Pasting tables into Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is the best blogging software period.  End of story. 

The only thing that I have not been able to figure out in the past was how to paste tables into WLW.  I would start out with a nice table in Excel, just like the following:


However, after pasting into Windows Live Writer, all of the table and formatting would be gone, like this:


Very frustrating!  Fortunately, I learned the solution from one of the WLW Devs today...

You can use ‘Paste Special’ to get this done if you’d like- just copy from Excel and use Crl+Shift+V (or edit>Paste Special) and choose ‘keep formatting’. Our default html handling currently strips tables since pasting from web pages so often includes tables for layout.

Why didn't I think of that?! When you hit Ctrl-Shift-V, you get the following dialogue box.


Choose "Keep Formatting", and VOILA!  You have a nice table in your blog post.  Huzzah!

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Comments (3)

  1. Pebblekeeper~Angie says:

    JUST what I was looking for. I was trying to create tables in WLW and getting frustrated. I'm going to go create them somewhere else and paste them in. 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  2. wlp says:

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