Learn How: Using Windows Live Writer

I want to share a little secret with you all. I currently use Blogger to host my blog, but I never write any of my posts using their services.  I write and publish all of my posts using Windows Live Writer.


Windows Live Writer (WLW) is one of the easiest ways to write and publish a blog post. And the best part about it is,  you can publish the posts you write to any blog service provider. Whether you use Blogger, Word Press, or Type Pad, you can use WLW to write your post and publish it to your blog.

You might be wondering what is so great about WLW, or why you would want use another service to write posts and publish them to your blog, so I am going to tell you why 5 reasons why I think it’s so great.

1. WLW makes uploading pictures to your blog posts incredibly easy.

At the top of your tool bar you have a tab that says INSERT. Under that tab you can add hyperlinks, pictures, video, html code, etc. And it takes seconds, not minutes for your pictures to appear.


Once your picture is uploaded you can resize it, crop it, add a watermark, link it to a source, rotate it (though WLW automatically rotates all of your pictures to show correctly, another plus), and add effects (such as brighten, add contrast, etc.)


2. You can change your font, font size, or color. And it doesn’t just give you a few choices, there are a ton to choose from.

3. You can manage more than one blog using WLW. So if you have multiple blogs, like some talented bloggers I know, then you can write and publish for each blog using WLW. I have Always In Wonder as my only account, but if I ever decide to start up another blog I can easily add it to my accounts.


4. You can preview any of your posts before you publish them to your blog. Just hit the preview button and WLW will open a new window so you can see exactly what your post will look like before you publish it.


5. You can publish the blog posts you write immediately, post the draft to your blog, or even set a specific date of when you want the post to go live.


I know it’s a short list, and there are probably a ton of other advantages to using Windows Live Writer, but hopefully you guys are interested in checking it out. It’s easy to use, and FREE to download. Plus, if you already use WLW, I’d love to hear about any other advantages you guys have found while using it.

Jennifer is the talented blogger behind Always in Wonder. She’s relatively new to the craft blogging scene, having started in late 2010 after the birth of her daughter. Visit Always in Wonder for crafty tutorials and the occasional story about her darling family. Jennifer lives with husband Justin, son Levi and daughter Rian in California.


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11 Responses to “Learn How: Using Windows Live Writer”

  1. del says:

    I’ve been using WLW for a while now and I love it. I used it when my blog was at Blogger and now that I’m at WP (though I did have funky formatting problems I’d have to fix in Blogger when I used WLW to write my posts). It’s so convenient and lets you add everything before moving it over to your blog platform (I usually save a local draft and then move it over for editing after I upload any photos).

  2. I’m another WLW fan. I love that I can get my photos looking nice in Picasa and then just copy and paste them in (no searching around for the right file). I’ve also set the default sizes for pictures so I don’t have to resize every photo. Using a table is a great way to get nicely formatted columns and getting text to line up nicely under pictures in a grid layout.

  3. Jennifer, you’ve listed exactly the reasons why I love WLW! I’ve had to use Blogger a couple times on Hubs computer and it drives me crazy! Spacing is off, pics are off . . . ugh. Love WLW!

    Narelle, I haven’t used Picasa yet but today I’m definitely going to check into it. Thanks for the info!

  4. I’m still a little scared. :s I really want to give it a try. Do you know if you can “un-download” if it won’t work with your blog’s template or something. I do love the options it looks like it gives you for your photos. Do you link them to your blog’s homepage??

    • del says:

      You can link your photos to wherever you want when you use WLW; when you place them in your post, there are various formatting options that let you control size, placement, links, alt text, etc.

      WLW came installed on my computer, as I guess it does with many that use Windows. You set it up to link with your blog but you don’t have to download anything for that, so if you don’t like it, you just use your usual blog platform to post to your blog instead of WLW.

    • Jennifer says:

      I know you can link the images, haven’t done it yet though, I usually just watermark them with my blog’s url. And I believe if you end up not liking WLW you can always delete the program from you computer, like any other downloaded program from the internet.

  5. Thanks for the encouragement to use this program – I’ve been debating for a while.


  6. I am a HUGE WLW fan!! Love it so much! I love how much insanely easier uploading pics is!!! My favorite photo style is the rounded corners. Love it!

    I love the word count too. Kind of lets me know when I’m running long!

    Oh, and I love that you can use it off line! That came in handy on our drive back from Disney!

  7. Wow! I didn’t even know this existed. And, it sounds like another 2 benefits are:
    1) You can save copies of your posts – so if blogger ever goes haywire (dare I say “again”), that you have your work saved.
    2) You can write posts even when you’re offline – so if I’m somewhere where I *gasp* don’t have internet access I can work on posts, and upload when I’m ready. Can someone confirm these?

    Oh – and LOVE that you can set it to re-size pics for you!! That would save me like an HOUR per tute I do!! : )

  8. Thank you Jennifer!! OK I’m gonna do it! I’m downloading it now!

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