Back in the LCS and OCS days, you could have a status called “Appear Offline” which allowed you to function if you were online, but people wouldn’t know it.

Manually Create

  • Run regedit
  • Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft”
  • Create a new key “Communicator”
  • Create a dword “EnableAppearOffline”
  • Set the decimal value of “EnableAppearOffline” to 1

Create via .reg file

  • Open Notepad
  • Copy and paste the text below into notepad
  • Save as a .reg
  • Open the .reg file and import

 Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00