How to make Microsoft teams not to open on Start up

Microsoft Teams is a prominent communication platform used in various industries such as business, education, and organizations. That is due to the options and convenience provided by this software to communicate under one software such as one-on-one chats, group chats, live meetings, scheduled meetings and to make direct calls as well.

During this Covid-19 pandemic the usage of this product has escalated and became prominent to combat the pandemic disadvantages such as frequent lockdowns etc. As most of the education and companies started using online platforms to conduct classes and meetings. Microsoft Teams can be used from web and can also be downloaded as an app in desktop.

Have you ever experienced turning on your desktop and Microsoft Teams opens automatically? This happens due to the app is still running in the background and it is a default setting. Hence, this situation is faced commonly by many, and it can be solved with a few simple steps. There three approaches explained in this article.

Disabling Microsoft Teams from the Task Manager
Changing the settings in Microsoft Teams
From the Registry Editor

Disabling Microsoft Teams from the Task Manager

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Key simultaneously to open the Task Manager
2. Then, select the “Start-up” tab.
3. Click on the Microsoft Teams from the list and click the “Disable “option on the bottom right of the page.

Changing the settings in Microsoft Teams

Changing the settings in Microsoft Teams

1. Open Microsoft Teams.
2. Select the profile icon on the top right of the page and select “settings” option.
3. In the settings click the “general” option.
4. Then, uncheck the “Auto-start application” option.
5. Close the Microsoft Teams and restart your computer.

From the Registry Editor

1. Press Windows key and R key simultaneously to launch Windows Run box. Then type “regedit” in the dialog box and click “OK”.

2. Paste the below directory in the Registry Editor’s address bar and click Enter.

3. From the list right-click on Teams’ start up file (com.squirrel.Teams.Teams) and tap on the “delete” option.

Commonly asked questions and answers

Question: How do I stop Microsoft Teams running in background after exiting the app?

Answer: Go to the settings in the Microsoft Teams and click the “General” option. Next, uncheck the “On close, keep the application running” option. This will stop the app from running at the background.

Question: If I close the Microsoft Teams completely and stop it from running in the background will I still receive messages from the Teams?

Answer: Once the Microsoft Teams is closed completely you won’t be receiving any messages until you open the Microsoft Teams.


It is common for apps and software to have issues with their performance as there are many factors that could be a cause. However, when it comes to fixing those issues in Microsoft Teams it is quite easy and hassle free.

That is due to Microsoft Teams provides a good user interface for users to navigate through their apps. Hence, Start-up issue in Microsoft Teams can be fixed with a few simple steps.

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