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Starting Lync from another application

 

Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-20

You can use command-line parameters to quick-start Lync 2013. For example, if a user clicks a phone number in another application, the application can start an instance of Lync 2013 and initiate a call to that number.

Lync 2013 can also recognize a semicolon-delimited list of contact names for multiparty conferencing.

If Lync 2013 is configured to automatically sign in when started, then starting Lync 2013 with command-line parameters will open the Lync main window. If Lync is not configured to automatically sign in when started, the sign-in window opens.

The following table shows the available parameters.

Lync 2013 Command-Line Parameters

Extension Format of Data Action

tel:

tel URI

Opens the Conversation window for an audio call but does not dial the specified number.

callto:

tel:, sip:, or typeable tel URI

Opens the Conversation window for an audio call but does not dial the specified number.

sip:

SIP URI

Opens the Conversation window with the specified SIP Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) in the participant list.

Sips:

SIP URI

If Lync 2013 is configured to use the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, functions exactly like sip:. If TLS is not being used, displays a dialog box informing the user that a higher level of security is required.

conf:

SIP URI of conference to join

If URI is self, instantiates the focus and brings up roster-only view. Otherwise, brings up roster view but does not send INVITE.

im:

SIP URI

Displays an instant messaging (IM)-only Conversation window with the SIP URI. Accepts multiple SIP URIs specified inside angle brackets (<>) without any separator.

im:<sip:user1@host><sip:user2@host>

The following table provides examples of these command-line parameters.

Command-Line Parameter Examples

Instance Results

Tel:+14255550101

Opens a phone-only view with +14255550101.

Callto:tel:+ 14255550101

Opens a phone-only view with +14255550101.

Callto:sip:kazuto@litwareinc.com

Opens a phone-only view with kazuto@litwareinc.com.

sip:kazuto@litwareinc.com

Opens a Conversation window with kazuto@litwareinc.com.

conf:sip:https://meet.contoso.com/kazuto/7322994

Opens a Conversation window and displays meeting audio join options.

 
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