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  • Blog Post: Broken theme in Windows Live Writer? You can fix it!

    One of the nice things about Windows Live Writer is that lets you edit your blog in the same style your readers will actually see.  However, often times, Windows Live Writer cannot detect a blog theme or it incorrectly detects a user’s theme.  These problems can make users angry , and rightfully...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tip #11 – Insert Image from Web on Windows 7

    During the very late stages of development for the last version of Windows Live Writer we found a bug on our 'Insert from Web Image' dialog.  Specifically there was a bug that prevented users from inserting images that that were part of libraries .   This forced us to make the decision...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tips #10 – Keyboard Shortcuts

    Sometimes, you can be just in the groove when typing your blog entry, and the last thing you want to do is disrupt your flow by having to use your mouse to do something. Fortunately, Writer has a lot of keyboard shortcuts that make this really easy to avoid. Below is a list of some of the main keyboard...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tip #9 – Quickly Inserting Videos

    So you’ve found a great video on YouTube (or SoapBox ) and you want to share that video with your readers. We all know about the option that’s there in Live Writer under the insert section on the right hand side, which will give you the familiar screen: You take your YouTube link, paste it in there and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tips #8 – Add Features to Live Writer Using Plug-ins

    Like a lot of programs, there are always some things that Live Writer doesn’t do that you’d like it to do. However, Live Writer has it’s own way of allowing other developers to create those missing features and bits of functionality, and create plug-ins that you can install and then use from within Live...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tips #7 – Blog This

    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, with some details already populated, including...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tip #6 – Inserting Quotes

    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 yourself wanting to quote someone, whether another...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tip #4 – © and ® Characters

    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 exact characters you can hit backspace after it...
  • Blog Post: Why doesn’t Windows Live Writer have ‘find and replace’?

    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 as well as the most simple programs like Notepad...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer Tip #2 – Force Category Refresh

    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.  In these cases, WLW might not pick up the new...
  • Blog Post: Courier New hates me! - Font 'Courier New' does not support style 'Regular'

    In the past month there have been 3 reports from users that Windows Live Writer will not start up.  After looking in the Windows Live Writer log file , the following exception was seen: An unexpected error has occurred within the application. System.ArgumentException: Font 'Courier New' does not...
  • Blog Post: Only Microsoft can make something so simple this complex.

    By the end of reading this post you will either think: Wow, Microsoft really wants a great experience for their users. or Wow, Microsoft just can’t make anything as simple as it really is. I really hope that you think the former, but it appears that some people already think the later, especially when...
  • Blog Post: Zemanta – Well That's a Fun Little Tool

    Image via Wikipedia Zemanta recently released a new plugin for Windows Live Writer .  It opens it own sidebar and finds relevant media for your post based on the text you have entered so far.  Zemanta really seems to be trying to please their customers which is great to see in any company. ...
  • Blog Post: Plain text just doesn’t cut it sometimes – Windows Live Writer

    In the past month I have seen a few blogs discuss that Windows Live Writer sends credentials to the blog service via plain text across HTTP.  This is most certainly true , but it doesn't need to be! WLW uses RSD to find the endpoints for atom/metaweblog when it detects the configuration for your...
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