Tech Byte: How to Better Manage Microsoft Teams

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While MS Teams is one of Microsoft’s most widely used applications, not everybody wants it open all the time as it can impact system performance (i.e., having too many programs open at once may cause systems to run more slowly). In the near future additional information will be shared on how to more fully utilize Microsoft Teams, but here are a few tips to better manage Microsoft Teams in the meantime.

How to exit Microsoft Teams
  • To sign out of the Teams desktop client or from the browser, select the profile picture at the top of the app, and then select Sign out.
  • For the desktop app, right-click the app icon in the taskbar, and then select Sign out.
How to force quit Microsoft Teams
  • To quit Teams on Windows computers, right click on the Teams app in the taskbar and choose Quit. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut **Alt + F4** with the Teams window active to force-close the app.
  • To quit Teams on macOS computers, right click the Teams app in the dock, then hold down the Option key and click Force Quit.
How to stop Microsoft Teams from opening on Windows startup

There are several ways to stop Teams from opening on startup, but here is a fairly direct technique.

1. Click on the magnifying glass icon next to the Start icon on the taskbar.
2. Type “startup” in the search bar then click on Startup Apps.
3. Scroll down until you find Microsoft Teams and toggle it off.

How to remove Microsoft Teams from the Windows taskbar

The Microsoft Teams icon may remain on the system taskbar even if the app is stopped from launching on startup. Follow the steps below to remove Teams from the taskbar.

1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and click on Taskbar settings.
2. In the taskbar items window, toggle off Chat.
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