Open Live Writer: Blogging tool for Bloggers on Windows OS

Note: Windows live writer is now available as Open live writer & is open-source now. Download for free from here.

As a blogger, sometimes we are bound to use many desktop blogging tools and software. One of them is Open live writer which is a desktop blogging tool and one of my favourite Windows blogging tool. I have been using live writer from a long time and after using it, I can recommend to everyone and the best part is Windows live writer is a free tool.

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What is Open Live writer?

The Open live writer is a desktop blogging tool for bloggers to publish their blog content directly from the desktop. It supports major blogging platform like

Blogspot, WordPress, Self hosted WordPress blog,  Sharepoint.

What are the benefits of using Open live writer?

  • Blog post scheduling
  • WYSIWYG Editor (What you see is what you get)
  • Automatic save
  • Offline Editing
  • HTML editing
  • Manage multiple blogs

There is numerous feature of Open live writer a.k.a OLW, which will make your blogging easier.

I started using Windows live writer after two months of Blogging and after that, it becomes my favorite Blogging tool. Especially if you are using WordPress as your Blogging platform, you will fall in love with Windows live writer. You can add tags, categories right from your desktop.

Along with all the above features, image editing (resizing, effect, Cropping ) is very easy.

If you have not tried windows live writer till now, I will suggest download it and try it.

Download Free Open Live Writer (For Windows only)

Do let us know if you are using Open live writer and what do you like the most about OLW? Also, if you are new to OLW, you might like to read: How to configure Open Live Writer with WordPress blog.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

19 thoughts on “Open Live Writer: Blogging tool for Bloggers on Windows OS”

  1. @harsh
    I am using Windows Live writer since a long time and I am very happy with it when compared to blog editor comes with blogspot blog.

  2. Tech @ InkAPoint

    Well Live Writer still have lot of problems. But it is a good one for many bloggers.

  3. George Serradinho

    I have not tried it, but might now after you have mentioned it. I seem to be learning a lot from you 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this info.

  4. I love Windows live writer, apart from working in offline mode i found the most vibrant feature is inserting video,it is very very fast, also we can add technorati tags though there are lots of wordpress plugins also available for that one, also we can install some great plugins for WLW like Zemanta,Snagit to make our blogging much easier, older tag suggestion is also a nice feature, overall i love WLW and i cant imagine any blog posting without it. Full point to you Harsh for writing on this topic.

  5. All you do is download, install the program, login, write a blog entry, click publish. The program automatically logs in and posts your blog entry.

    The best thing I like is It Uploads the Images Automatically..

    Plus there are so many features….

  6. Windows live writer is a must tool for bloggers. I can’t even imagine writing a single post without it.
    No one can beat WLW.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @ Mayur
      I go with you on this. Once I started using WLW I never looked back to default dashboard to write post.

  7. Great tool harsh.I tried it once.Actually i was used to post from my mobile so i couldn’t take full advantage of it.
    One such great software to post from mobile is ‘trutap’.It is lightning fast with some great features.The only problem is the word limit but it is still handy tool compared to email blogging.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Ricky and I’m sure you must have enjoyed using WLW.
      never heard of truetap. will give it a try.

  8. I am not very fond of Live Writer. Instead I would recommend ScribeFire, This is an add on to Firefox. I wonder if you could compare the two and let is know your opinion.

  9. I’ve been using Windows Live Writer for a while and it’s great but I can’t figure out how to put those social networking tabs to follow each of my blog posts. Can you help?

    1. @Ciaoch There are few addons for the windows live writer. Though I will suggest integrate social bookmarking icons on template. You can use plugins like sexy bookmarks and so on.

  10. Is there a way I can adjust the line height in WLW, when I publish, I see the line heights are too high.

    Also let me know whether you use HTML or XHTML as default in WLW settings?

  11. Hey Harsh,
    I have windows 8 and will try these. I really liked like writer.just write it in one click whenever you have something in mind and share it with your readers after that. useful tool.
    Thanks buddy for letting us know.

  12. Hello, Mr Agrawal.
    I too love WLW for its ease of use. But I also find that new Blogger is equally good, although it was most trying when it upgraded from the old Blogger which was about the easiest to use at that time. I used to use both WLW and Blogger at the same time as there were features in each that I found better in the other. And I could post in either Blogger or WLW and use the other one to edit any post. But now that is impossible. With WLW, I can create and post and edit only those posts created in WLW but not those created in Blogger. On the other hand, I can use Blogger to edit posts created in WLW (but sadly WLW cannot edit it subsequently). So I now create with WLW and edit with Blogger. A good halfway but not the best way. I would appreciate any help that you and your followers can give me. Thank you.

  13. I have been using WLW for some time now and I recommend it to anyone who wants make their blogging life easier!

    1. That is right WLW is great and you can write all your posts very easy with out loading WP Admin or Blogger JS and HTML files, I loved WLW but I hate that is not open source yet, I’m a C# so I made my own Live Writer for WordPress, I call it deskpress live writer

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