How to sign out of Skype for Business and stop it starting with Windows

Once your organisation has moved to Teams for telephony, you may wish to sign out of Skype for Business and stop it starting with Windows, in order to have one less process running, and one less application on startup. Doing this will also help get into the habit of using Teams for calling, as Skype for Business won't be so easy to get to. Administrators looking for a global solution, please see here

  • Click the down arrow next to the settings cog, go to File, and click Sign Out




  • Click the same down arrow, choose Tools then click options




  • Select Personal from the left pane, and then uncheck 'Automatically start the app when I log into Windows', as per the image below. 



  • Click OK
  • Once again, click the down arrow, choose File and then choose Exit. 



You will no longer be signed into Skype for Business when you log in to Windows. 

  • If you have the Skype for Business icon on your taskbar you may wish to right-click this and select unpin from taskbar.


Should you ever need to find Skype for Business you can do so from the Start menu. 

  • If you do not have Teams pinned to the start menu, you can achieve this by finding Teams in the start menu, right-click, pin to task bar


It's possible to move the icon on the taskbar by clicking and holding, then dragging the icon. You may wish to put the icon in the same place the Skype for Business icon did reside, for ease of access.






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