How to Stop Discord From Running in the Background?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Stop Discord From Running in the Background?

Is it becoming annoying that Discord is running in the background, and you keep receiving message notifications?

Don’t worry! This guide will teach you to prevent Discord from running in the background. Here’s how to do this, in a nutshell:

  1. Open Discord
  2. Go to Discord Settings (gear icon)
  3. Go to “Window Settings
  4. Disable the “Minimize to Tray” option
  5. Disable the “Open Discord” and “Start Minimized” options

This will ensure that Discord:

  1. Won’t start automatically when you open your computer
  2. Won’t run in your background when you close it

Read below for a more detailed guide on how to stop Discord from running in the background!

1. Click on the Gear icon

Click on the Gear icon
Click on the Gear icon

For starters, open Discord. Then, find the Gear icon in the bottom-left corner of the Discord window. Click on it to open the Discord Settings. That’s where you’ll be able to modify Discord’s settings so it doesn’t run in the background anymore.

2. Go to “Windows Settings

Go to "Windows Settings"
Go to “Windows Settings

Once you open the Discord settings, look on the left-hand side panel for the “Windows Settings” option. It’s under the “App Settings” menu, and you’ll need to scroll down a bit to find it.

Select it and continue with the guide!

3. Disable all the options

Disable all the options
Disable all the options

In the “Windows Settings” window, you’ll see three options:

  • Open Discord – It opens Discord automatically when you open your computer
  • Start Minimized – Discord starts minimized (in the background) on computer startup
  • Minimize to Tray – It sends Discord to the System tray when you close it

Disable all of them. Once you disable all of them, you can close Discord and relax, knowing it won’t run in the background anymore.

How Do I Close Discord From the System Tray?

If Discord is getting on your nerves running in the background, you should close it from the System Tray. Follow the steps below to do that:

1. Click on the System Tray icon

Click on the System Tray icon
Click on the System Tray icon

Your System Tray icon looks like an arrow pointed upwards, and you can find it in the bottom-right corner of your desktop on the Taskbar.

Left-click on it and proceed with the guide!

2. Right-click on Discord in the System Tray

Right-click on Discord in the System Tray
Right-click on Discord in the System Tray

Once you open your System Tray, you’ll be welcomed by various icons. These are some of the apps running in the background, which you can control!

Find the Discord icon (with the Discord logo) and right-click on it.

3. Select “Quit Discord

Select "Quit Discord'
Select “Quit Discord

Once you right-click on the Discord icon, you’ll see four options:

  • Discord
  • Check for Updates…
  • Acknowledgments
  • Quit Discord

Select “Quit Discord” to close Discord from the System Tray. It won’t be running in the background anymore so you won’t receive any more message notifications.

Conclusion

So, there you have it! To stop Discord from running in the background, you need to:

  • Open Discord
  • Go to Discord Settings (gear icon)
  • Go to “Window Settings
  • Disable the “Minimize to Tray” option
  • Disable the “Open Discord” and “Start Minimized” options

If it’s already running in the background, go to the System Tray, right-click on Discord and select “Quit Discord.”

Leave a comment below if you have any questions, and I’ll answer as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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