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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