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How to Access Windows Live Writer Drafts across Computers


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How to Access Windows Live Writer Drafts across Computers

Many times bloggers use multiple computers to blog and use Windows Live Writer to compose posts. There can be situations when all the PCs may not have Internet connectivity to publish the post to blog or save the draft to blog, which is the most preferred method to access the posts on other computers. When this situation happens, you can access posts written in WLW in another computer by copying the local drafts of Windows Live Writer.

One you complete composing the post, save the draft to local system.

Windows live writer drafts

Local drafts are saved in My Documents in the computer. Windows Live Writer creates a “My Weblog Posts” folder under “My Documents” which has two sub-folders – one with Drafts containing all the unpublished posts and another with Recent Posts that have been published through Windows Live Writer.

WLW drafts WLL drafts folder

You can copy the files and open these drafts in another computer installed with Windows Live Writer and then publish.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at nirmal@nirmaltv.com. You can find Nirmal on , and .

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. venkat

    February 28, 2008 at 1:04 am

    One can also use the Windows Live Writer BackUp Utility To Backup All posts and restore them in a new LW installation.

  2. Madhur Kapoor

    February 28, 2008 at 1:27 am

    This will come in handy when i go home and use a new computer. btw does the saved drafts also store images.

  3. nirmaltv

    February 28, 2008 at 7:54 am

    @Venkat,
    Thanks for that tip.

    @Madhur,
    It saves images also.

  4. Techblissonline Dot Com

    February 28, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    hey i have never these tools though i am hearing a lot about them…are they that good and easy?

  5. Nirmal

    February 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    @Rajesh,
    IF you have not used WLW, I suggest you to start using, its a great tool for blogging

  6. ReviewSaurus

    February 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    yeah, and a small tip from my side too….change the location of my documents and make it somewhere in the other partition and the content will be safe…even if you have to format c drive

  7. Nirmal

    February 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    @Mayank,
    Thanks for the tip, I have already blogged on it.
    http://www.nirmaltv.com/2008/02/01/windows-xp-tips-reorganise-windows-folders/

  8. Jawwad

    February 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Very nice tip venkat. Also we can use the Windows Live Writer Portable.

  9. lehenryjr

    April 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    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…

    http://bit.ly/fiP3Vz

    Happy blogging!

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