Windows Live Writer Plugins:The Text Template

 

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Introduction

This posts describes the very handy upgrade to Windows Live Writer – the plugin Text Template.  This easy to use feature allows you to set up a complete post template, as I do, or you can add  snip-its, sections of text and HTML coding that can be quickly added to your posts.

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is a very useful tool for bloggers. It allows you to write blogs off-line in a cut-down Word environment. You can send your work directly to your blog, save the work to draft or you can save your work on your computer’s disk.

The interface is superior to that of the WordPress Add Post and Edit Post features. It allows formatting, linking, a great image handling facility, add video, emoticons, a quality spell-checker and much, much more.  I am now a convert and most of my posts, including this one, are now written using the package.

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Using the Plugin

Really easy.

Click Insert on the top menu.

Click  the       Text Template icon in the  Plug-ins  section

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You’ll the see the Text Template displayed.

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In my case I have only made one template  blogbasics-main.

Just a double click and the extensive template is then placed into my open  Live Writer document.

This template adds some hidden html to insert a table to layout out an image and a code that triggers a WordPress to process and insert a table of contents.

The template also contains some of my standard blog headings, such as Introduction.

Setting up a Template or Snip-it

Click Insert on the top menu.

Click  the       Text Template icon in the  Plug-ins  section

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You’ll the see the Text Template displayed.

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Click        Add Template

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Add a title

Add Text and/or HTML

Unless you are going to add a large number of Snip-its I suggest ignoring the category, for classification and the icon.

Click the       Accept button.

An example

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I’ve added the snip-it    Signature

Which provides the following signature

Happy Blogging

Paul Odtaa
Blogbasics.com

To Install the Plugin Text Template

 

Go direct the the Text Template link

Text Template  –  Download Link

Click  the      Download Now button

Follow the instructions and then activate the downloaded plugin, which will be installed on your computer.  You will need to approve the prompts given by the system.

Browse the plugins

Select the    Insert Menu

Click    Add plug-in

Scroll through plugins until you come across  Text Template

Click  the      Download Now button

Follow the instructions and then activate the downloaded plugin, which will be installed on your computer.  You will need to approve the prompts given by the system.

 

 

To Edit Your Text Template

 

Going through the same process as using the template.  That is

Click Insert on the top menu.

Click  the       Text Template icon in the  Plug-ins  section

The available templates will be displayed.

Select the appropriate template by clicking on it.

Click     Edit Template

Change text, add or remove code.

Click the       Accept button to confirm the changes.

 

To Delete a Template

 

Click Insert on the top menu.

Click  the       Text Template icon in the  Plug-ins  section

The available templates will be displayed.

Select the appropriate template by clicking on it.

Click     Delete Template

Confirm you want to delete the template.

Our Links

Blog Basics: Windows Live Writer overview

Blog Basics: Windows Live Writer – Managing Pictures

Live Write Basics:  A lot of useful tis on Live Writer

 

Over to You

Do you know any other good tips for Live Writer?   Do you know any other productivity tips for bloggers?  Are you likely to be using the plugin?

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