How2’s Guide to Open Live Writer

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I use OLW (Open Live Writer) a lot, as I maintain 4 different WordPress blog sites. I didn’t realise that one could download the OLW through Microsoft Store. Many of the problems people seem to have doesn’t happen in the non-Microsoft OLW. Just get it from source and install it.

Much easier and no snooping and Microsoft Control.

What is Open Live Writer

Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open We Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.

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The History of Live Writer

There used two competing Live Writers. The original WLW (Windows Live Writer) from Microsoft (2006). In 2014 Microsoft released the WLW as open source which was the beginning of the open source “Open Live Writer” (by .Net). Already in its early days it proved to be more reliant and flexible than the original Live Writer.

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Using OLW

As you can see it looks like a normal Windows APP, and you can use the basic hotkeys as well as the “ribbon” icons. I just love the ability to easy cut and paste text into the text-area – with pictures, quotes, highlights …. and then release the creation straight from the desktop App to WP (WordPress) or any of the other blogging sites.

If you support more than one Blog the OLW switches easily from one blog site to another. No logging in and manoeuvring through the online Blogging Apps menus.

One last thing, not quite about the OLW but still somewhat related. In WP, when you’ve published your blog, WP doesn’t anymore automatically publish your blog on the common Facebook site so you’ll have to login to WP and retrieve a “short URL” from your blog, and self-publish it on your Facebook remembering to write some text first.
Ie “please click this link … to see …”

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