SOLVED: Calendar sharing is not available with the following entries because of permission settings on your network

Well this was a minor annoyance I could have done without.  Fortunately the solution is very simple.

If you are trying to SHARE a Calendar in Outlook and you receive the dreaded:

Calendar sharing is not available with the following entries because of permission settings on your network







you have likely typed the recipients email address in or used the address from your cached addresses.  That will not work.  What you need to do is click the TO button and select the intended recipient(s) from your address book.  I used a corporate GAL and bingo all was well.


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  1. Admin March 8, 2018 at 9:32 am

    This works! Wish i had found this link earlier.
    Thank you

  2. Sasa October 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Working excelent!

  3. Frank August 24, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I’m trying to share my calendar with persons from two different outside organisations. It works fine for the one org., but for the other I get the above error. None of them are in my GAL.

    So is there a setting on the recipients side I should be aware of?

  4. Juan Carlos July 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    It works 100% …. still in 2017-July yahoo!!!

  5. Scott April 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Thank you. It worked and we have hosted exchange and only a work group. The key for us was selecting from the GAL.

  6. Leah Harlow March 1, 2017 at 3:47 am

    I had similar problem where permission for the shared calendar were given as full owner to another user but still they couldn’t do anything., I found if the original owner removes their colleague from the share and close down outlook, re open and re add them with permissions. Then get the other user to remove the calendar close outlook re open it go to open a shared folder choose the users calendar and they should then be able to do what permissions are set.

  7. Aaron Mason March 31, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    If I hadn’t just witnessed it on a user’s computer, I would be calling bullsh*t. Yet, it works. Maybe best we don’t question it – if we understood it, it might bring the universe down upon us and replace it with something even more bizarre and inexplicable – which has probably already happened.

  8. Wim September 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Also make sure the address book is set to the GAL and not some other as was the case for one of my users. Fixed the issue.

  9. Courtney August 5, 2015 at 6:02 am

    I do not even have the option to share. I don’t get an error message because I even click on the share button, as it is shaded out. Any suggestions?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews August 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      I am sorry to say I have not seen that problem before.

    • Aaron Mason November 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Courtney

      You’ve probably worked it out by now, but make sure you’ve selected your calendar – if you’ve selected a calendar that’s shared to you, it won’t work. Just had this happen to a user who called me at work.

  10. Dan July 14, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Worked for me! Thank you 🙂

  11. Jon Alfred Smith July 6, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Excellent. Why this works is another question.

  12. David H June 26, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Perfect, thank you.

    Was driving me crazy

  13. jeremy April 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Worked for me

  14. Med Man November 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Nice fix. Simply click TO, select recipient and BOOM. Interesting to see that the issue is still in Office 2013, and newer exchange servers as well. This is my network:

    Server 2003
    Exchange 2008
    Office 2010

    Must be one of those issues that MS insists “Oh, it’s supposed to work like that.”

    “But it doesn’t work”

    “Uhh… Yeah, it’s supposed to work like that.”


  15. Sam October 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    This does not work for me. The user can send to everyone else but one specific person. Anyone know of more solution?????

  16. Nanthro October 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

    worked for me!!!! thank you so much. it was so annoying to not know what was wrong.

  17. Derek October 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Worked for me!!!!! Thanks

  18. George Ramírez September 9, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Worked for me..
    Thank you so much Ian.


  19. Rob Krul August 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Just to clarify for those that have multiple Outlook accounts. Make sure you are using the GAL for the calendar account you want to share. For example, if you are sharing the calendar from, make sure you are using‘s GAL. Otherwise, it will not work.

  20. terrell August 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

    This worked for me as well! Thanks!!!

  21. Reina Acurantes July 24, 2014 at 11:08 am

    nice, worked for me

  22. Sam July 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Perfect. (y)

  23. Evans June 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Thanks a lot, it worked. Been having this issue for a while now and did not know the fix was this easy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. wayne May 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    cheers… worked for me

    server 2012
    exchange 2013
    outlook 2013

  25. Jackie April 10, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I believe you should be able to use any email address that is not part of your organisation and so this does not work for me – I created an address book entry for the specific email address; and selected it via the TO button, but still the same problem. How do I enter an email address that is not part of the same organsiation (i.e different @… ending)

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews May 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      I believe that feature was removed from Office2013. It definitely worked in older versions.

  26. Kiran March 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    It worked for me

  27. Noah Body October 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    It worked for me too!

  28. LEONRDO September 10, 2013 at 8:10 am


  29. Evelyn Shoemaker May 17, 2013 at 6:49 am

    thank you ! this solution worked for me 🙂

  30. Jerry May 16, 2013 at 8:20 am

    worked great

  31. Cameron Walls December 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    This is not a solution. I am using the To button and also tried with the GAL… Still same problem…

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews December 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

      This is A solution, but perhaps not YOUR solution. There are other causes of this this problem but this work around, has worked for me and many others.

      • Prageeth July 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        This works great for me. This is absolutely A solution, Thank Champ. you are A saviour.

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