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I've downloaded skype for ubuntu, but after several attempts at installing it, and ubuntu even telling me it has been installed, it is nowhere to be found.

This either means that ubuntu has hidden it, or that ubuntu has in fact not installed it. I don't know which it is, but would simply like to use skype. What can I do to convince ubuntu to install skype properly?

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How are you installing? – Mitch Jun 24 '12 at 17:56
Have you downloaded the .deb file from official site . – atenz Jun 24 '12 at 18:09
Tell us what version of Ubuntu do you have (10.10-11.10-12.04, etc.). – Lucio Jun 24 '12 at 18:14
In a Terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), what's the output of which -a skype; echo; apt-cache policy skype\*? (You should edit your question to provide this and other requested information.) – Eliah Kagan Jun 25 '12 at 0:01

Press Super key (called the Windows key on many keywords), or open the dash. Type Skype, and you should see a Skype icon, which you can click on to run Skype.

When the program launches, right-clock on it in the launcher and set "Lock to launcher."

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