Appear Offline Status On Lync Client

Hi Readers,

Today I am sharing a TIP on how to show Appear Offline Status on Lync Client:


On the machine where Lync Client is installed, open registry editor

1. Run Regedt32

2.  Go to Path “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator”

3. Create a Dword EnableAppearOffline

4. Set the Decimal Value to 1.

Now When you can relaunch Lync & you will see the Appear Offline status in status list 🙂


Tech Wizard




10 thoughts on “Appear Offline Status On Lync Client

  1. Does not work for Lync 2013. There you need
    Reg Add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync” /V “EnableAppearOffline” /D 1 /T REG_DWORD /F

  2. hi
    i dont get the option HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator
    but i am able to navigate till HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft and after that i dont find Lync nor Communicator but in our environment i have Lync 2013 client installed
    can u help me pls… 🙂

    • Hello,
      Firstly, my thanks to the writer of this piece. It helps – for me it needs a little tweaking though. I have same issue as coolboy. Tried the solution given by Alginald but did not work for me. As a workaround, I CREATED the missing sub-keys which in this case are ….\Office\15.0\Lync then add the dword. Restart Lync and there it is ! 🙂

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