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How to Delete a Windows Live Writer Blog Theme and Use the Default View Instead

Windows Live Writer has a great feature that detects the style of your blog and allows you to write posts in a way that looks similar to your site, but sometimes it goes wrong, and there’s no easy way to fix it.

Here’s how to delete the cached blog theme so that Windows Live Writer will use the default non-themed view, which maximizes the amount of space you have to write.

Downloaded Theme Gone Wrong

Here’s an example of a blog theme that just didn’t work right—look at all that space over there on the left side of the screen. Awful!

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The Default Non-Themed View

This is the default view without a blog theme applied, and it maximizes the amount of space that you have to write. Much better.

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How to Delete a Cached Blog Theme

To get rid of the theme files and use the default view instead, you can open up Windows Explorer and paste in the following to the location bar:

%appdata%\Windows Live Writer\blogtemplates

This will show a list of the blogs that you’ve got setup in Windows Live Writer, but sadly they are all in GUID folders so you’ll have to explore to figure out which one is which—for my purposes, I had just added the last one, so I chose the folder with the latest date.

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Once you get into the folder, you can see all of the cached files, and if you open some of the index.htm files in a browser, you’ll be able to figure out which one is which.

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Simply delete all the files in this folder—you might want to make a backup first, of course—and then close Windows Live Writer and open it up again. You’ll see the default view.

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This tip probably won’t help that many people, but it’s something that I’ve used numerous times in the last year and figured I would share.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/8/10

Comments (8)

  1. Philip Churchill

    If you are using the latest beta version of Windows Live Writer (2011) than there is an earier way of doing this. Just click the “Blog Account” tab next to the “Home” and “Insert” tabs and click the “Blog theme” icon to toggle between either the blogs theme layout or the default view instead – Job done.

  2. lehenryjr

    I believe this is a helpful post, but the thing with doing this is that you don’t have control over the width of the template on that level. Most blogs have a posting area that’s set specifically at so many px [600px] and Windows Live Writer doesn’t offer this on the ‘no theme’ editing.

    But you can edit the default theme and make this easier on yourself.
    http://www.lehsys.com/2010/02/windows-live-writer-creating-a-custom-template/

    It’s actually very easy to change/setup.

    I hope this helps…

    Until next time,
    LEHenryJr

  3. ScottIsAFool

    This isn’t even just something for 2011, you can do it in the old school version too. Just go to Edit (or View) > and untick where it says use theme.

    @scottisafool

  4. ArtMediaRush

    Who say for me, what for it’s Windows Live Writer blog? Because, I don’t understand, if we can use CMS for create of own Blog.

  5. Anon A Mus

    It seems if I create a post for my Live Journal blog, Live Writer shows the font smaller than when it’s actually published. This only happens with Live Journal whether I have default theme on or not. Live Writer shows My Word Press and Blogger text very well. Is anyone else having this issue?

  6. ArtMediaRush

    Thank you for this explanation. Now, I understand that.

  7. mickeymicks

    thanks ScottIsAFool for pointing that out!
    live writer just can’t seem to get my blogger background color right.
    it makes the bg and font color the same shade. really annoying.
    it’s in “View->Edit using theme”, btw.

  8. andreaally

    Thanks very much for posting this, it helped me with one issue of Live Writer.
    2nd Issue (if you can help) How do I delete a Blog account from Live Writer?
    I’ve tried the easy way by what you’d think would work (trying delete button) but it’s greyed out and won’t accept it…I want to get rid of an old blog, but don’t have a new one yet…
    any ideas???

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