How to set up Windows Live Writer to work with blogs outside of Windows Live and have the blog’s activity shown on your Windows Live Profile

Windows Live Writer can work with many blogs in addition to the blogs in Windows Live Spaces.

If you do not already have Windows Live Writer, it can be downloaded as part of Windows Live Essentials, or individually.

As Writer’s download page says, Windows Live Writer can be set up to work with “WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more” in addition to the blog in Windows Live Spaces.

To add your blog to Windows Live Writer, first click on “Blogs” on the Menu Bar. A dropdown menu will appear. Click “Add blog account”:

add blog account

A popup will appear asking you “What blog service do you use?” Unless you are setting up Windows Live or SharePoint blog (Microsoft services) select “Other blog service” and click “Next”:

what blog service

Fill in the details of your blog service including the web address, username and password, then click “Next”:

add blog account II

You will see this:

setting up blog

Shortly, you will be asked if you want to allow Writer to detect the theme of your blog. This allows you to write your blog and let you see exactly how it will look once it is posted. Once you are all set up, select “View” on the Menu Bar and make sure “Edit Using Theme” is selected in order to use it. Select “Yes” or “No” below:

create a

Once your blog is set up, you are asked to give your blog a nick name. This is helpful if you have more than one blog. You are also asked if you want to show your blog’s activity in your Windows Live profile:

blog has been set up

If you do choose to share your blog with your Windows Live, you will next see this confirmation test asking you to share updates:

share updates?

Next, you will see this page listing your new blog on your Web Activities page:

web activites

Since my new WordPress blog uses tags, there is a place to add tags. (This is not available for use with Windows Live Spaces blog):

set tags 

Please note: If you install WordPress.org in your own domain, you must allow “Remote Publishing” in wp-admin/Settings/Writing. Select “Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols”. (Other services probably have a similar setting.):

Remote publishing 

Enjoy using Windows Live Writer in your blog!

Special thanks to Windows 7 Snipping Tool and Paint for helping me write this post. I could not have done it without you!

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