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How to Add a "Post Draft to Blog" Button to Windows Live Writer Beta

Have you had trouble finding the option to post a draft to your blog in the new Windows Live Writer beta?  Here’s a trick that will let you post a draft post to your blog in one click.

The Problem

If you use Live Writer as the primary way you write for your blog, chances are you post draft articles to your blog fairly frequently.  Face it; even on our best days, most of us make a mistake, so it’s often best to post a draft, then read over it later and make sure it sounds good before publishing it to the world.

This used to be quite easy; in the old version of Live Writer, you could click a down arrow beside the Save draft button in the toolbar, and select Post draft to blog.  Two clicks.

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The new Windows Live Writer beta, unfortunately, makes it harder.  There’s no Post draft to blog button visible on the main ribbon toolbar.

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Instead, you have to open the File menu, select the arrow beside save, and then click Post draft to blog.  If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you could press Alt+F+V+B, but that’s a crazily long shortcut to press every time.

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The Solution

Thankfully, all application with the Ribbon interface make it easy to put frequently used commands in an easily accessible Quick Access Toolbar in the left side of the window border.  Simply find the command you want in the ribbon or File menu, right-click it, and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

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Now you can post a draft post to your blog in one click!  That’s even better than the old version.

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If you’re not fond of the buttons being on the top of the window, right-click the toolbar and select Show Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon.

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Now your post draft button is right above your article title, so it’s quick and easy to post the draft.

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Conclusion

Although the ribbon interface is a nice addition to Live Writer, it can be annoying to have to open the File menu every time you want to post an article draft to your blog.  With this simple trick, however, you can customize Live Writer just like you want.  In fact, now it takes less clicks to post a draft to your blog; with the old edition of Live Writer, you had to click twice to post a draft.  If there’s any other tool you’d like easier access to in Live Writer, note that you can add anything in Live Writer to the Quick Access Toolbar this way.

For more information about the Windows Live Writer Beta, check out our Screenshot Tour of the new Windows Live Essentials Beta.

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  • Published 07/7/10

Comments (5)

  1. Graeme

    What is the point of posting a draft to the blog? If you’re not ready to post it, don’t post it. You said “it’s often best to post a draft, then read over it later and make sure it sounds good before publishing it to the world.” That’s what Live Writer is for – why post it as a draft, then proofread it, then go to your blog and post it again? Proofread it in Live Writer and then post it when it’s done. I’ve been using Live Writer for over a year and have never posted a draft once.

  2. The Geek

    @Graeme

    There’s loads of reasons to post a draft to the blog:

    – You work for a multi-author blog and don’t have access to publish, so you have to submit things as draft.
    – You want to work on the post later from another PC.
    – You need to make some edits in the WordPress Editor because of various plugins.
    – You don’t have the future post schedule in front of you, so it’s easier to publish as draft and figure that out in WordPress
    – Plenty of other reasons.

  3. Garrett Gitchell

    @Graeme
    I always post to blog first because live writer does not give tag suggestions (categories yes tags no). I have to post a draft and then use my wordpress theme to pick tags.
    For me this post is a big timesaver. This was driving me crazy.
    Thanks.

  4. tack

    @Garrett Gitchell
    Oh, my live writer suggests tags to me even I type an alphabet. Why don’t you check the version? Mine’s build number is 15.3.2804.607 and this article is really good to me too.

  5. Garrett Gitchell

    @tack Mine suggest too…if you type in the first letter. The categories come up as a list that you can just check. Admittedly the tag list would be incredibly long. With a draft post I can just click on the cloud display for my WordPress theme.

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