Enable Microsoft Outlook's Send to Bluetooth command

In Microsoft Outlook, I used to be able to click on "File", and one of the options was "Send to Bluetooth". When you clicked on the menu, available Bluetooth devices would pop up and you could select which device to send it to. I used this option to send appointments and contacts to my cell phone. I have never installed any special phone transfer or sync software. The "Send to Bluetooth" option is no longer available since my computer crashed and I reloaded Office. Could someone please show me how to get it back? I tried the SMS add-in and this is not what I was looking for.

In order to have the Send to Bluetooth option, you need to install the correct Bluetooth stack for your computer. The basic Bluetooth capabilities in Windows offer only dial-up networking support (DUN).

Note that not all Bluetooth drivers will add the Send to Bluetooth command.

  1. Find the drivers created for your Bluetooth model. You do not want to use the generic Microsoft drivers. Start your search at the support site for your computer manufacturer.
  2. Uninstall the Microsoft drivers from Device manager. (At Start menu, Run you can type devmgmt.msc to open Device manager.) Uninstall Bluetooth Radio and anything else that says Bluetooth.
  3. Now disable Microsoft's drivers so that they won't re-install. To do this, go to C:\Windows\inf. Find bth.inf and rename it to bth.inf.old. Do the same to bth.PNF.
  4. Reboot the computer. After you restart, Windows may want to install your Bluetooth device. Cancel out of any new device found dialogs.
  5. Run your driver software to install the correct drivers. If you are asked to configure the Bluetooth services, select all available.
  6. If asked if you'd like to detect any Bluetooth devices.. choose No.
  7. Restart the computer.
  8. After rebooting, go back to the device manager and see if there are any new devices from the Bluetooth installation that may not be correctly installed (yellow exclamation point). Depending on the capabilities of your computer, you may need to re-enable the Windows drivers to get some features working. You can re-enable the Windows Bluetooth drivers once the system has accepted the new Bluetooth drivers as the primary driver.
  9. Now you can enable Bluetooth services. Open your newly installed Bluetooth software to see if those services are enabled/available.
  10. Create a partnership between the computer and phone.

You should now see a "My Bluetooth Places" in My Computer. Open this, and you will be able to browse your phone/select various services to use. Before transferring any files, keep in mind that you will need to set the location to put the file on the phone. Generally speaking (varies by phone) on the phone, you'll select Menu, Tools, Bluetooth, Options, Settings, Exchange FTP folder.

Outlook 2003 (possibly other versions) should have an option under File called "Send to Bluetooth" once the proper Bluetooth driver is installed. Your Bluetooth device should be listed in the menu. You can transfer all your contacts in Outlook by selecting them all and using the File, Send to Bluetooth.

The Send to Bluetooth menu should also be present when you right click on a file in Windows Explorer. Keep an eye on the phone when sending files to the phone as you may need to hit OK on the phone to allow for files to transfer.

Send by Bluetooth

  • Owen

    This is not useful: "Outlook 2003 (possibly other versions) should have an option under File called “Send to Bluetooth” once the proper Bluetooth driver is installed."

    I use Outlook 2010 and the "send to bluetooth command is not available anywhere.

  • outlooktips

    Whether you have the bluetooth option depends on your bluetooth drivers, but AFAIK, bluetooth is not supported at all in Outlook 2010. It might work in 2007 or older versions. It will not work with the generic Windows bluettoth drivers.

  • Rick

    Outlook 2010 has Send to Bluetooth under the Add-Ins tab. Select an item first, then click Send to Bluetooth, then pick your device.

  • Diane Poremsky

    It's not a native feature of Outlook. Go to File, Options, Addins - what addins do you have installed?
    Do you know if you have the native bluetooth stack installed or one supplied by your computer manufacturer?

  • Tim Curtiss

    What kind of BS is this? Why can't the software just have the option as the old ones did? Also, the ad-in for send to Bluetooth is not present for my Outlook. What's going on with that?

  • Diane Poremsky

    Which version of Outlook do you have? Are you using the generic (Windows) Bluetooth stack? Send to Bluetooth is a feature the Bluetooth driver and not all support it - the one that ships with windows does not include this support.

  • Sheila

    I may have found a way round this " send to Bluetooth" feature - it works for Outlook 2010 . Try and see.
    First create a folder (on desktop or elsewhere)
    Name it ( I called it iCal for Bluetooth)
    Go to Outlook calendar
    Highlight an individual appointment
    Click FILE / SAVE AS ( from the top toolbar)
    Open the folder -
    the file name will automatically appear the same as the appointment
    Save as type: iCal Format
    Check the "save selected appointment" button ( Not save calendar)
    Click save
    Open the folder
    Select the appointment - right click on the mouse and the "send to bluetooth " option is there to use. It works.
    Clever people may be able to set up a way of automating this process.

  • Sheila

    Follow up to previous post:
    If there are problems opening the message on the bluetooth device try saving the appointment in vCal Format instead

  • Lori

    Wow Shelia, how did you figure that out!!! Works Great, thank you very very much :)

  • Bashir

    Surprised at the comments, I simply selected all the contacts went to Add ins send from Bluetooth selected my mobile and done.

  • Diane Poremsky

    The problem is that not all phones support sending to Bluetooth and not all bluetooth drivers support it. You need both for it to work.

  • Tori

    My MEE Air-Fi blurtooth headphones will not work with my HP dv6-6033d pc. I thought I'd be able to listen to Pandora cordless, but no luck.