Outlook's People Pane Being a Pain? Here's How to Hide It

This morning I had another frustrating time accidentally clicking the People Pane in an Outlook email message — argh.  The People Pane is a new feature of Outlook 2010 called the "Outlook Social Connector" that brings in information from popular social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn.

Here's what the people pane looks like in an Outlook 2010 email message:

I figured there must be a way to hide it, and indeed there is.  In case Outlook 2010's people pane bugs you too, here's how to get rid of it:

  1. Click the View tab
  2. Click the down arrow on the icon for the People Pane group
  3. Click Off


On the other hand, if you want the People Pane but don't use Outlook 2010, you can download the Outlook Social Connector add-in for Outlook 2007.

Introduction to the Outlook Social Connector
Add social context to work with Outlook Social Connector (video)

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Thanks! What a relief

Ahhh!!!!! what a relief. Getting rid of that stupid thing feels as good as removing a piece of stuck apple peal from your teeth. Thanks!

Social Pane

But others can still see all your busienss - you just can't see theirs. How so I block anoyone from seeing mine?