Microsoft Teams has become a useful and popular app for video calls lately. If you’ve had to install Microsoft Teams then you might have noticed that it launches itself every time you startup your computer. This is useful for heavy Teams users but is an unwelcome distraction for people who only use Teams occasionally. Read on to see how to change this.
Why Does This Happen
Whenever you install an app it will often come with a set of “Preferences” or “Settings” that the app provider thinks will be most useful to most users. These preferences are based upon how the app provider thinks the app will be used and are designed to make things quicker and easier for the user. Unfortunately, not everyone uses apps in the way the app developer predicts so these preferences may not suit everyone. Fortunately, it’s often easy to modify the preferences to meet your own requirements.
Stop Teams from Launching at Startup
To stop Microsoft Teams from launching every time you start your computer you need to modify the Teams app settings as follows.
First, click on your account icon at the top right corner of the screen (this will either be your photo or a circular icon with your initials in it).
From the drop down menu, click on Settings
In the General section, look for the option called Auto-start application.
Auto-start application will be selected (ticked) by default. Untick this option so that it is no longer selected.
Now close the Settings window and close Microsoft Teams.
Next time you start your computer, Teams will NOT start automatically. To start Teams manually, simply double-click on the Teams icon.
Microsoft Teams is one of those apps that stays open in the background once it has been started up. This is by design – if someone wants to call you on Teams then the app needs to be running for you to receive the call. You can see this by looking at the Taskbar icons after running and “closing” the Teams window – you can see that Teams is still there in the Taskbar even though the Teams window in no longer open.
If you are a casual Teams user, however, you may prefer to completely close Teams when you are not using it, and only be available for Teams calls when you choose.
To do this you need to close the app completely. You can do this by RIGHT-clicking on the Teams icon on the Taskbar. You will see a popup menu as shown
Select Quit to completely close the Teams app until next time you wish to use it.
Do not select Sign out. If you do this you will need to enter your Teams username and password next time you open the Teams app.