Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Windows Live Writer Is The Basic Blog Processor In Windows 7

Windows Live Writer makes its debut in Windows 7. If WordPad is a basic word processor, and Notepad is a basic text processor, then Writer is a basic blog processor. It’s a simple program for composing blogs (Web logs—frequently updated Web pages full of text and photos) and, more important, posting them online. If you don’t already have a blog, Writer makes it easy to create one that’s hosted by Microsoft for free. 
When you first open Writer, you’re asked to set up your new blog. After the welcome screen, you have to specify where on the Web you want your blog to live:
  • If you don’t already have a blog account, click “I don’t have a blog; create one on Windows Live for me.” You’re asked for your Windows Live name and password. Then, after a moment, Writer will create a brand-new blog Web site for you on Microsoft’s free Windows Live blogging service.
  • If you already have a blog account, either on one of Microsoft’s sites (Windows Live Spaces or SharePoint) or one of its rivals (Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, or some other site), click the appropriate button. When you click Next, you’re asked for the blog’s Web address and your account name and password.
There’s no reason you can’t maintain multiple blog accounts. Just choose Tools->Accounts at any time, and click Add to add on a new account. Then, after a moment, you name your new blog (“Cat Diaries” or whatever)—and then you’re ready to begin writing! The process goes like this:
  • Make up a title for your post. Each new post (mini-article) on your blog needs a title. Type it into the “Enter a post title” headline box.
  • Write. Go ahead and type or paste into the big empty, white box. You can use the formatting tools on the toolbar to dress up the formatting. (Don’t miss the first pop-up menu at the left, which offers different canned styles for headings.)
  • Add pictures, links, tables, or videos. You can add a link to another Web page by clicking the “Insert hyperlink” button, drop in a photo by clicking the “Insert picture” button, or even insert a table (“Insert table”). In fact, you can even insert a video or a map, using the Insert pop-up menu at the right end of the toolbar.
Tip: When you click a photo you’ve inserted, the options pane at the right side of the window changes. It now offers all kinds of options: You can make your text wrap around the photo, you can add a drop shadow border, and so on. On the Advanced tab, you can even change the size of the photo, crop it, rotate it, or adjust its contrast. The Effects tab even lets you apply cheesy special effects, like Black and White, Sharpen, Emboss, and so on.

When it’s all over, and everything looks good, and you’ve checked your spelling (choose Tools -> Check Spelling), and you’ve clicked Preview to see what the thing will look like on the Web, you can publish your little writeup for your fans worldwide to enjoy. Just click Publish on the toolbar (or choose File - > Publish to Blog). After a moment, your Web browser opens, with your fresh, hot, piping blog post in all its glory. Now all you have to do is send the address of your blog to your friends and loved ones so your fan base can start to grow.
The free Windows Live blog-hosting service is very nice. It lets people leave comments about your writings, subscribe to RSS feeds of them (automated summaries), sign up to have your posts sent to their cellphones, and more. Of course, rival services like Blogger (Google’s similar free service) do the same thing. It’s a glorious world for the cheapskate blogger.


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