Donkblog

Adventures into the world of amateurgramming. I'll leave the programming to the professionals.

April, 2009

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About Donkblog

Brandon Turner graduated from Michigan State University in December of 2007 and started work at Microsoft on the Windows Live Writer Team in February of 2008.  His personal website is http://blogs.msdn.com/ControlPanel/Blogs/www.brandonturner.org

 

Q: What does your blog's name derive from?
A: That is a really good question. 

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    Windows Live Writer Tips #7 – Blog This

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    Sometimes you can be on a webpage and think, this is great, I’d like to blog about this. Well, if you’re using Internet Explorer then when Windows Live Writer is installed, a new button appears on the toolbar . Clicking this button will load up Live Writer...
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    The most successful shared components used internally at Microsoft.

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    Recently, I reflected on all the cross team components we depend on for Windows Live Writer.  Then I thought about the ones that have worked out well for us.  I didn't think about platforms Microsoft makes like .NET, GDI, DirectX, etc… Instead...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #6 – Inserting Quotes

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    Today starts a mini series within the Windows Live Writer Tip series where the tips are written by Scott Lovegrove .  Scott is a Windows Live MVP as well as the creator of many plugins you can find on his blog. As a blogger, you will sometimes find...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #5 – Linking to old posts.

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    Its pretty common that bloggers want to link back to an old post. Instead of going to the browser and finding the link to the post, you can find it from inside of Windows Live Writer. Click “Hyperlink…” from the sidebar to bring up the modal dialog. Then...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #4 – © and ® Characters

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    From inside of Windows Live Writer you can easily add a copyright or registered symbol using typographic replacement.  To insert a © type a (c) and then press space . To insert a ® type a (r) and then press space . If you actually want to type those...
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    Why doesn’t Windows Live Writer have ‘find and replace’?

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    One of the most requested features of Windows Live Writer is ‘find and replace’.  This is the ability to quickly change one string to another string in a document.  Its found in the most complex programs like Visual Studio and Microsoft Word...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #3 – Turn on real time word count

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    Many users have found the word count feature until the “Tools” menu.  It is possible to turn on word count so it will continue to update in the status bar, just as it would in Microsoft Word: This feature can be turned on though: Tools > Options...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #2 – Force Category Refresh

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    It is possible the categories on your blog can get out of sync with your blog.  This will most likely happen if you use a different blogging client then Windows Live Writer, WLW on a different computer, or post through the admin control panel. ...
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    Preview for content that doesn’t exist should be outlawed.

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    Michigan State, my alma mater, beat University of Connecticut to advance to the NCAA championship game earlier today.  GO GREEN! Anyways, I was checking today's news on the Huffington Post and saw a new article which referenced the victory. ...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #1 – Auto-save

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    Windows Live Writer has an automatic save feature.  This is different then “Auto-Recover” which is what you find in Microsoft Word.  In Windows Live Writer, there is a timer that triggers every X number of minutes.  When the time triggers...
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