How to Disable Multi-Window Meetings in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft’s collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams, has received a number of new features in the last few months. One of these new features, Multi-Window meetings and calls, has recently been getting a lot of attention. Some time in August of this year, Microsoft issued an update that enabled this feature by default.

Many Teams users were more than happy to receive this update as it had been a popular suggestion in Microsoft’s UserVoice feedback program. As with any major software update though, some were left not so happy. Luckily – at least for now – Microsoft allows users to disable Multi-Window meetings in Teams.

What are Multi-Window Meetings?

Multi-Window meetings is a new feature in Microsoft Teams that aims to make multi tasking during meetings easier. Rather than minimizing a meeting window when opening a new chat, the meeting will show in a separate window while you handle other conversations with team members. Chats can even be “popped out” to their own separate window as a part of these new multi-window features.

Microsoft Teams Pop Out Chat Button

How to Disable Multi-Window / New Meeting Experience in Microsoft Teams

Update: Unfortunately Microsoft has removed the ability to disable “New Meeting Experience” and it is now the default. This article will be updated if a new solution is found.

In Microsoft Teams, click your profile picture in the upper right corner and select Settings.

Microsoft Teams Settings Option in Menu

Under the Application section, uncheck the last box: Turn on new meeting experience.

Microsoft Teams Disable Multi-Window Meetings

Restart Microsoft Teams. Make sure you close it from the System Tray as clicking the X will only move it to a background task.

To do so, open the System Tray, right click the Teams icon and then select Quit.

Close Microsoft Teams from System Tray

You can always enable this feature again by repeating the last few steps from above!

5 thoughts on “How to Disable Multi-Window Meetings in Microsoft Teams”

  1. help! i want the two windows gone. i forget to exit the meeting after i share my screen and i was left on a call with audio up to 30 min after the meeting ended. Microsoft teams – Give me privacy again. Plus – my bosses now can see my internal chatter when in meetings – this need to stop asap!

  2. Yeah, it’s really annoying as in addition to being annoying, it’s buggy and sometimes blocks access to the main Teams application window

  3. It seems this feature isn’t an option anymore. I really wonder what’s going on at Microsoft with these kind of odd decisions.


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