Customize My Locations
There is a drop down box to add your location (even says "My Custom Locations") however there is no way to Add and Customize this list so you don't have to constantly retype your various locations --- why have a drop down then??
Kim V commented
Others have said that if you type anything into the Location field and then click on the dropdown list, it will display your previous Locations.
This is not true....since working from home I have typed in the exact same location info every day (Remote (0800-1615h)) and every day I have to retype it as the dropdown does not show my previous entry - it just shows "Remote" on the list but I am required to enter my availability hours which I have to add back in every single day.
I wish there was a way to save your customized locations.
We should be able to add a location to set your location.
Here is is 2020, with massive people trying to work from home and other locations, and this is still a problem. Terrible waste of time. I have tried to use this for attendance with location during this COVID hysteria, and it does not function. VERY ANNOYING.
Would be great if I had the option to add multiple locations and store these locations for use since I work from different locations daily. It would be nice to not have to type these in everyday...
Count me for wanting the ability to easily refer to a list of previous locations. It would simplify using SKYPE FOR BUSINESS.
Backspace over what you typed in and press the drop down. You should then see a list that shows custom locations, containing the ones you previously typed in. At least that is how mine is working. If the field contains something I typed in (and did not select from the list), I do not see the list as an option in the drop down.
But as long as I backspace over the typed entry, I see custom locations and can select something.
Mark D. MacLachlan commented
I found this setting in the registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync\EndPointLocation.
I was thinking i should be able to make a PowerShell script to change the registry to whatever I want. Manually tried it first and Skype ignores the registry even after closing both Outlook and Skype. This just sucks! Quality control at Microsoft has truly taken a hit and been replaced with eye candy like changing the icons for O365. Way to set priorities Microsoft team.
I have no problem with it showing me away but the amout of time away is not needed. I want to control this. I can be at my dest just not using my computer and others think I'm not at my desk when I am just not computing... I want to remove the amount if away time.
I do have a drop-down list, but no way of editing locations entered.
What AndyS describes does not happen for me. I don't get a populated list of locations after typing anything into the location field. If I type one letter and click the dropdown, it only shows that one letter in the list.
If you type anything into the Location field and then click on the dropdown list, it will display your previous Locations. So you can just type a single character, e.g. "A" and your dropdown list is populated.
Obviously this is a bit convoluted, but it gets the desired results.
That said, I agree that Microsoft should really get the dropdown to function correctly.
Thomas Huggins commented
This is a very inefficient waste of my time to input my location every day. Shame on you Microsoft for not responding to your users. I'll just be happy when the world goes completely Linux based like Android, and defunct Microsoft programs are no longer a nuisance on my desktop.
Sally Wright commented
it says I can give a name to my custom locations but it doesn't say how to. There are no context-sensitive menus when I right-click. There are no save or name options in the drop-down menu. What does that comment mean?
I agree 100%, Microsoft has dropped the ball on this. It's been ask for 3 years.,
Anno Niemus commented
Clicking the "Set Your Location" drop-down button displays a list with a single entry: an enabled "Show Others Your Location" SETTING.
Clicking the "Set Your Location" entry displays an empty text box. While the empty text box is displayed, clicking the "Set Your Location" drop-down button now displays a list with several entries: an enabled "Show Others Your Location," a "My Custom Locations" separator followed by previously established locations (Home, Work) and finally a "Remove All Custom Locations" ACTION.
This violates Microsoft's own guidelines on drop-down lists:
• Don't use the change of a drop-down list or combo box to:
- Perform commands.
- Display other windows, such as a dialog box to gather more input.
- Dynamically display other controls related to the selected control (screen readers cannot detect such events).
This is strangely awkward and causes me to wonder how this behavior passed acceptance testing. When I click "Set Your Location," I expect to see only my saved locations.
Luis Borgen commented
So terrible of Microsoft not to jump in here and provide proper steps to add locations. Mark Grafing's recommendation on June 08, 2017 didn't work for me as it makes no difference if I am on VPN or at the office using the corporate LAN.
After like everyone else updating location over and over and not showing previous locations SfB should have saved I noticed the following:
1.- At the location drop down, when I unselect "Show others my location", suddenly my previous locations showed up. So I can just click on the one I am at.
2.- After selecting my location I select back the "Show others my location" and I am back showing the correct location.
- SfB is supposed to detect the IP assigned to you when you connect to the network and then show the location based on it. So if I am at the office it automatically selects my office location.
- I need to test it when I get out of the office and I launch the VPN to see if it lets me add the new location (Home for example) without loosing my office location information. I will do so by unselecting and then selecting back after the change/update, the "Show others my location".
- Under VPN connection if launching the VPN at Window's start up SfB may not be able to detect the IP assigned by the local router/ISP so, hopefully the VPN concentrator gives different IP and one can just select the one needed.
WARNING TO MICROSOFT: (Nor sure if MS will read this but it is worth trying, so here it is anyways). Microsoft, Location information is used not just for others to see where I am at but for E-911 so First Responders know where you are in the event of an emergency, one dials 911 form the SfB and can't speak due to threats at the location.
If anyone has a situation like this and lives are lost due to inability to send location information to PSAP (Public-Safety Answering Point. AKA 911 operator for Police, Fire & Medical centers).
So a multimillion Dollars lawsuit against Microsoft for this issue would be a wake up call.
Microsoft, please fix this issue as it has been lingering for a couple of year with no clear resolution. We shouldn't have to get VoIP engineers to figure out a work around (I am not one BTW).
i have another issue, for no reason the location is cleared
I type it in since the pulldown is useless
then later in the day it is gone
i miss msn or live
Microsoft did it again and killed a perfectly working application
Mark's solution below worked for me! I'm on Windows 7. Click the wifi icon on the bottom right of your screen, right click the VPN, select Properties, select Networking tab, double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), click Advanced, deselect "Use default gateway on remote network". This turns on split tunnel routing. Thanks Mark!!!
Mark Grafing commented
I had the same issue but it was because of my VPN settings. If you are having that issue turn on split tunnel routing. Go to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections and find your VPN connection and modify the Networking--> Internet Protocol Version 4 settings --> Properties and select the Advanced button and uncheck the "Use default gateway on remote network" and reconnect to VPN and your settings should allow you to modify them. NOTE*** I am on Windows 20 Pro and Office 365. I hope this helps.
I am seeing the same behavior, but only when I am on the VPN. When I am on the VPN I am not able to set my location. Before I logged onto the VPN, Skype automatically logged in and I was able to set my location. As soon as I got on the VPN my location reset itself to 'Set your location'. Selecting a location from the list does nothing. Entering a new custom location leaves the field as editable. Was a solution ever provided for this?