Global Setting for Enable "Teams" to Start Minimized
Provide the ability to start the Teams application in the background and minimized on a global scale, not only per each user's setting.
It is hard to understand that a simple feature request like starting this application minimized is an issue that cannot get fixed immediately by a leading software company like MS. Beside security/privacy concerns raised in this thread here, it is simply annoying having the application window popping up on the desktop at every startup, hiding all important applications under it. And a few additional mouse clicks that can be avoided so easily. Go ahead and make this feature active, please!
Is there any way to have teams only open in background? we are planning a group policy rollout to stop it from auto-starting in a window, but we still want it to open in the background.
Dirk Watkins commented
The "open application in background" setting does not load it to the system tray only. It still loads as a window. The startup script is:
C:\Users\****\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Teams\Update.exe --processStart "Teams.exe" --process-start-args "--system-initiated"
Could it be that it starts with Update.exe? I've tried to change it to current/teams.exe and current/squirrel.exe to no effect.
Also, I noticed that the settings.json file does not allow "true" in disableBackgrounding. I changed it manually, opened teams and it changed it back to false. Event when I change the textbox.
desktop-config.json is set to:
Otherwise, great program. This is a minor bug if you ask me. People complaining about conference room screens showing information seem to forget to boot their machines before going to a meeting.
May I know, Method of confirming Microsoft teams is enabled as startup application for all the users.
Steven Semancik commented
Sloppy. This ability is critical for many reasons including security. I don't live in teams all day and I will open it to full screen when required. I do need it to run minimised so that if a colleague needs to reach me it will notify me.
Preventing this type of application from starting minimised just adds additional mouse clicks every time I log in. This is an option that has existed since the messenger days for chat applications and really isn't a new technology or idea.
I wonder what the rationale was for not including this ability? Force everyone to use Teams as their new Desktop? Give me a break.
Ronny Matrix commented
In Teams Settings there are two options:
- Auto-start application => makes it start after login
- Open application in background => didn't notice any changes
The only thing that I am missing is the second feature. It should only create the tray icon without displaying any windows when starting Teams (manually or automatic).
YES, Teams automatically reveal sensitive information - when you login on another computer - conference room - we have the same problem here! We disabled autostart for everyone - effect 80% of employees not startig this app manually - so app is useless.
Robert Eriksson commented
This is very bad, we have like 300 conference rooms and showing Teams automatically can reveal sensitive information!!! Fix this ASAP please!
Definitively need a way for sys admins to set this annoying in your face app to sys tray!
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/8d618cd0-41ec-4599-8d62-ce0cf06a3c2a/minimize-teams-to-system-tray-after-installation-and-login?forum=msteams - We used a script to make Teams hide in the background to make the feeling that it's in the tray. Works pretty well actually.
We've stopped testing Teams until Microsoft provides a way to control Auto Launch, Start In Background, and Disabling Splash Screen from the registry.
This needs to be an option we can choose when mass deploying it. I have 1000+ PC's that we have to install Teams on. And I KNOW I'm going to hear for this. Please make generel options available for us when deploying Teams, Microsoft.
Rich Mawdsley commented
No, no I am not deploying this to thousands of users and have it start full screen, and expect them to go disable it.
As we are rolling out 30.000 win10 pc's, Office365 and running a adoption program with emphasis on Teams, this is a big concern. We are actually thinking of not pre-installing Teams on the new pc's. This is too much in your face.
Chris Traynor commented
Make this setting available on the Mac version. The hide flag in MacOS settings under users login items seems to have no impact.
When you are deploying to over 2000 machines and not everyone will have access straight away, there should be a application switch to make the program run in the background or run when triggered. Instead I will have to look a removing a registry section to stop it.
Currently, this is only an option for each individual user to set on their own. We need the ability to set Teams to at least default to auto-launching itself in the background. It's either that, or agree with the users that it's another Microsoft nuisance. I haven't found anyone in the company that actually wants it to load in their face when they log in.
should be able to script/code/gpo teams to behave as desired in an enterprise environment. Should be a productivity "accessory" instead of an in your face nuisance.
Users already waiting for systems to fully boot should not be expected to clear certain windows from their workspace before being able to get to work.
Open in background doesn't seem to make a difference. The Teams window still appears when the app is launched. Even changing the window open behavior on the properties of the shortcut to 'minimized' does not work.
That's already available at this moment. Open your settings by clicking on your profile picture(top right), click settings and then tick the option "Open application in background".