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Using Windows Live Writer

Getting started using Windows Live Writer with your CodePlex project is fairly simple. You can download Windows Live Writer here.

To start editing a page add a new “blog account” by selecting “Blogs > Add blog account…”.


Select “Other Blog Service”, and enter your project URL, your CodePlex username and CodePlex password.

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Clicking the “Next >” button, Windows Live Writer will connect to your project page and retrieve all of the necessary information it requires to post entries.

Note: Windows Live Writer may prompt you to post a temporary entry to try and detect the themes. You can skip this step, as allowing it to run will not produce any different results. If you do allow this step to run, the temporary entry will be deleted for you.

When the setup process has finished, Windows Live Writer will allow you to nickname the account and switch to using it immediately.


Now that your CodePlex project is setup as an account, you have access to open wiki pages, edit wiki pages, and create new wiki pages.

Creating New Content
Clicking on “File –> New post” will open an empty space for you to start writing your wiki content. Enter a unique title, and start writing your content.


When you have finished editing your content, click the “Publish” button. This will create a new wiki page in your project titled “Demo Page”. Visiting your project page, you can click on the “Change History (all pages)” link to find that page that was just created.


Editing Existing Content
Clicking on “File –> Open” and selecting your project will query the CodePlex servers to retrieve all of your current wiki pages, regardless if they’re currently in Wiki Markup or Html Markup.


Note: If you select an existing wiki page that is in Wiki Markup, it will be auto-converted to Html Markup for you. After saving the page, it will be Html Markup going forward.

At this point, Windows Live Writer opens that wiki page up for editing.


Once you have completed editing your content, click the “Publish” button. This will update the existing wiki page in your project.


Windows Live Writer Q&A

Q: Can I add images to my wiki pages through Windows Live Writer?
A: Yes, images will be uploaded to CodePlex and attached to the wiki page.

Q: Can I add code samples to my wiki pages through Windows Live Writer?
A: Yes, you can use one of the many plugins to insert code. We recommend using Insert Code for Windows Live Writer, Source Code Formatter, or PreCode.

Q: Do I have to use Windows Live Writer?
A: No. Since we implement the MetaWeblog API, you can use any tool that uses this same API.

Q: Can I embed videos or Silverlight applications using Windows Live Writer?
A: No. Similarly to the web based editor, we will ignore this content. We are looking into supporting this in the future, however.

Last edited Aug 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM by Ethetica, version 4