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How to stop Microsoft Teams from opening on startup

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Want to stop Microsoft Teams from opening on startup? If you answered 'yes', then this guide is for you.

Teams is one of the company’s most widely used applications, especially now that many of us are continuing to work from home. And while it can certainly be a useful tool for remote meetings, not everyone uses it or even wants it on their computer.

Even if an app you don't use opening every time you fire up your Windows 11 machine doesn't bother you, stopping the app may help your PC boot up faster at launch. It will also free up your computer’s memory for other tasks.

Below, we’ll show you the easiest way to stop Microsoft Teams from opening up on Windows 11. We’ll even cover how to completely get rid of the app. Since this how-to is aimed at Windows 11, Windows 10 users won’t be able to follow it step-by-step, though the process is pretty much the same on Microsoft’s previous operating system.

How to stop Microsoft Teams from opening on startup 

There are several ways to stop Teams from opening on startup but we’ve chosen the simplest, most direct technique. Note that you can use this method to stop any app from starting at launch.

1. Click on the magnifying glass icon next to the Start icon on the taskbar.

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2. Type "settings" in the search bar then click on Settings.

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3. Type "apps" in the search bar on the upper left. Select Startup Apps.

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4. Scroll down until you find Microsoft Teams and toggle it off.

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How to remove Microsoft Teams from the taskbar 

The Microsoft Teams icon remains on your taskbar even if you stop the app from launching on startup. Follow the steps below to remove Teams from the taskbar.

1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and click on Taskbar settings.

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2. In the taskbar items window, toggle off Chat.

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How to uninstall Microsoft Teams 

If you want to completely remove Microsoft Teams from your PC, follow these steps.

1. Click on the Start icon in the taskbar then click All apps.

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2. Type Teams in the search bar. Right-click on Microsoft Teams and select Uninstall.

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3. Click Uninstall in the following window.

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For more computing tips and tutorials, why not read our guides on how to see your Wi-Fi password in Windows 11, how to find out which Windows version I have and how to check your hard drive's health. We also have productivity guides, including how to change case in Google Docs and how to enable clipboard history on Windows.


Tony Polanco
Computing Writer

Tony is a computing writer at Tom’s Guide covering laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. During his off-hours, Tony enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, reading speculative fiction novels, and spending too much time on Twitter. His non-nerdy pursuits involve attending Hard Rock/Heavy Metal concerts and going to NYC bars with friends and colleagues. His work has appeared in publications such as Laptop Mag, PC Mag, and various independent gaming sites.