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Microsoft Teams is a commonly used tool for teamwork, offering features for communication, collaboration, and organization. However, there might be situations where you need to temporarily or permanently disable Microsoft Teams. This article will walk you through the steps of how to disable Microsoft Teams, giving detailed instructions and sharing my personal tips.

Step 1: Accessing Microsoft Teams Settings

To begin, open Microsoft Teams on your computer. Once the application is open, click on your profile picture or initials in the top right corner of the screen. This will open a dropdown menu. From the menu, select “Settings.”

Step 2: Disabling Microsoft Teams Auto-Start

Within the Settings menu, navigate to the “General” tab. Here, you will find an option called “Auto-start application.” By default, this option is enabled, causing Microsoft Teams to start automatically when you turn on your computer.

Click on the toggle switch next to “Auto-start application” to disable this feature. Disabling auto-start will prevent Microsoft Teams from launching automatically on startup, allowing you to have more control over when you want to use the application.

Step 3: Preventing Microsoft Teams from Running in the Background

In some cases, you may want to ensure that Microsoft Teams does not run in the background, even when it is not actively being used. To achieve this, navigate to the “Permissions” tab within the Settings menu.

Scroll down until you find the option “Other apps.” Here, you will see a toggle switch labeled “Allow this app to run in the background.” Ensure that this toggle switch is turned off. Disabling this setting will prevent Microsoft Teams from running in the background, conserving system resources and ensuring that the application is not consuming unnecessary CPU and memory.

Step 4: Restricting Microsoft Teams Access

If you want to take the disabling of Microsoft Teams a step further, you can restrict access to the application entirely. By restricting access, you can prevent yourself from accidentally opening the application or restrict access for other users on your computer.

To restrict access, you will need to navigate to the installation location of Microsoft Teams on your computer. By default, the installation location is usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Teams” on Windows and “/Applications” on macOS.

Once you have located the installation folder, you can rename the “Teams.exe” file to something like “Teams_disabled.exe” or move it to a different location altogether. By doing so, you effectively disable Microsoft Teams from running on your computer.


Disabling Microsoft Teams can be useful in certain scenarios, whether you need to temporarily pause its functionality or prevent it from running altogether. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can take control of Microsoft Teams and tailor its usage to your specific needs. Remember, however, that disabling Microsoft Teams may limit your ability to collaborate and communicate with your teammates, so consider the impact before making any changes.