Installing the Teams Plug-In for Outlook

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Microsoft Teams is an easy way to pull together a group to share, collaborate and communicate in one central location without the use of phone calls that take time away from our day or emails that can easily get buried.  From directly within Teams we can bring everyone together to share information, securely edit files live and at the same time, bring together Microsoft Office 365 apps (OneDrive, OneNote, Planner, Forms, etc) and third-party apps and websites in one place, tag members of the team in conversations or actions and customize the work through adding notes (OneNote and others) and other applications.  Using the Teams plug-in in Outlook can be a great assistant!

For a more in-depth walk-through with Microsoft Teams, view the Tech Talk video training.

Installing Teams Outlook Plug-In

Generally speaking, the Teams plug-in automatically installs to Outlook when you install the Teams desktop application (this is required).  However, there are a number of reasons this might not happen.  If you are among the individuals who has the Teams desktop application installed, but do not see the Teams plug add-in when you go to schedule a meeting, here's how you get it.

Option 1: Install the Teams desktop application as an Administrator of the Windows computer.

  • One of the requirements to successfully install the Teams add-in is that you have administrator permissions on that computer. This is due to the COM Add-ins (seen below) in Outlook write to a specific Windows registry. If you’re not an administrator of that computer you must have someone with the correct permissions install the Teams application. Once that is complete you should be able to open Outlook and see the add-in.

Option 2: Run Outlook in normal user mode, not as an administrator.

  • When starting Outlook, do not run it with elevated permissions. This can often interfere with identifying the COM Add-ins that were mentioned above.

Option 3: 1) Download Teams –> 2) Install Teams –> 3) Sign into Teams –> 4) Restart Teams –> Restart Outlook – IN THAT ORDER

  • In order to ensure that the add-in was installed successfully, this may require you to restart your Teams application as well as Outlook. Follow the steps above to see if this does the trick.

Option 4: Make sure that you have the Teams Meeting add-in enabled. If the first 3 options haven’t worked for you try taking a look at your Outlook Options.

  • In Outlook, click FILE and then OPTIONS
  • Select the ADD-INS tab of the Outlook Options box.

  • If not, look in the “DISABLED APPLICATION ADD-INS” list. If it is in this list, select the “COM ADD-INS” in the MANAGE drop down and select GO.

  • Make sure “Microsoft Teams Meeting Add-in for Microsoft Office” is checked and select OK. 
  • Restart Outlook and you should see the Teams Meeting option available when you go to schedule a meeting in Outlook.




Article ID: 105749
Mon 4/20/20 12:46 PM
Mon 4/20/20 12:46 PM