Friday, April 15, 2011

Cool Windows Live Writer Tip of the [whatever] - Changing the location where your drafts and recent posts are stored with one click...

LEHSYS - How to change the Drafts and Recent Posts folder in Windows Live Writer 2011

"Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.] If you're a blogger you'll find this tool incredibly helpful- and it's refreshingly free from Microsoft.

One of the things that’s a hindrance to the application; it doesn’t let you choose where you want to put your drafts and recent posts.

But ah-ha! Seems after years of asking, there’s a registry hack for Windows Live Writer that’ll allow you to save your Drafts and Recent posts anywhere you’d like you…

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But WAIT, if you act now… you can get— this!

Microsoft is lazy. They know how to fix it and they could code it really quick, but they like watching people squirm throughout registry, hoping they’ll muck something up. That’s just wrong…

So, I wrote this; it performs the same functions you’ve seen there, to add the alternate location to the registry. You can do the previous steps manually, or do them with this… it’s up to you.

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Nice! I love developers... Whereas some would be happy with the a reghack, we instead take the extra time and effort to make something that's hidden or hard, easy and simple.

This can be used to make your Windows Live Writer usage easier and consistant. Think mapping WLW on multiple machines to a single network share for these files (which Scott (@scottisafool) and the Larry Henry, the author (@lehsys), have recently tweeted about doing), or sync'ing/mesh'ing/cloud'ing the files, etc.

Hat tip to Scott (@scottisafool) for the tip about this.

1 comment:

Larry Henry Jr. said...

Thanks Greg. I appreciate the comments- and I hope the information really helps a lot of other Windows Live Writer users!

Happy blogging!

Until next time,
Larry Henry Jr.
LEHSYS.com