This post was first published over at Ask Ludwig, but it fits the topic and is still current so I am reposting it here.
Windows Live Writer is an amazingly powerful, yet simple to use tool for preparing blog posts. If you are not using it, you should! Get it here: explore.live.com/windows-live-writer.
To connect Writer to your WordPress blog (other blogs connect just as simple) proceed as follows:
At first time use, Writer walks the user through the setup procedure.
The next dialog ask about what service you are using.
In this case click WordPress. If you are using another service, this is where to make the selection.
For the web address enter the name of your blog followed by the blog service address, like this:
The dialog will add the http:// prefix, you need not worry about it.
Writer will set up the blog and download the template, “theme”, information from your blog.
This is how Writer will then use the layout, color scheme, fonts, etc. to be able to make writing posts a simple wysiwyg (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) process.
There is an option to “Share my blog on Windows Live”. Click this to make this connection.
Your browser will open. You will need to sign in to your Windows Live service.
Another windows ask for confirmation to connect WordPress to Windows Live.
Click the Connect button or Cancel should you wish to skip this feature.
You can then close the browser and continue in Writer.
Writer opens with the theme loaded. Here is an illustration of such an initial window:
Note the window color, font, headers, etc. all there just as you have defined them by the theme you set up.
All you need to do now is enter a post title, the actual post text and click Publish (on the Home tab) to get the post on your blog. It really is that simple.
Note: If you want to configure an additional blog or skipped the initial configuring, click File (the button in upper left), then Options, then Accounts. There is an Add button, click that and it takes you to the “What blog service…” dialog as illustrated above.
Notice the Blog Account tab on the Windows Live Writer Ribbon. Click that and you have access to your blog and your blog account. Click Dashboard and your browser opens and takes you right to your WordPress dashboard (you may have to sign in, set the “remember me” options to get right in on future visits).
Note: If you are using another blog service, these option may be different or some may be missing.
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