Prevent Teams from opening in the browser and open it in the app instead

In this article, we will show you how create links to all open Microsoft Teams items directly in the Teams desktop app instead of the browser. Microsoft Teams is supported on all platforms, including browser. Some PC users still want to use the app, but when they link on the PC, it opens Teams in the browser. This also means they will need to sign in with their Microsoft account etc. It’s a bit annoying, but you can prevent Teams from opening in the browser and open it in the app instead.

Why does the Teams link open in the browser and not in the app?

The answer is simple, it’s a link, and browsers are designed to handle such requests. When you click on a link, the operating system sends it to the default browser to handle it. However, the operating system can also send the link to another application if it is registered to manage it. This is what we need to change.

Prevent Teams from opening in the browser and open it in the app instead

In addition to Teams links being clicked on outside of the app, some users are also reporting Teams app links opening in the browser. This is a problem, and we will offer solutions that will help solve it.

open Microsoft Teams browser prompt

  • Open the team link so that it opens in the browser
  • You should get a prompt asking you to download Teams, continue in browser, or open Teams
  • Select Open Teams and a popup should appear
    • Check the box next to Always allow teams.microsoft.com to open such links in the associated app
    • Click Open Microsoft Teams
  • The next time you open a Microsoft Team link that opens in the browser, it will be redirected to the Teams app.

If you don’t see this option, follow the steps below to reset the app link association.

browser settings open the teams app

  • Open Edge Browser and go to Settings
  • In the search box, type Teams
  • Localize search results for app links
  • It should say— https://teams.microsoft.com | Automatically open ms-windows-store links.
  • Look for a delete button next to it and click on it.
  • Open any team link in the browser again and you should see the prompt this time.

How to open files in tab instead of app?

Microsoft Teams is able to open files within the app. This will allow you to preview the content without launching it in a specific application. If this is how it works on your PC, right-click the file, expand the Open In menu, and select Teams. Click the Change Default menu and select Teams to change the default behavior. If you want to open it in the app, you can always select the option available in the menu.

To fix: Arrow keys not working in Teams

How do I disable Microsoft Teams autostart?

Open the Teams app, click the three-dot menu, then click Settings. Uncheck the Autostart application. This will ensure that the application does not start on its own. You can also choose to disable it from running in the background.

Prevent Teams from opening in the browser and open it in the app instead

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