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How to stop Microsoft Teams from opening at startup

Microsoft Teams is a persistent chat-based collaboration platform complete with document sharing, online meetings, and many more extremely useful features for business communications. Having an excellent team space is key to being able to make creative decisions and communicate with one another.

When booting up your Windows 10 machine, you may find that Microsoft Teams is automatically launched. If you don’t want Microsoft Teams to start on boot, there are several ways you can stop it. In order to understand how to stop Microsoft Teams from opening a startup, you should read the information below, which will provide you with several steps.

How to disable Microsoft Teams as default chat tool

Microsoft Teams may be popping up because a Microsoft 365 app may be trying to use it. Normally, this is the Outlook app and this happens because Microsoft Teams is set as the default chat tool for it.

  1. First of all, you should open Microsoft Teams.
  2. After that, you should click on your profile picture at the top right and choose Settings which you can find in the menu.
  3. Then, you should go to the General tab.
  4. Next, you should uncheck the “Register Teams as the chat app for Office” option.
  5. After that, you should close all Microsoft 365 apps and re-open them.
  6. In the end, you should restart Microsoft Teams.

How to disable through the Teams app

If you want to disable the start-up settings in the Microsoft Teams app, you should follow the steps below:

  1. First of all, you should launch Microsoft Teams.
  2. After that, you should tap on your profile icon which is located in the upper-right corner.
  3. Then, a drop-down menu will be displayed. There, you should select Settings.
  4. After that, a new window will open, uncheck the box for Auto-start app.

How to disable using Task Manager

Moreover, Microsoft Teams can be stopped from launching on boot with Task Manager.

  1. First of all, you should open Task Manager. Then, you should press Ctrl + Alt + Esc, or right-click an empty spot in the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. After that, you should find the Startup tab.
  3. Then, you should find Microsoft Teams and select Disable.

How to disable through the Registry Editor

You can always modify the registry in case if Task Manager won’t get the job done. This is usually a last resort as any errors can cause issues in the OS. Exercise caution when editing registry settings.

  1. First of all, you should open the Start Menu and type Registry Editor.
  2. After that, you should choose the Registry Editor from the list.
  3. Then, you should navigate to this folder: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  4. In the right-hand panel, look for an entry for Microsoft Teams and Delete it.

How to enable Teams on startup

If you would like to set Teams to launch on boot, you should enable the startup settings in the Teams app. To do that, you need to follow the next steps:

  1. First of all, you should launch Microsoft Teams.
  2. After that, you should tap on your profile icon which is located in the upper-right corner.
  3. Then, you should tap on Settings which you may find in the drop-down menu.
  4. Next, you should check the box to Auto-start app.

How to block the Microsoft Teams Away status

In practice, this feature is pretty awful. Users are shown to be away or unavailable when they’re working. Users can’t be expected to switch to the app between work to make sure their ‘Available’ status hasn’t changed. It’s counterproductive and almost impossible to remember.

How to block Microsoft Teams Away status

To override or block the Microsoft Teams away status from being set, follow these steps.

  1. First of all, you should open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Then, you should tap on your profile at the top right.
  3. After that, next to the Available status, click Set Status Message.
  4. Next, you should type any message you’d like or enter a period/full stop if you don’t want to write anything.
  5. Then, you should open the Clear status message after dropdown and set it to Never.
  6. Then, you should click Done.
  7. Your Microsoft Teams status will not change to Away while you work in other apps.

All in all, the process isn’t as hard as you may think.

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