How To Turn Off Microsoft Teams

p55629 Introduction 54701066ce 1092489222Feeling frustrated by having Microsoft Teams automatically launch each time you start your computer? You’re not alone. Many users find it inconvenient, especially if they don’t frequently use the application.

This blog will guide you through step-by-step methods of disabling this automatic feature and managing Teams notifications to keep your desktop clutter-free. Read on to reclaim control over your computer’s startup process!

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How to Stop Microsoft Teams from Automatically Opening on Startup

p55629 How to Stop Microsoft Teams from Automatically Opening on Startup cf542996c7 2172792797To stop Microsoft Teams from automatically opening on startup, you can manually disable it, use Task Manager to prevent auto startup, edit the registry settings, utilize a PowerShell script, or disable it through Group Policy.

Manually disable Teams from opening on startup

Turning off the auto start feature for Microsoft Teams is an effortless process that can be accomplished within a few simple steps. Here’s how to manually disable Teams from opening on startup:

  1. Access the Teams setting by clicking on the magnifying glass icon next to the Start icon on your taskbar.
  2. Type “settings” in the search bar.
  3. Click on Settings to unveil the Windows Settings menu.
  4. Navigate over to the Teams app and select Settings > General > Application.
  5. Locate and uncheck the option for auto start. This action will prevent Microsoft Teams from launching automatically on startup.
  6. As an alternative, you can also right – click on the Microsoft Teams program in the list and opt for the disable option.

Disable Teams auto startup from Task Manager

Using the Task Manager is a straightforward method to disable Teams from automatically opening on startup. This process involves a few simple steps as indicated below:

  1. Start by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Task bar and select Task Manager from the pop-up menu.
  2. Once the Task Manager window is open, navigate to the “Startup” tab.
  3. Look for Microsoft Teams in the list of programs that are displayed.
  4. After finding Microsoft Teams, perform a right – click action on it and choose the disable option from the context menu that appears.
  5. By doing this, you effectively prevent Microsoft Teams from launching automatically at every system startup.

Prevent Teams auto startup using Registry

Disabling Microsoft Teams from automatically starting up using Registry is a method favored by advanced users. It involves several steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and type “Registry Editor,” then select it from the list of results.
  2. Navigate through the folders in this order: HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Office, Teams.
  3. Look for a DWORD entry named com.squirrel.Teams.Team. If you see this entry, skip to step 5. If not, proceed with step 4.
  4. Create a new DWORD value by right-clicking an empty space in the right pane and selecting “New” then “DWORD (32-bit) Value”. Name this value as com.squirrel.Teams.Team.
  5. Double click on com.squirrel.Teams.Team and set its data value to 0.

Use PowerShell script to disable Teams auto startup

To disable Microsoft Teams auto startup, you can use a PowerShell script. Here’s how:

  1. Open PowerShell as an administrator.
  2. Type the following command to view the Teams autostart setting:
  1. If the command returns a value, it means Teams is set to start automatically on login.
  2. To disable Teams auto startup, use the following command:
  1. This command removes the registry entry responsible for starting Teams automatically.
  2. After running the command, restart your computer to apply the changes.
  3. Once your computer restarts, Microsoft Teams will no longer open automatically on startup.

Disable Teams auto startup using Group Policy

To disable Teams auto startup using Group Policy, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor on your computer.
  2. Navigate to the Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Teams folder.
  3. Double-click on the “Auto-start application” policy within the Microsoft Teams folder.
  4. In the policy settings window, select the “Disabled” option to prevent Teams from automatically starting.
  5. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

How to Remove Microsoft Teams from the Taskbar

p55629 How to Remove Microsoft Teams from the Taskbar 9f72944135 3389167187To remove Microsoft Teams from the taskbar, simply right-click on the Teams icon and select “Unpin from taskbar.”

Unpin Teams from the taskbar

To remove Microsoft Teams from the taskbar, you can unpin it using the following steps:

  1. Right – click on the Teams icon on the taskbar.
  2. In the context menu that appears, click on “Unpin from taskbar.”

Uninstall Teams

To uninstall Microsoft Teams, follow these steps:

  1. Quit the application by right – clicking the Teams icon in the taskbar and selecting “Close window.”
  2. Go to the Start menu and search for “Apps & features” to find the option to uninstall Teams.
  3. Click on “Apps & features” and scroll down until you find Microsoft Teams.
  4. Select Microsoft Teams and click on the “Uninstall” button.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation process.
  6. Once uninstalled, Teams will no longer appear in your taskbar or Start menu.
  7. If you want to remove any remaining traces of Teams, you can also delete its installation folder manually by navigating to C:\Program Files (or C:\Program Files (x86))\Microsoft\Teams and deleting the entire folder.

How to Turn Off Notifications

To turn off notifications in Microsoft Teams, open the app and go to settings. From there, you can choose to mute notifications for specific conversations or deactivate them entirely for the entire app.

Open the Teams app and go to settings

To turn off notifications in Microsoft Teams, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the Teams app on your computer or mobile device.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the app.
  3. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

Mute notifications for each conversation

To turn off notifications for each conversation in Microsoft Teams, follow these steps:

  • Open the Teams app and go to the conversation where you want to mute notifications.
  • Click on the menu (three dots) next to the conversation.
  • Select “Turn off notifications” from the options.
  • Repeat this process for any other conversations where you want to mute notifications.

Deactivate notifications for the entire app

To deactivate notifications for the entire Microsoft Teams app, follow these steps:

  • Open the Teams app and click on your profile picture in the top right corner.
  • Select “Settings” from the drop – down menu.
  • In the left sidebar, click on “Notifications.”
  • Here, you can customize your notification preferences for various actions such as mentions, messages, meetings, calls, and more.
  • To turn off notifications completely for the entire app, toggle off the switch next to “Enable notifications.
  • You can also choose to only receive notifications while using the app by selecting “Only show in – app notifications.”
  • Don’t forget to click “Apply” or “Save” to save your changes.


In conclusion, disabling Microsoft Teams from automatically loading on startup, removing it from the taskbar, and turning off notifications can help improve system performance and avoid unnecessary distractions.

By following the outlined steps, you can easily customize your Teams experience and choose when to use the application according to your needs. Remember that while turning off Teams may be useful in certain situations, you can still open it manually whenever required.