How to transfer Office and PDF files from PC to Windows Phone

How to transfer Office and PDF files from PC to Windows PhoneYou might think the title is ironic, but indeed, it's not. While Microsoft's own Windows Phone 7 features tight Office integration and excellent support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, most of that integration revolves around the cloud: for business users, that's SharePoint, for consumers SkyDrive. That does work nicely, but sometimes, the easiest way is to transfer files straight from your desktop PC or laptop to your phone.

Since the Zune software, which synchronizes music, pictures and videos, does not do the same for Office files, the only way to accomplish that is with a homebrew tool called Office File Uploader.

It's pretty easy and straightforward to use, provided your Windows Phone is developer unlocked. Just run the EXE on your desktop, connect your device (make sure it's also connected via Zune) and click the upload icon to select the files you want to have on your Windows Phone. That's it – now exit the Office Hub using the back button to let it refresh, and the files will appear in there.

The same even works for PDF files, just switch to the PDF tab (see screenshot). However, you'll have to use a modded version of Adobe Reader, instead of the one available on the Marketplace.

Sounds good? Find the download links at xda-developers.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 31, 2012 at 19:39

Good info.

whoosh  Feb. 1, 2012 at 08:31

Can you not just mail them to yourself from PC and then open/save on the phone?

Livven  Feb. 1, 2012 at 09:03

That's not much better than uploading through SkyDrive. The solution above is the easiest and most straightforward approach, I'd say.

MDrX  Feb. 1, 2012 at 09:14

And more secure

aksshay  Nov. 13, 2012 at 20:43

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2012 at 07:26

Thanks, akkahay.

Reminds me - how can it be that difficult? And how does one transfer, say ebooks? (usually, ereader apps handle pdf and html files...)
Well, I guess WP8 eases the burden, right? (if only there were WP8 devices on the market :p )

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2012 at 07:28

sorry, aksshay :)

carfl  Mar. 10, 2013 at 05:56

how can i download the exe fil.e? cannot find it from the given link..pls help

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 10, 2013 at 12:08

You cannot download the .exe to your WP device. Download to PC and when download finished, hit "run"!

karlnjuwa  Sep. 27, 2014 at 12:57

i went to the download link and i found two uploaders, downloaded and extracted both but seems as though they arent functioning well

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 28, 2014 at 10:25

i went to the download link and i found two uploaders, downloaded and extracted both but seems as though they arent functioning well
"not functioning well" or NOT functioning?

What are you trying to achieve, Karin?

THIS article is for WP7 phones. In WP8 you can just sync documents to your device.
Also: as mentioned above: you could email the PDF files to yourself and open them on your phone.

But please: explain what phone model you use, and which .exe you used on YOUR PC!

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