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Make Microsoft Teams your own! Modify your Teams settings directly in the desktop or mobile app. Change your profile picture, set an "away" status, or try out different light themes to make your account more personal. You can also switch up your call ringtone, set up an Out of Office schedule, and much more.

Open Teams' in-app settings

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.

  2. Select Settings and more Teams settings and more icon. next to your profile picture.

  3. In Select Settings and more dialog, Select Settings  .Here you can modify your settings from the navigation bar:

Screenshot of setting categories in Microsoft Teams desktop app.

Update language, time, and date format

To change language settings:

  1. Select Settings and more Teams settings and more icon. to the left of your profile picture at the top of the app

  2. Select Settings > General >Language

    Note: Teams will reflect the same date and time format as your device's language, date, and time settings. For example, if your device's display language is set to English (United States), the date and time in Teams will display the format used regionally in the US.

To set date and time preferences on MacOS:

  1. Select System Preferences > Language & Region.

To set date and time preferences on a Windows device:

  1. Select Settings > Time & Language.

  2. Select Region and choose your preferences.

Remember to quit and reopen Teams to reflect your updates.  

Changing your preferred language and region in Teams also updates your time and date format. 

Tip: Below the setting for keyboard language is a checkbox for spell check. This is on by default, uncheck the box to turn it off.

Turn on high contrast mode

In the new Teams, the Windows 11 Accessibility Contrast Themes will now be reflected in the Teams app. Simply select your desired Accessibility Contrast theme in Windows 11, and Teams will use that theme automatically. To select an Accessibility Contrast Themes in Windows 11, go to Settings > Accessibility > Contrast themes.


  • For classic Teams, Select Settings and more at the top of the app, then select Settings > General. In the Theme section, choose High contrast. You can also select the Dark or Default theme.

  • To learn more about the new Teams, visit Try the new Microsoft Teams

Set Teams to start automatically

Teams is set to automatically open and run in the background as soon as you start your device. If you close the app, it keeps running in the background.

You can change these settings anytime by clicking your profile picture at the top of the app, then selecting Settings > General. From the Application section, you can disable auto-start. You can also change your settings so the app won't run in the background or keep running after you close your window.

See also

Microsoft Teams connected teams sites 

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