Original Sized screenshots with Windows Live Writer


This particular blog post is the result of some testing using Windows Live Writer, and how it behaves for images that are pasted.  In essence, I now have the default set to preserve the original image and upload it, but create a medium sized version for the blog post.  That wasn’t the default.

How do you do that?  Well, the key button is highlighted and selected below.  Get a picture set the way you want it manually, then click the “Set to default” button.  The next time you create a blog post and paste a picture in, it will apply those settings.  It’s as if a macro runs when the paste happens.


In my case it becomes really obvious because I currently have my pics set to center alignment.  When I paste the pic, it dances form left to center.  Pretty cool looking and a nice visual that it’s working properly.  This does not work if you are pasting from some sources where you’ve used the “keep formatting” paste option.

This feature is present in the current shipping version of Windows Live Writer.  It is also present in the beta at http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta.  Enjoy.

Comments (4)

  1. MyGeekDaddy says:

    Hoping you'll pass along the magic you used to set these preferences.  So far the only way I've been able to have WLW do this is when you use the 'Insert Image' command.

  2. Keith Combs says:

    I was thinking of doing a screencast on it because it will capture the before and after effectively. Stay tuned…

  3. Mike Blane says:

    I wrote this blog entry – mikeblane.spaces.live.com/…/cns!25FBED687A2B871F!376.entry – on my blog using Windows Live Writer, and I was able to save the screenshots at the original size.

    I also have a Windows 7 Theme from the STS-125 mission that's available from there.  It contains all of the images that you see in the blog entry.

  4. Kyler Windows Outreach Team says:

    Cool post!  Just one of the many tricks possible with the new Windows Live.

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