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.



From Spaces to Wordpress step by step. Creating a Page.

7. Creating a Page.

For this how-to I’m going to be creating a page containing some info that I would like my readers to be able to access, but you can create anything in a Page. We didn’t have such things as Pages or Menu’s on Spaces and therefore its a new concept to learn for any ex Spacers. The new version of Windows Live Writer allows you to compose a WordPress page so easily that I will use that for this how-to.  I will be showing you all how to use Live Writer with WordPress at some time in the future, but as WordPress is now the default blogging platform in Writer, its as easy to set up as Live Spaces originally was.

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Adding a Slideshow of your photos to a blog post in Wordpress.

As I have previously published a post on the subject of displaying a slideshow or Gallery of your pictures inside a blog post, may I first of all take the opportunity to point readers to my this post at where you will find detailed step by step instructions on how to do both. However, as many bloggers who have been using Windows Live Spaces as their blogging platform tend to make use of Windows Live writer to compose their blog posts, I thought it might be also helpful to show you all how to  incorporate both a slideshow  and Gallery into a post composed with Writer rather than the WordPress online editor.

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Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa. round 2.

Sharing your photographs in Picasa.

As I am comparing these two programs from a newbie’s point of view and how they might make use of them both,  I decided that next I would compare how easy it is to share your photographs with other people, as that is probably the next thing that a new user might want to do.  They may want to send their newly edited photographs to someone in an e-mail, or upload them to an online site such as  Facebook to share with family and friends.

PIcasa choices for sharing In Picasa, the choices offered for sharing a particular batch of photos are found at the bottom of the main screen.  You can choose to do the following with your selected photographs, you can upload them to the Picasa web albums, send them in an e-mail, print out your selected photos, copy them to another hard disc, you can buy prints from an online provider, post them to a blog on Blogger if you have one, create a collage with these photos, make a  movie with them or Geo-Tag them using Google Maps.  That’s quite a choice, but a new user will probably just want to send them in an e-mail or perhaps upload them to a site where others can then view them.

Choice of Email program for sending your pictures Most of the icons used are nice and large and also mostly self explanatory as to their use.  Clicking on the Email icon will bring up a window containing your desktop email program (in my case Windows Live Mail) or offer to use Google Mail instead. You can make sure that your choice for this is permanent by  ticking the ‘’Remember this setting, don’t display this dialog again’.  There’s also a handy Help offered as well. 

As I use the desktop email program Windows Live Mail I was then able to choose to send these photos as a photo mail.  Alternatively you can upload your photos online to Picasa web albums where you can then inform your family and friends  that they can view them.  If you don’t already have a Web Album you can create one and this will require a Google mail address.  You can also stipulate who can see the photos once they are uploaded.

Uploading to Picasa web albumsThe printing offer Shop is a good idea for those users who don’t own a printer and there are quite a few different sites to choose from  such as SnapFish,, Klick and Bonusprint to name but a few and these choices will be  different depending on which country you reside in.

Sharing your photos in Live Photo Gallery.

Choices for sharing in Photo GalleryThe different choices for sharing your photos in Photo Gallery are found on the toolbar at the top of the main window.  Again, you can choose to e-mail your photos to someone and clicking on email will take you directly to Windows Live mail and the photo email page (see picture below) so that you can then send your chosen photos to someone as a photo email.  Because Photo Gallery is part of the Essentials suite of programs which also contains Windows Live mail, obviously these two programs are meant to work well together and this shows by how your photos are automatically inserted straight into a photo email.

Windows Live mail synced with photo galleryAlternatively you can upload them to either Windows Live if you have an account there, or  alternatively you can upload them to flickr.  With the addition of a plug in you can also upload them to your Facebook account as well.

Publishiing to flickr When uploading to either Windows Live or flickr via the Publish tab,  you are allowed to choose  which folder (or set in the case of flickr) to upload to, and also set up permissions for who can view these photos. To add more services to upload to such as Facebook, you just choose More Services where you are then taken to the Windows Live Photo site which then lists the plug ins available to you.  Its a pretty comprehensive list consisting of Facebook, SmugMug, Picasa Web Albums, PIxelPipe, Iperuty, Multiply and Drupal. 

In order to sum up the sharing choices given to the user in both programs, I feel that they offer very different options in regard to how they approach which sites you can publish your photos to with Picasa only giving the choice of its own Website, whilst Photo Gallery gives the user a range of options including Picasa’s, so Photo Gallery is definitely more versatile and ‘’open’ in this respect.

In my next post I plan to take a look at the more complex editing features of both programs and compare just how easy they are to use.  


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