Windows Live Writer – Continue writing anywhere


I have been using Windows Live Writer for creating my posts for a while now, but just recently learned that you can actually change where WLW is storing drafts and recent posts. Changing this requires you to “hack” the registry, but doing that enables you to save your posts in SkyDrive so that you can continue working on your posts on any device that has access to your SkyDrive account.

It’s actually a really simple procedure:

  1. Create a folder in your SkyDrive, for example: FierceDesign Posts
  2. Open regedit (WIN+R and type regedit)
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Writer
  4. Right-click the Writer folder in left pane and select New > String Value
  5. Name the resource key: PostsDirectory
  6. Double-click the PostDirectory key to change its value and past the url to your folder you created in step 1, in my case: C:\Users\<USERNAME>\SkyDrive\FierceDesign Posts


Now when you start WLW and save drafts they are stored in SkyDrive so that you can continue on your drafts from anywhere. Very nice!

Since I use WLW and have by blog on wordpress and have source code sections I use the following plugin to WLW to get nice code formatting. There might be better plugins out there but this one has worked for me :)

Happy coding and blogging!

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