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.
S. Tuinder. commented
C:\Users\......\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Teams\Update.exe --processStart "Teams.exe" --process-start-args "--system-initiated"
did the trick for me and starts it minimized from a shortcut.
I guess it will work as well from any other place (autoruns).
This turned me into one of those single tear people.
We need this in a GPO and we need it fast.
March 20 - 2020
Mark Nuijten commented
My god this still is not available? How can this not be available in first version. Any corporate admin needs this kind of basic controls through GPO or otherwise
Why does Teams hijack my entire screen? I have to quit to see my desktop and work on other apps.
+1 on this. Very annoying that this isn't a global option...or at least isn't even easily scriptable. Trying to modify a .json file on a per user basis via intune management sucks. :)
Please implement a possibility to change the startup type (full, minimized)
Oh YES PLEASE. How annoying is the full screen that can reveal sensitive information.
Please provide solution (Office365 setting, GPO, whatever) to let it start minimized.
Totally annoying to minimize the app all the time. And the loading duration is long, all that time seeing the full size window.
everyday every teams-user has to minimize this app to tray, totally annoying. Ask the dropbox-guys how to start silently into background-mode, they understood how to write an user-friendly app.
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!
This might help you guys - "Use Group Policy to prevent Microsoft Teams from starting automatically after installation"
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.