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Facebook connector missing in Outlook 2013

In Outlook 2010, I used to be connected to Facebook via the Outlook Social Connector. I wanted to do this in Outlook 2013 as well but the Facebook connector isn’t listed as an option anymore.

When I clicked on “Connect to another social network”, I’m being taken to a website which says that the Facebook Connector is included in Office.

Obviously, it is not for me. How can I add Facebook to Outlook 2013?

The Facebook connector is indeed included in Office 2013 but under some rare circumstances, it may not show up in the list of available social networks.

To get the Facebook connector back, do the following:

  1. Close Outlook.
  2. Open Programs and Features in Control Panel.
    • Tip: A quick way to do this in Windows 8 is by right clicking on the Start icon and choose Programs and Features from the menu which pops up.
  3. Check if the Facebook Connector for Outlook 2010 and previous is still installed. If so, uninstall it by selecting it and using the Uninstall button at the top.

    Programs and Features - Facebook Connector (click on image to enlarge)
    After upgrading from Outlook 2010 or previous, you no longer need to have the separate Microsoft Outlook Social Connector for Facebook installed.
    (click on image to enlarge)

  4. Do a repair on your Office 2013 or Office 365 installation.
    To do this, select Microsoft Office 2013 in the list and click on Change at the top. You’ll now get a Repair option. For an Office 365 installation of Office 2013, you’ll get the option between a Quick Repair or an Online Repair. You can try the Quick Repair first and check if that brought back the Facebook Connector in Outlook. If not, do the Online Repair.

Do you still have the Facebook Connector listed under File-> Account Settings-> Social Network account?
Do you still have the Facebook Connector listed under File-> Account Settings-> Social Network account?

Note: If you are using Microsoft Office Standard 2013, then the Facebook Connector wasn’t included originally. Applying Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 or at least Hotfix KB2760559 will make the Facebook Connector available for the Standard edition of Office 2013 as well.