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Where Does Live Writer Store Themes


I recently changed my theme to one that has a dark background with light content areas and discovered that Windows Live Writer, the blog editor I use to compose my blogs, doesn’t pick up the style for the content area when it decides what to display in the editor window.

Surely, this can’t be that hard to fix.  But where does Live Writer store the template information?  And can I change the information without mangling the “Preview” display?

The first took a quick search on Google, where I found How to Manually Edit Blog Styles for Windows Live Writer.  The problem is, the article was written for Windows XP and I’m using Windows 7.  It didn’t map all that well.

For those of you using XP, the answer is:

C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Application Data\Windows Live Writer\blogtemplates\

For Windows 7 and I assume Vista, the answer is:

C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Roaming\Windows Live Writer\blogtemplates\

There will be a separate directory with a GUID for a directory name for each update.  Your job is to figure out which is yours.  Just do an update again and look for the most recent time stamp.

Inside the GUID directory is two other directories with the CSS and images for your site. One seems to control the Edit view and the other seems to control the Preview view.

You’ll need to do a little trial and error, but all you really need to do is find the CSS for the BODY tag in the style sheet (or one of the style sheets) and change it to a lighter color.

Other places talking about Windows Live Writer

How to Install and Setup Windows Live Writer – A window will appear asking which Windows Live programs you want to install. You are welcome to install any or all of the programs, but the one you need is Writer. Uncheck the programs that you don’t want to install. …

Windows Live Writer and Movable Type – Martin Woodward – I’ve been an avid Windows Live Writer user since the early days, and for many years I’ve used Moveable Type for my personal blog. The reason I went with Moveable Type was initially because that was what some of the other blogs that I …

Manage Comments on your WordPress Blog with Windows Live Writer – This article describes a plug-in that will help you manage comments on your WordPress blog from within Windows Live Writer. You can approve new comments, reject comments or mark as spam from withing Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer: Essential for Bloggers | Windows 7 News – Windows Live Writer is quite possibly my favorite tool in the Windows Live Essentials package. When I found it I had just started my own blog with a couple of college buddies, and we were looking for a good freeware editor – copying and …

Ribbon UI and Windows Live Writer | mynetx – Windows Live Enhanced – As Windows Live Writer, as part of the Windows Live Essentials, also offers rich text and content editing, shouldn’t the ribbon be introduced to Writer as well? Compare the following two screenshots of Windows Live Movie Maker, …

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  • http://blog.jpwebdevelop.com José Pablo

    If I can remember rigth, you can let Live Writer to update automacticly your new theme? Check for it on the configuration for your blog, last time i change my blog’s theme, live writer could get it rigth

    • Dave

      Try using a theme with body{background: black;} and the content area white with black text. I’ve had several themes that don’t work. For example the theme I’m using on this blog now. And yes, I’m using the most recent version of LW