Windows Live Writer basics

Here's how to set up your blog, create blog posts, and add photos, videos, and maps to tell your story. Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, and TypePad.

Create a new blog and add it to Writer

If you don't already have a blog, click Add blog account, and then click Create a new blog. Next, follow a few steps to go to the WordPress website and create your blog. After you create your blog, click the Set up in Writer button on the website. This will automatically set up Writer for you.

Add a blog that you already have

If you already have a blog account, click Add blog account, and then follow the steps to set up your blog in Writer.

Screenshot of the Add a blog dialog box in Windows Live Writer
Add your blog in just a few steps.

Give your post a title

Type a title for your post where it says Enter a post title.

Screenshot of a title in Windows Live Writer
Type a title for your post.

Start writing your story

Type your story in the post window. If you want to format the text, use the commands in the ribbon. Create headings by using the options in the HTML styles group. Change the style of a font by using the options in the Font group.

Screenshot of text in the post window in Windows Live Writer
Simply write your story by typing in the post window.

Add photos

Click Picture, and then click to add a single picture from your PC or the web, or a thumbnail preview of photos from an album on OneDrive. After you choose the pictures that you want to add, they'll appear in your post.

Thumbnail preview of photos from an album on OneDrive
Thumbnail preview of photos in a blog post.

Add online videos

Open a web browser and find a link to a video that you want to display from a popular video service such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and Metacafe. Just copy and paste the link in the post, and a video preview will appear automatically.

Video preview in a blog post in Windows Live Writer
Video preview in a blog post.

Add a Bing map

When you know the location you want to add, click the Insert tab, and then click Map. In the Find location box, type an address or location, and then press Enter.

Bing Map dialog box in Windows Live Writer
Type an address or location.

To choose the kind of map that you want, click the drop-down list, click Road, Aerial, or Bird's eye, and then click Insert.

Bing Map in Bird's eye view in Windows Live Writer
Choose Road, Aerial, or Bird's eye view for your map.

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