You can ditch the Microsoft Teams taskbar icon to speed up Windows 11

If you have recently moved to Windows 11 Starting with Windows 10, you may have noticed that one of the most noticeable changes is in the taskbar. Yes, there’s the repositioned Start button and centered shortcuts, but look to the right side of the taskbar and you’ll notice all sorts of other changes.

The company has pushed its own Microsoft Teams app to try to encourage users to move away from Soft and Zoomand has now added a shortcut to its collaboration platform tool to the taskbar.

While you might resent giving up space for the icon if you’re not an app user, there’s more reason to hide the icon than just to save space in your taskbar.

Drain Resources

You might be surprised to learn that as long as the Microsoft Teams icon is housed in the Windows 11 taskbar, it launches background processes. These Microsoft Edge WebView2 processes are associated with the browser’s rendering engine and use system resources that could be put to better use.

Same goes for the Widgets icon which is in the taskbar but, as a developer Michael Nihaus pointed out, there is a key difference between the two icons. While Widgets only launches processes when the icon is clicked, the mere presence of the Teams icon is enough to use several megabytes of RAM.

If you don’t use Teams, you might consider simply uninstalling the app. But to avoid the problem of having to reinstall it if you need it later, there is an alternative – just hide the icon. This simple gesture is enough to prevent Teams from gobbling up resources in the background.

If you try to right-click on the Teams icon to remove it, you’ll notice that no context menu appears. To remove the icon, you’ll instead need to head into the Windows 11 Settings app and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar, before moving the “Chats” toggle to the “Off” position.

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