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Microsoft Teams App Setup Policy – Add or Remove Apps on the Teams Left Rail, including built in Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, Calls, Files



A new Microsoft Teams configuration option, App Setup Policy, is being rolled out to tenants. This gives administrators the ability to control which apps show in the “main menu” in Teams, the left rail in the desktop/web client, and the bottom menu and “draw” in the mobile client.

Administrators can ‘pin’ non-Microsoft apps, such as third-party apps or company-built internal apps, and can hide the standard functionality (Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, Calls & Files, which essentially are also “apps”).

It’s worth nothing that “removing” apps from the user’s main menu doesn’t prevent users accessing them. They are really hidden from default view. Users can still click the ellipses (three dots) at the bottom of the menu to gain access to all the core Teams apps and other featured apps.

My friend and Modality colleague Tom Morgan has already has an extensive blog and video on this, I recommend you check it out: How to: Show/Hide Apps on the Teams Main Menu (including hiding Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, Calls & Files!) with App Setup Policy

Microsoft Documentation: Manage app setup policies in Microsoft Teams

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

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