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Windows Live Writer – Blogging Simplified!

So, here is my 1st post for this blog. Long back, when I had installed Windows 7 afresh, wanted to download Live Messenger. MS has included it in its “Live Essentials” package. I had no better job to do, so selected all the available options to install. After almost 4-5 months, just a few days back, while deleting unwanted programs, just came across Live Writer in the list. I knew that it was a blogging tool, but hadn’t bothered to check it. Out of curiosity, just launched it to see how it was, & I was really surprised to see such a nice & useful tool for blogging. So, I will now show you how to blog using Live Writer.

You will need :

  • A Blogging account (If you don’t have one, there are many free blogging services like blogger, wordpress etc or you can create one using Writer itself)
  • Windows Operating System (Live Writer works only with Windows)
  • Internet Connection for downloading Writer (I know this is pretty stupid, or else how would you be reading this!)

After creating a blogging account(If you don’t have one), head to http://download.live.com to download Live Writer. You can select other softwares if you like. After the download & installation, start Live Writer, which will be in the program files under the group name “Windows Live”, grouped with other Live softwares. Launch the Writer. When you are launching it for the first time, you will see a screen to add & setup your blogging account, which will look like:

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I’m using Blogger, so selected the last option. Depending upon your blogging service, select the appropriate option. After setting up your account, the Writer displays a blank page, according to the theme set in your blog.

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So, you can start blogging right away now. You can insert various Hyperlinks, insert pictures, videos, table, maps, etc. You can find all these options in the sidebar to the right. You can also add plug-in to Writer for extending Writer’s functionality. One of the features that I loved in Writer is that you can save the draft offline and later when online, you can publish the same to your blog. You can also preview your blog as to how it’ll look & also view the html source of the content, tag your blog according to some categories. If you have more than one blog, you can also add multiple blog accounts to post to different blogs at a time, or to a particular one. Sidebar also displays the saved drafts & recently posted items. You can also set a custom publish date.

So, Have fun blogging using Writer guys! Below are a few screenshots of Writer. Click on them to view larger images.

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