How To Make Lenovo Stop Running Microsoft Teams

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Have you ever experienced frustration with how your Lenovo laptop always keeps Microsoft Teams running in the background? I completely understand! As someone who depends on their laptop for both work and personal purposes, it can be incredibly aggravating when certain programs use up unnecessary resources and cause my device to slow down. In this article, I will walk you through some steps, based on my own personal experience, to prevent Microsoft Teams from running on your Lenovo laptop.

Step 1: Exiting Microsoft Teams

The first step is to ensure that Microsoft Teams is fully exited and not running in the background. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Look for the Microsoft Teams icon in the system tray, located in the bottom right corner of your screen. It typically looks like a small chat bubble.
  2. Right-click on the Microsoft Teams icon and select “Quit” or “Exit” from the context menu. This action will close the application completely.

By exiting Microsoft Teams, you are preventing it from automatically starting up and consuming system resources on your Lenovo laptop.

Step 2: Disabling Automatic Startup

Now that Microsoft Teams is closed, we need to ensure that it doesn’t automatically start up when you turn on your laptop. Here’s how to disable the automatic startup:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “taskmgr” and press Enter to open the Task Manager.
  3. Click on the “Startup” tab in the Task Manager window.
  4. Look for “Microsoft Teams” in the list of startup programs.
  5. Right-click on “Microsoft Teams” and select “Disable” from the context menu.

Disabling Microsoft Teams from the startup programs will prevent it from launching automatically when you start your Lenovo laptop.

Step 3: Removing Microsoft Teams from Lenovo Vantage

If you have a newer Lenovo laptop with the Lenovo Vantage software installed, Microsoft Teams might be included as part of the pre-installed software. To remove it from Lenovo Vantage, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Lenovo Vantage software on your laptop.
  2. Navigate to the “System Update” section.
  3. Click on the “Installed Apps” tab.
  4. Find “Microsoft Teams” in the list of installed apps.
  5. Click on “Microsoft Teams” and select “Uninstall” or “Remove” to remove it from your Lenovo laptop.

Removing Microsoft Teams from Lenovo Vantage ensures that it won’t be automatically installed or updated on your laptop in the future.


By following these steps, you can prevent Microsoft Teams from running on your Lenovo laptop and reclaim valuable system resources. It’s important to note that if you need to use Microsoft Teams for work or personal reasons, you can always manually launch the application when needed. Taking control of which applications run on your laptop can greatly improve its performance and your overall user experience.