The People Pane in Outlook 2010 is intended to provide you with a single place to view people in your social network through Outlook however it relies on having a suitable social network set up which often isn't possible. As a result the People can take up valuable screen space, especially if it is always set to be open. Here we show you how to switch this panel off.
1. Start Microsoft Outlook and click the View tab (see below)
2. Next click the People Pane button and from the options choose "Off"
3. And that is it!