Thursday, 8 December 2011

Blog to SharePoint with Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is a great tool for creating blog posts to SharePoint just as easily as you create a document in Microsoft Word. 

This blog post demonstrates how to download, install and use Windows Live Writer.

Download and install Windows Live

(You may need help from IT Support to complete this step)

Download Windows Live Writer from http://explore.live.com/windows-live-writer 

A small file will download which then downloads the entire Windows Live installation package.

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Deselect all options except Writer as shown and then click install.

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Connect to your blog

Before you can do this, make sure you have the URL of your SharePoint blog.

Open Windows Live Writer from the Start Menu.

Click on the Live Writer button, then select Options

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Select Accounts and click on ‘Add’

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Select ‘SharePoint’

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Enter the URL of your blog site

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Windows Live connects to your blog and makes the necessary configuration settings.

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Once complete, you have the option of giving your blog a friendly nickname.  When done, click Finsih

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As you can see, you can have multiple blog accounts

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Click OK to exit blog account setup.

Create a blog post

Click on the Windows Live button and select ‘New Post’ as shown

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Type in the blog post title and body as shown. 

Don’t worry about fonts, font colours or sizes.  These are automatically determined by the blog style settings.

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Inserting images

The best part about Windows Live Writer is the ease with which you can insert pictures into your blog.  You can choose to insert pictures as you would via the insert menu or you can simply paste an image currently on your clip board directly into the document.

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Resizing images

By default, pasted images are automatically resized to a maximum of 240 x 240 pixels which is generally too small. To change the size of a pasted image, click on it once and then select ‘Medium’ as shown.

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The image is subsequently resized.

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It is recommended that you permanently change the default image size to ‘Medium’ by clicking on the resized image and select ‘Set as default’ as shown below.

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Aligning images

You can easily format where the picture should go by using the alignment option

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In the example below we’ll set the image as right aligned.

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Note how the text wraps around the image?  Cool eh?

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Tagging posts

Another great feature is the ability to quickly tag blog posts to categories and add new categories on the fly as shown below.

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Saving draft posts

If you want to save your post and finish or publish it later, you can either save it locally to your computer or as a draft on the SharePoint site.

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Publishing your post

When ready to publish your post, click on the Publish button.

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Windows Live publishes your post

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And it looks beautiful when you view it in SharePoint!

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