Stopping Teams from opening automatically to making it go away completely, this guide will help you with everything.
Windows 11 and Microsoft Teams have a different kind of relationship than they did in Windows 10. Microsoft Teams is a deeper part of Windows 11 than ever before. Windows 11 has integrated Microsoft Teams as Chat into the native experience.
Using Chat, you can chat and video/ audio call with your friends and family right from your taskbar. If you’re a Microsoft Teams Personal user, Chat might be a blessing for you. But not everyone is liking how Microsoft is pushing Teams on them.
There are even users who hadn’t heard of Teams before and they were fine with that. And now, there’s a strange-looking icon in their taskbar and an app that’s always on in the system tray. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with Teams/ Chat in Windows 11 if you don’t want to.
Whether you just want to stop Teams from starting when Windows starts or want to completely get it out of your view, you can do it all.
Stop Microsoft Teams from Starting Automatically
If you don’t usually use Chat or Microsoft Teams and the app loading each time at startup is bothering you, you can stop that behavior. Open the Microsoft Teams Personal app on Windows 11. Search for Microsoft Teams from the search option.
If you have Microsoft Teams Work or School app on your PC as well, you need to differentiate between the two. The Microsoft Teams Personal app is the one with a white tile against the letter T, as opposed to the other app that has a blue tile.
Or you can open the app right from the Chat flyout window. Click the ‘Chat’ option from the Taskbar.
Then, click ‘Open Microsoft Teams’ at the bottom of the flyout window.
From the Microsoft Teams app window, go to the ‘Settings and more’ option (three-dot menu) on the Title Bar. Then select ‘Settings’ from the menu.
From the ‘General’ settings, deselect the option for ‘Auto-start Teams’.
Now, Teams won’t start on its own every time you start up your PC. It will only run when you either open the app or run Chat from the taskbar.
Hide Chat Completely
If you aren’t satisfied with just stopping Teams from starting on its own, you can also hide Chat away from your view.
Go to the ‘Chat’ icon from the taskbar and right-click it. Then, click the ‘Hide from Taskbar’ option that appears.
Chat will be hidden from the taskbar but still present on your system and you can enable it again at any time.
To add Chat back to the taskbar, right-click on empty space anywhere on the taskbar and click the ‘Taskbar settings’ option.
Taskbar Personalization settings will open. Turn on the toggle for ‘Chat’ under the Taskbar Items section.
Uninstall Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams Personal app comes pre-installed on Windows 11. But if you don’t want it, you can uninstall it instead of using the above methods to make it go away completely.
Open the Settings app on Windows 11. You can use the keyboard shortcut Windows + i to open the app.
From the navigation menu on the left, go to ‘Apps’.
Then, select the option for ‘Apps and Features’.
From the App list, search for ‘Microsoft Teams’. Click the three-dot menu towards the right of the app (the one with the white tile).
Click ‘Uninstall’ from the menu. Then, click ‘Uninstall’ in the confirmation prompt that appears to successfully uninstall Microsoft Teams.
Whether you just don’t want the app to unnecessarily open even when you’re not using it, or you just don’t want the app in your view or on your system at all, you can manage it all in Windows 11.