One nice thing about the old Microsoft Communicator was that you could “go offline” without really shutting down.  That option doesn’t seem readily available in the new Lync.  However, some research found it is possible via the two methods below.

Note: The reg key listed below may not actually exist already as I discovered.  Manually creating the key as listed below worked for me.  Even with the key there, I still got an “Access Denied” when trying the command line.  I haven’t spent any time figuring out why.

Using Cmd.exe

The type the following command:

Reg Add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftOffice15.0Lync" /V "EnableAppearOffline" /D 1 /T REG_DWORD /F

Using Regedit.exe [edited slightly from original article to remove redundancey]

  1. Start regedit.exe
  2. In Registry Editor, expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, expand Software, expand Policies, expand Microsoft, expand Office, expand 15.0, expand Lync
  3. Right-click the Lync registry key, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value
  4. After the new value is created, type EnableAppearOffline to rename the value.
  5. Double-click the new EnableAppearOffline registry value.
  6. In the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialog box, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.

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