If you’ve recently turned on your computer only to find that a new program you’ve never installed has suddenly started appearing whenever you start your computer, you’re not alone. Some time earlier this year, Microsoft decided to push out the Microsoft Teams application in an update to Office 365. Unfortunately they also made it automatically start when you turn on your computer, and even a little inconvenient to uninstall.
If you find that Microsoft Teams is automatically starting when you turn on your computer, use the steps below to disable Microsoft Teams in Windows Startup processes.
Video: How to Disable Microsoft Teams and Prevent it from Starting Automatically
How to Disable Microsoft Teams and Prevent it from Starting Automatically
Disable Microsoft Teams in Windows Startup Apps
Step 1: Click the
Start button, type
Startup, and then hit
Enter on the keyboard (or click the
Startup Apps item in the search results)
Step 2: Locate Microsoft Teams in the
Startup Apps window and click the switch to the right of it so that it changes to
Disable Microsoft Teams in the Windows Task Manager
Step 1: Right click anywhere on the Taskbar
Step 2: Click
Step 3: Click the
Step 4: Locate Microsoft Teams in the list and select it (it should have a light blue background when selected)
Step 5: Click the
Disable Microsoft Teams from the System Tray
You’ll have to have a Microsoft account and be signed into Teams for this one to work. Try one of the other methods if you’re not already signed in.
Step 1: At the right hand side of the task bar, click the
Show hidden icons up arrow
Step 2: Right click the Microsoft Teams icon and select Settings
If you don’t have the MS Teams icon here, the application is probably not running.
Step 3: In the Teams
General settings, under
Application, click the
Auto-start application checkbox to un-check it.
Microsoft Teams should no longer start when you start your computer. To verify that you’ve followed the steps correctly, simply reboot your PC and see if MS Teams shows up. If it doesn’t, you should be good to go!
Completely removing and uninstalling MS Teams
This guide only covers how to remove Microsoft Teams from startup. If you’re looking to uninstall and remove it from your computer entirely, you might want to check out our other guide on how to do that. It’s a slightly more complicated process than this tutorial, but still not too difficult.