How to Stop Microsoft Teams From Launching at Startup

Figuring out how to stop Microsoft Teams from launching at startup?

Having productivity apps like Skype, Discord, and Microsoft Teams can be very useful. However, it can also be a massive pain when they start up together with your computer. Sometimes, we prefer starting the day without work notifications.

Turning off the auto-start feature shouldn’t be that difficult. But if you’re new to using Microsoft Teams, it can be easy to get lost in the interface. Furthermore, there’s a bug that prevents disabling the auto-start feature from working altogether.

So what can you do? In this article, we’ve compiled four ways to disable Microsoft Teams auto-start up. Furthermore, this will be arranged from the easiest method to the more technical solutions. Here’s how you can stop Microsoft Teams from launching at Startup.

Let’s get started!


1. Use Your System Tray.

The bottom-right corner of your screen is home to many functions and app shortcuts. This is called the System Tray and is where you can adjust the volume easily and check your battery life. Furthermore, applications like Skype, Discord, and Teams are automatically moved to this side of your computer as well.

The tray provides an easy way to access your programs, especially after closing it. This is why the usual process of fully closing Skype is usually through right-clicking the Skype icon on the system tray and clicking Exit.

The System Tray also keeps Microsoft Teams readily available and can be used to access different features from the little icon. Before proceeding with this step, Microsoft Teams will have to open and running on your computer.

Here’s how you can use your System Tray to disable auto-start:

  1. First, locate the Microsoft Teams icon on your System Tray. You’ll find this on the lower-right side of your screen. You may have to click on the inverted V icon to browse through all the active background programs.
  2. Once you find Microsoft Teams, right-click the Teams icon and hover over Settings.

  1. Lastly, just click on Do not auto-start Teams to disable it from launching at startup.

This is the simplest way of disabling the auto-start function. Try restarting your computer to see if Teams no longer launches at startup.


2. Edit Your Microsoft Teams Settings.

Similarly, all the options you have on the System Tray icon are also in the Microsoft Teams app. For this one, you’ll have to modify your settings directly to disable Teams from auto-starting at every startup.

Here’s how you can disable auto-start in Microsoft Teams settings:

  1. Start by opening up the Microsoft Teams app on your computer.
  2. Now, on the top-right corner, click on the person icon right next to the minimize button.
  3. Hover down over and click on Settings.

  1. Finally, you should be on the General tab, go ahead and uncheck Auto-start application to disable the program from launching at startup.

Furthermore, you can also configure other settings here, like setting Microsoft Teams to dark mode. Feel free to experiment and look through other additional changes you might want to make before you restart your device.


3. Disable Auto-Start Through Task Manager.

Now we’re getting a little bit technical. The Task Manager is an application that monitors all application activities on your computer. This includes third-party apps, background apps, system operations, and more.

Additionally, Task Manager also has access to all the apps that auto-starts upon startup. This means that you can also disable other annoying programs, besides Microsoft Teams. It might be the perfect time to disable Skype from auto-starting as well!

Here’s how you can disable auto-start through Task Manager:

  1. Open up the Task Manager by pressing on the Windows key and typing ‘Task Manager‘. Press enter or select the first app resulting from your query. You can also use the hotkey shortcut, CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to open Task Manager.

  1. Now, go to the Startup tab and look for Microsoft Teams. A quick way to do this is by left-clicking on any app and typing in ‘Microsoft Teams’. This should immediately direct you to Teams.
  2. Finally, right-click on Microsoft Teams and select Disable to stop it from opening every time your computer boots up.

You can also look through the entire list of applications and disable other apps from auto-starting. If the problem persists, go ahead and proceed to the last method.


4. Configuring Your Registry Editor.

If you’ve done all the methods above, there’s still one more trick you can do. Here at Saint, we strive to give our readers all possible options for their problems. In this method, we’ll be re-configuring your Registry Editor.

This is the most technical step we have, but don’t worry, it isn’t complicated. The Registry Editor is like a collection of all the level-one settings that are currently configured on your computer. These settings are basically hard-coded as files and stored in the Registry Editor as indexes.

We’ll be looking for the setting that’s responsible for auto-starting Microsoft Teams at startup and deleting it.

Here’s how you can configure your Registry Editor to disable auto-start:

  1. Go ahead and press on the Windows key and type in ‘Registry Editor‘ or ‘Regedit‘. Click on the first app that’s returned by your query. Similarly, you can also open up the Run dialog box with Windows key + R and search there.
  2. Once that’s open, a lot of folders should be listed on the left side panel of the Registry window. You will need to navigate to this folder:

  1. Finally, when you’re there, you should see a file named com.squirrel.Teams.Teams. Delete this by right-clicking and selecting Delete.

Congratulations! You’ve just performed a slightly technical method. Now restart your computer to check if the problem still persists. By now, the settings responsible for launching Microsoft Teams at startup should be completely deleted.

Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, we hope to have helped you stop Microsoft Teams from launching at startup. We understand that applications that auto-start can be extremely annoying after a couple of days.

If you have any questions regarding the article, feel free to leave a comment down below.

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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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