Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 7. Handling those files!

Now we’ll take a close look at the FILE tab. This is the only tab that doesn’t currently have its own ribbon interface, but instead shows when clicked as a drop down list of choices.

File drop down list

We’ll now work our way through the choices from this list, some of which have already been covered in other ribbon choices.

1. Clicking on the top choice of New Post will, in the case of WordPress, give you two choices, New Post or New Page. (which if you use pages on your blog, allows you to compose one of those with Writer as well. This choice is sadly not available for Blogger at this time.

2. Open local draft. This choice opens a draft post that you have previously saved to your computer. Click on any of your saved posts in the right hand list to open it. To scroll down the list click on the small arrow at the bottom.

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3. Open recent post will open any post that you have published to your blog. However, it also opens any post published to your blog over a set time as long as that post was originally constructed in Live Writer. To access any older posts, in order to edit one for example, simply click on the Open Recent post icon on the left. A new window will open up. On the left hand side will be a list of all of your blogs and on the right a list of the recent posts published.

4.  In a small box at the top next to show, you will see a default number of 25 posts. On the right is a Delete box.  By clicking on the Show box, you can adjust how many past posts Writer should bring down to edit. This can be adjusted depending on how long you have used Writer to compose and publish your blog posts on that particular blog account, because only posts constructed with Writer previously can be accessed. To access a particular old post, scroll down the list of posts and then select the one you require and Writer will then download it for editing.

Going back 500 posts

NOTE! There is a current problem with Writer fetching down any posts older than 20 on WordPress at the moment, and you may receive an error message if trying to access older posts. All other blogging platforms such as Blogger are working fine.

5. The next choice is Save, and you are offered three choices for your current post.  You can save a local draft to your computer, you can post a draft to your blog that is not viewable by the public and which you can then bring back down into Writer to edit at a later date, or alternatively you can post the draft to continue editing online.

Save choices

6. Next choice is  Delete Draft, which when selected presents you with a list of your currently stored drafts on your computer. To delete one, just scroll down the list and select it.

7. Publish is self explanatory and is also available in the HOME Ribbon. Clicking on it will immediately publish the current post to your blog.

8. Print will print out the current post via a connected printer and you are also offered the choice to Preview the post before printing.

9. Next we arrive at Options. Selecting this choice will open up exactly the same window as is available from the HOME ribbon under the list of your blogs when selecting Manage your Accounts. If you wish to change any of the Options available from the list, click on the icon to change it, then click on Apply and OK to Save.

Remind me in Preferences

10. About Windows Writer gives you more information about Writer the version you are currently using and the build number. You can also access any log files from here by clicking on Show Log File.

11. Clicking on Exit will close Live Writer but if you have not done a recent save of your current draft, you will receive a warning notice to that effect and prompted to Save it first.

Next post we’ll cover setting up some Categories and setting our post dates including setting up a future date for publishing a post. . We’ll also take a look at posting the same post to two (or more) different blogging platforms, a feature which I tend to use a lot.