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    Since the 11 update, I get frequent popups from Microsoft Teams. I have tried all of the suggestions online, including uninstalling both Teams and its associated loader, taking Teams out of Startup, and revoking all of its permissions to notify. I still get random popups as I move my mouse around. Anyone know how to fully, finally kill Teams without removing the rest of the Office suite?

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    • #2404970

      Why, after every new version of windows, do people seek ways to remove portions of the upgrade?

    • #2405001

      It should be possible to simply uninstall Teams from control panels.
      Also, if that is not aplicable, you could disable Teams opening on Windows startup.

      In the application, click three dots on the top right section of the window.
      Go into settings. In the general section, untick the “Auto-start application”. (sorry for wrong picture, I should have highlighted the line above)


      The other option how not to launch Teams automatically is via settings here:


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    • #2405006

      Why, after every new version of windows, do people seek ways to remove portions of the upgrade?

      Probably because they do not want those new features, or find them irritating?

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    • #2405013

      It’s not some freaky reinstall situation brought about by the upgrade process is it – effectively a Windows 10 item not cleaned up? (that is to say is the program back in the apps list?)

      Windows 10 had it as a new user account install item, the way to avoid it was to remove the entry as per, and due to a typo,

      Sorry I was even more beta at the forum thing back then.. not much better now.

      The other thing with Teams was (I dont use Office.. so this data is a couple years old now and my memory isn’t brilliant) you had to remove “Microsoft Teams” (for your account) and something like “machine wide installer for Microsoft Teams” from the bottom end of the uninstall list to get it off a machine completely after installing Office 365.

      I guess as an untested alternative looking at the site below you could enumerate the installed packages (Get-AppxPackage  (to get the list) and then edit, find and put in something sensible..) and maybe if its listed as a separate package, remove it via powershell? (obviously the command on this site will remove the entirety of office!)

    • #2405160

      Thanks, these are all things I’ve tried. I wouldn’t mind just leaving Teams installed except that a frequent, random popup appears wanting to ‘get me set up’. Have revoked Teams permission to notify, to no avail.

      The reason somebody wants to uninstall something from an upgrade is just as you said. I don’t need it, I don’t want it, and- worst- it interrupts the work I need to do. That ain’t an upgrade in my book.

    • #2405170

      Reading te comments here, I’ve got no idea of how big or frequent are those pop-ups, or how intrusive.

      But it looks to me like they may be just a Windows problem.

      I have Teams installed in two Macs and no pop-ups have ever showed up, so have had no such bother at all.

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    • #2405194

      I guess the other way to sort it out would be to try to configure the product though you have to have it installed and running (using up those precious CPU cycles) to do that..


    • #2405218

      I actually tried that- set it up, revoked auto start, revoked notification permissions. Still getting random popups now haranguing me to syncronize my phone contacts- not something I wish to do. CPU cycles not an issue on this fairly new laptop.

    • #2405222

      Just had the popup occur at a time when I could snip it- attached. Definitely large enough in the middle of the screen to cover up much of whatever I’m trying to read.

      • #2405345

        Interesting. I suppose you already tried to adjust Teams notifications in the settings section?
        Unfortunatelly, I never seen your pop-ups, but there are several options in the

        “Three dots” > Notifications > Other:
        Someone you know has joined the Teams.

        Try disabling this one. There are few more settings that could do the job like:
        “Three dots” > Notifications
        Try “Notification style” Teams, not Windows. Your popup looks like Windows notification.

        PS – I really understand your feelings. Todays applications can be very irritating, flooding users with unwanted junk. Teams is good for communicating, but some functions are not very good.

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    • #2405459

      Interesting- my Teams setup seems to have a different three dot Settings section. There is no ‘other’ section, just a link to Windows notification settings. Oddly Teams does not appear in the list of programs for which Settings can be managed at that link, nor does it appear in the Settings-Apps list. So confusing.

      This issue has taken up WAY too much of my time, so at this point I will say thank you to all who tried to help and give up.

    • #2405489

      Do you know which version of Teams this is? The full-blown version with Office or the stripped-down version inbox with Windows 11?

      It appears to be the stripped-down version but best to double-check.

      You can uninstall the inbox version from Settings | Apps without doing anything with Office. Since both are called Microsoft Teams you can distinguish between them fairly easily. On the app icon, the “T” is blue on a white background for the inbox version. On the Office version, the “T” is white on a blue background.



    • #2405503

      This version of Teams is from the Office 365 full suite, which I have used without this issue until the W11 switch. Alex, I do not see a link or program attached to your message, and I’d be reluctant to run an unvetted program anyway.

    • #2405504

      Ah, I see- ThisIsWin11 is the name of the app. I searched for it, but it seems to be a ‘tour of W11 features’. How would that help shut up Teams?

    • #2405626

      Thanks for that clarification. I partially mitigated the problem when I shifted the Taskbar to the left rather than the default centered. The popup now occurs on the left rather than right in the middle of the screen. Still annoying but less disruptive.

    • #2405635

      ThisIsWin11 is a very cool program and seems to have solved the problem. Confusing app title, but very much like PowerToys in previous winvers. Thanks so much for the heads-up.

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