How to stop Microsoft Teams running in background after close

Microsoft Teams keeps running after you close the app, but you can change the settings to fix this issue.

Microsoft Teams disable background process
Microsoft Teams disable background process

On Microsoft Teams, the app runs in the background as soon as it starts after sign into Windows 10 (or other supported operating systems). If you try to close the app, it will keep running in the background, minimized in the notification area in the taskbar.

If you do not need Teams running all the time, or if you prefer to fully close the app when clicking the “X” button, you will need to adjust the settings manually.  

In this guide, you will learn the steps to disable the option that keeps Teams running in the background after you close it on Windows 10.

How to prevent Microsoft Teams from running in background

To prevent keeping Teams running after you close it, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.

  2. Click on the Settings and more (ellipsis) button from the top-right corner.

  3. Select the Settings option.

  4. Click on General.

  5. Under the “Application” section, clear the On close, keep the application running option.

    On close, keep the application running option
    On close, keep the application running option

Once you complete the steps, when you close the app, it’ll terminate the app instead of minimizing it in the notification area.

We’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, but you can switch to the light or dark theme on Microsoft Teams in other platforms, including macOS and Linux.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].