 but you don’t want to appear online. You would like to set the status as “appear offline”. Since you don’t have this option by default in Lync 2010 or Skype for business you need to modify following group policy before you could get this option.

The policy name is “Enable the state Appear Offline” in the group policy. You need to enable it and ensure that the policy gets applied. (You might want to run gpupdate /force after applying this change).

Note: You will get above group policy setting after importing Communicator.adm template in the group policy object.

You can also enable “Appear offline” status using registry editor.

Lync 2010

You need to create following registry DWORD and set its value as 1 to enable it.

The DWORD name is EnableAppearOffline, type is REG_DWORD and location is

My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator.

Skype for business / Lync 2010

You can enable the Appear Offline option by modifying the Registry.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync] 
“EnableAppearOffline”=dword:00000001

After making above change, exit from office communicator (from system tray) and relaunch it.

After signing back into Skype for business / Lync 2010, you should be able to see “Appear offline” status

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