This is the next post in my series on Microsoft Live Writer. This post will talk about the basics of posting and similar functions. While these are basic functions its great to know comprehensively just how to use the program. To use the most basics of Live Writer, you only need to use the bar at the top left and to write your post in the main box.
The way to put your blog post up on your website is simple. As soon as it is ready hit the publish button.
Opening previous posts
To open a post you have already made press the open button. On some platforms, such as Wordpress the option to make pages is possible. These pages can be opened and editted from here also.
Once you click the open button it brings up another dialog, with two main panes – one on the right for the posts, the left pane showing where you are looking. The first option in this navigation pane is your Drafts (see below); the second is your recent posts; following this whichever blogs you have signed up to. More on that in the next post. In short find where is your post you want to open is – is it a draft, did you post on your blog already? If so select your blog on the left and scroll down on the right to open the right post. As you can see below you can also delete any of your posts – note this will take it down from your blog.
Saving Draft Copies
If you’re not quite ready with your post and want to work on it at another time save it as a draft, the same way you would to an email. The save draft button will do just that. If you click the button normally it saves the post to your computer but if you click on the down arrow you can select to save the draft to your blog. This will mean it will be available on your blog, stored, but not viewable by the public.
As a small aside don’t forget saved drafts appear on the right task pane above your recent posts. This is handy and can act as a check list so you can work through your drafts and finish them quickly.
While I wasn’t originally going to mention this but to make a new post, for example if you have opened an older post to edit or read through and then decide to post again etc. simply click the final button on that bar. New.