Adding Microsoft Teams To Outlook

So you’ve installed the Teams desktop app and you’re ready to start scheduling Teams meetings in Outlook. One problem…there is no option to make it a Teams Meeting. Well you’re not alone, because apparently this has been an issue among many Teams users. As luck would have it, there are quick fixes if you run into this issue. Here are some of the steps you should take to troubleshoot:

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

The Microsoft Teams add-in for Outlook is a really useful integration tool for users of both programs. Its primary purpose is to allow users to schedule a Teams Meeting directly from Outlook rather than having to open both programs at the same time.

I am having trouble figuring out how to add the teams meeting scheduler add-in to Microsoft Outlook, as I would like to use it to send meeting invites. I have tried following the suggestions in previous threads (logging in and out of teams and restarting outlook), but that did not resolve the issue. Teams Meeting add-in in Outlook for Windows The Teams Meeting add-in is automatically installed for users who have Microsoft Teams and either Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 2019 installed on their Windows PC. Users will see the Teams Meeting add-in on the Outlook Calendar ribbon. This article will assist you in adding the New Teams or New Skype Meeting button back to your Outlook calendar. In Outlook, click on the File tab at the top left. Click the box next to the meeting button you want to add and click OK. If the New Meeting button doesn't show up, close Outlook and reopen. Create a Group in Outlook before creating a new team. Add the people to the Group who will also be on the Team.

  • 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.
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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.
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Option 3: 1) Download Teams –> 2) Install Teams –> 3) Sign into Teams –> 4) Restart Teams –> Restart OutlookIN 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.
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  • 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.



Although it seems like there are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to get the add-in to appear, Phillip Garding of Microsoft has let the community know that they are actively working on add-in to improve this. Once the improvements have been made I’m sure the end user experience will be much more pleasant. For all things Teams and Skype for Business, check out some of my other content. I will be posting pretty regularly with all types of new and exciting Teams news and tips.

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