How to Disable Microsoft Teams in Windows Startup

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)

Windows 10 Start Menu Startup Apps

Step 2: Locate Microsoft Teams in the Startup Apps window and click the switch to the right of it so that it changes to Off

Windows 10 Startup Apps Window Microsoft Teams Disable

Disable Microsoft Teams in the Windows Task Manager

Step 1: Right click anywhere on the Taskbar

Taskbar Right Click Menu

Step 2: Click Task Manager

Task Manager in Right Click Menu

Step 3: Click the Startup tab

Task Manager Startup Tab

Step 4: Locate Microsoft Teams in the list and select it (it should have a light blue background when selected)

Task Manager Microsoft Teams selected

Step 5: Click the Disable button

Task Manager Disable button

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

Windows 10 Task Bar Show hidden icons

Step 2: Right click the Microsoft Teams icon and select Settings

Windows 10 System Tray Microsoft Teams 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 General Settings disable Auto-start checkbox

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.

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