Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tips & Tools: Windows Live Writer

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(She’s wearing one of the Big Bow Headbands I made her. LOVE these! They also make great ear warmers in cold weather!)

 

I’ve been a little absent lately around here thanks to this adorable little bundle. She’s two months old now and, thankfully for me, has decided she’s content to play on her own and doesn’t need to be held at all times anymore! And that means more time for actually making things other than milk these days. Ah, I’m definitely feeling human again. Lucky for her she’s super cute, so I haven’t really missed the creative side of my life.

 

Ok, now that we’ve somewhat caught up a bit on where I’ve been, on to the real post!

 

Do you blog? I mean craft/family/coupon/anything you post to a blog site online? Do you use Blogger? Have you gotten a message recently that you have used up all your available photo storage space for your blog and have to pay to add any more? Do you get frustrated by your limited editing abilities within bloggers posting site? Do you want to have more control over your photo sizes/watermarks/hyperlinking? Then this post is for you! And, in case you’re wondering, I am in no way paid for this post. It is not sponsored. It is purely about a program I LOVE and I’m confident you’ll love it too. Not to mention, it’s free! (Please note that this program is also compatible with other blog services such as Wordpress, but I’m just not familiar with setting it up for that since I use Blogger.)

 

 

I’ve mentioned this program briefly HERE before. If you have a Windows computer with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3 then you can enjoy it too! And since I’ve found myself commenting to various friends lately on Facebook about how to use this program, I thought I’d go ahead and do a photo tutorial for all of you! I use this program on a very regular basis… I have three different blogs synced up with it—this one, my family blog and my blog where I wrote a few articles and hopefully will eventually do more.

 

I don’t know if I’ve never received the message about too many photos because of Live Writer, but I’m thinking they might be connected because I know I have more pictures up on this site than many of my friends who do their family blogs.

 

Ok, let’s get started. First, go HERE to download Windows Live Writer.

 

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I can’t remember if when you first open the program it automatically has you enter your blog info or not, but if it doesn’t, or if you’re wanting to add additional blogs, you’ll see the drop down menu next to the publish button. Select “Add Blog Account”.

 

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Select your blog service. For example, I use Blogger so I select, “Other Services” and then click “Next.”

 

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Enter your blog information. Don’t forget to check the “Remember my password” box.

 

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Click “Finish” and you’re set.

 

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I don’t remember if it has you sync your blog theme/look or not at that point with adding a new blog (I just added one I already had to show you this). One of my favorite things about Live Writer is that it syncs with the look/format of your blog, so as you’re writing your post it looks exactly like it’ll appear on the blog—font, picture size, background, etc. If it doesn’t automatically have you sync the blog theme, click on the “Blog Account” tab and select “Update Theme” (not the one highlighted in the picture above).

 

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This means it’s working.

 

Then you’re set to write your post!

 

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Start by writing your post title. Just enter it in the box titled “Enter a post title.”

 

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Add your text by simply typing in the body portion of the screen. You can then add pictures as you go…

 

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Select the “Insert” tab at the top, then click on “Pictures” and select “From Your Computer.”

 

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You can add one picture at a time and then write, then add another picture. Or, you can do it like I typically prefer to do and add them all at once.

 

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I just do the same thing in going to insert/picture/select from computer. Then, in my folder window I hold the control key and select all the pictures I want. This screen will come up, and you’ll want to select the “Inline pictures” option. Give it a second for all the pictures to insert. They might look distorted or pixilated for a few seconds, so just wait before getting worried.

 

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They all are small and right next to each other, so I then go through and add a line or two between pictures. Just use your arrow keys to scroll from picture to picture.

 

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I usually wait until I’m done with my post to resize my pictures because then I can see more as I’m writing.

 

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Then I add my text.

 

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Select all and center it because I like the way it looks like that.

 

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My next step is resizing the images. Click on the image, and then the “Format” tab at the top. In the top left corner is where you can change the dimensions. (You can also crop your images here, but I typically have my images all cropped heading into writing my posts.) Make sure the “Lock Aspect Ratio” is selected, and then adjust either the height or the width using the boxes to the left of that. I have discovered that a 600 wide on landscape pictures works well for the space my posts have. You might do a little playing around to find what you like. On portrait pictures I tend to keep it at a 450 or 500 width so it doesn’t become too long on the post. Go through and change the sizing on all your pictures.

 

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My last editing step is to add a watermark to the photos. One picture at a time select the photo, then under the format tab click on “Watermark”.

 

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Enter you watermark text, select the font, size and location and click OK. Repeat for all your photos.

 

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If you’re wanting to hyperlink anything, simply select the text you’re wanting to link to, click on Hyperlink under the Home tab.

 

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And paste the address of where you’re linking to into the “Web address” box. Make sure you have http:// at the beginning of it or the hyperlink won’t work.

 

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My last two steps are publishing details. Under the home tab I click on the arrow next to “categories” and a drop down menu with all the sorting/tagging categories from the blog appears and I check everything that applies to the post.

 

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And finally, if I’m not wanting to have my post go live immediately, I use the post scheduler feature. Next to the arrow for the categories menu is the “Set post date” box. When you click on it you can select the post date and time. I’m not sure if there is a way to post as a draft, so I just set a further out date for my post date if that’s the case and change it to a draft in Blogger later.

 

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And once I’m all done with the post I hit the big “Publish” button under the Home tab. This window will appear until your post is published at which point it will automatically open in your browser. Once your post is published, if you need to make some edits, you can either do it in Live Writer and just hit publish again, or do it directly in blogger. To see the final product of the post I showed you how I made you can see it HERE.

 

A few other features to pay attention to—you can find out your word count, change other formatting, etc. What I’ve shown in this post are just the functions I use on a regular basis when writing my posts.

 

I hope this helps simplify your blogging! This is a program my husband had to remind me of several times before I finally agreed to try it out and I’ve LOVED it ever since!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Parties I like to link up with:

Transformation Thursday The Sunday Scoop, The Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Making the World Cuter Monday, Weekend Wrap Up, Just Something I Whipped Up, Get Your Craft On, Real Momma, Real Style, Tutorials and Tips Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Make it, Wear It, Show and Tell Saturday, Weekend Bloggy Reading, I’m Crafty Party, Take a Look Tuesday, Simply Link Party, Whatever Goes Wednesday

8 comments:

  1. I use Liver Writer all the time I find it much better than Blogger. One little point though - you can set the watermark as a default so all pictures will have it automatically and save you going back to each one. Check out this blog post to explain how
    http://www.groovypost.com/howto/set-default-watermark-windows-live-writer/

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  2. Thank you so much for doing this post - I got the notification that I could not add any more photos to my blog, so I am going to try it. Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

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  3. Yay! Thanks, Jill! I was just telling your mom this weekend that I hadn't updated my blog lately because I got the notification I couldn't add anymore photos. I will have to see if this program will work with my laptop since I have an apple, and not a windows computer. Great post!!

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  4. This is awesome info,thanks for sharing! Not sure if it will work for me,as I also have an apple computer,but am pinning anyway! After the Holiday rush will be checking to see if it will work on my computer :)

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  5. First of all, I love Reese and her squishy cheeks! She looks like a little doll. Secondly, thank you for this tutorial. Since you recommended Live Writer to me I haven't looked back. I did not know about the Update Theme option. I am loving that! Thanks for the great advice!

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  6. Live writer looks so helpful! Thanks for showing how you use it!
    Also, Reese is totally adorable. =)

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  7. If I was using a PC and could use that program this would have been a great help.

    That little girl of yours is too cute! I love her bow if you decide to put any in your shop please let me know I would love a set for my little girl (4months). I know your tutorial would be helpful if I was the sewing type but I just can't get back into it... all crocheting my way :)

    Oh & I'm so enjoying my yellow two tone infinity scarf from your shop! My husband gave it to me for Christmas and I have worn it all day even though I never changed out of my Christmas jammies lol.

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