How to Remove or Disable the Outlook Social Connector in Office 2010

Outlook 2010 - Disable the Outlook Social Connector and People Pane

Groovy reader John O. writes regarding Outlook 2010:

“Does anyone know how to completely disable the social network connector and people pane?  I have spent an entire morning trying to disable this feature without success.  Any help is greatly appreciated.”


Thanks for the great question John, I thought this answer was worth a full post.  So here we go!  Let’s disable the Social Connector and get rid of that pesky People Pane in Outlook 2010.

Step 1

In Outlook 2010, Click the File tab and then Click Options.

office 2010 outlook file options

Step 2

In the Outlook Options window, Click the Add-Ins tab and then Click the Go… button.

Outlook Add-ins > Go


Step 3

Uncheck the box for Microsoft Outlook Social Connector and then Click OK.

Disable Microsoft Outlook 2010 people pane and social connector



Now Outlook’s people pane should be gone, as well as any social connections.  Later on if you decide you want the social connector back just re-check the box from Step 3.  It’s a piece of cake!  But, we don’t have to stop there.  If you really want to make sure that it is gone for good I’ll show you how to get rid of it for good.

Completely Remove the Outlook Social Connector

If you want to completely remove the Social Connector, you will need to be logged in as an administrator.  Browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 then locate SOCIALCONNECTOR.DLL and SOCIALPROVIDER.DLL.

All you need to do is rename the  file (or if you really hate it you can delete it).  I suggest you just change the file extension* from .DLL to .backup so that it is unusable; this also allows you to change it back later if ever needed.

*To easily rename file extensions you’ll need to make them visible –full guide here.  The extension can also be done from the file’s property window, which can be accessed by right-clicking a file and selecting Properties.

delete or rename the social connector .dll for outlook 2010



  1. John M. Oudenaar

    March 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

    The above solution works!!!!
    It will totally disable and remove the social connector!!!

    Thanks for the help.

  2. Shaji Shamshudheen

    June 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Many thanks , simple and Helpful. Thanks again

  3. kassandra

    August 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I followed the instructions above but Microsoft office 2010 reinstalled the ddls when I opened it the next time .
    So I still get the warning messages each time I open Outlook .

  4. Jessica

    September 22, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Thank you so much. This worked and it was so easy to do.

  5. Andrew

    September 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    The proper way to REMOVE the social connector is to go into control panel, then add/remove programs (win xp) or programs and features (win 7).
    Find the MS office entry and modify the setup, unselecting the social connector add-in from the Outlook section.

    • Wabid Wabit

      February 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Thank you – once I would disable it a week later it would be enabled

    • Fred_Evil

      December 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Helps if you have admin privs to the system you are using to do that.

  6. LaurieO

    November 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Thank you, Thank you!

  7. Evan

    January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am


  8. JamesK

    February 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thanks. It worked!!! I dont know why it started happening… perhaps from a updating software? I have been using Outlook for about 1/2 year before this started happening and then the “SocialConnector encountered an impropert argument” message came up with every email click so thanks! I still dont really know what this program is for, but from your other posts, apparently this has been going on for a while.

  9. Kees Sprado

    March 8, 2012 at 5:07 am

    It works …….. If you know it’s not as strange to recover it but I’m happy with this little helper. It is typically just another example of Microsoft who thinks along with us ……. and then you’ll want to take decisions where you had not counted on.
    I just upgraded from 2007 to 2010 and received through social media nonsense (as I look now at least still against it) in there uninvited.
    Temporarily stored for a while but once …….

  10. David

    March 20, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Great article! I was just to stupid to find how to disable it! Thanks!

  11. Seamus

    April 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you! This is full of win. Microsoft is full of fail.

  12. Sergio

    April 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    My Outlook is enable the View people pane, but when i want see emails, messages, etc it says “There are not items to show in this view”.

    Could you help me why i cant see it?

  13. Fred Perkins

    June 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Really helpful… thanks. Nice to know I’m not alone in detesting the current obsession with social networks.

    HOWEVER, one of the very nice features that is bundled in with the social connector add-in is the aspect of the People Pane which in effect does an instant search and list of all emails connected with any addressees in the email you are viewing. That can be very helpful in reviewing earlier correspondence.

    A pity that this aspect can’t be preserved, without the constant reminder that I should add all these people to “my” social networks….

  14. xsquatchx

    August 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    just found this… thanks

    • Austin Krause

      August 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Happy to help! Welcome to groovy!

  15. k4k

    October 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    ‘Much appreciated

  16. Doug

    October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The thing that’s led me to your post here is that the Social Connector adds tons of GUID entries into the IE history rendering it useless. I agree with Fred that the listing of recent e-mail correspondence is nice just wish it didn’t mess up IE History I can live with the social connection piece.

  17. Steven Harris

    January 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you; great advice & ‘to the point’!

    • Steve Krause

      January 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Yeah you bet! Glad it helped and thnx for the comment.

  18. Sam Perera

    February 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Great instruction, thanks.

  19. JB

    March 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    If you follow these instructions can others still see your information (email & appointment titles)?

  20. Jacqueline

    March 20, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Thanks very much from Germany! This was annoying me quite a while.

  21. Joseph

    March 25, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Michelle

    May 15, 2013 at 4:25 am

    My facebook picture and profile details still show up in other people’s outlook on my emails, even though I completely deleted the microsoft social connector??

  23. Ravi Vinayak

    June 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Brilliant! Thank you..

  24. Sam

    March 27, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Thank you.

  25. APS

    January 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Works like a charm! Thank you.

  26. Carsten

    June 24, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Alternative location for the file: C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice15

  27. Ron

    January 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I think Microsoft Windows Office 2010 is violating privacy by adding my business contacts out of Outlook to my private Facebook account without a warning.

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