How to Remove Microsoft Teams from Startup

If you’ve recently turned on your computer only to find that a new program suddenly 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 don’t plan on using Microsoft Teams then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’ll show you three different ways that you can remove Microsoft Teams from startup on your Windows PC.

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How to Remove Microsoft Teams from Startup

There’s a few different ways that you can remove Microsoft Teams from startup on Windows. Below, we’ll show you the three most common methods for disabling the application on startup.

Method 1: Disable Microsoft Teams in Windows Startup Apps

  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
  2. Locate Microsoft Teams in the Startup Apps window and click the switch to the right of it so that it changes to Off.
    Microsoft Teams in Windows 10 Startup Apps

Method 2: Disable Microsoft Teams in the Windows Task Manager

  1. Right click anywhere on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
    Task Manager in Taskbar Right Click Menu
  2. In Task Manager, click the Startup tab.
    Task Manager Startup Tab
  3. Locate Microsoft Teams in the list and select it (it should have a light blue background when selected).
    Task Manager Microsoft Teams selected
  4. Click the Disable button.
    Task Manager Disable button

Method 3: 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.

  1. At the right hand side of the task bar, click the Show hidden icons up arrow.
    Windows 10 Task Bar Show hidden icons
  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.
    Windows 10 System Tray Microsoft Teams Settings
  3. In 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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