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Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer


Windows 7 Essential Training

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Brand new to Windows Live Essentials is Windows Live Writer, a very strong blog editor. Now, it will of course work with Windows Live Spaces. That's Microsoft's blogging service. That's what I have up here on my screen right now. But it also works well with pretty much every competing blog service available out there. You can easily post photos and video with Windows Live Writer, and through the use of add-ons it integrates well with a number of related services like Digg, Facebook, Flickr, and even Twitter. So to access Windows Live Writer, of course, you will have had to have installed it.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye

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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
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Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer

Brand new to Windows Live Essentials is Windows Live Writer, a very strong blog editor. Now, it will of course work with Windows Live Spaces. That's Microsoft's blogging service. That's what I have up here on my screen right now. But it also works well with pretty much every competing blog service available out there. You can easily post photos and video with Windows Live Writer, and through the use of add-ons it integrates well with a number of related services like Digg, Facebook, Flickr, and even Twitter. So to access Windows Live Writer, of course, you will have had to have installed it.

You will have had to chosen it during the Windows Live Essentials download and installation. And if so, you can click the Windows orb, go to All Programs, and in Windows Live, you'll see Windows Live Writer. And your very first time launching this you'll be prompted for information, such as the blog service you want to use. I choose Windows Live Spaces. You'll also be prompted for some personal information and once you have set up your connection to whatever blog service, this is what appears on your screen, your first blog entry or post.

So, now we are ready to start typing. Right at the very top, it says Enter a post title. I am going to click there and type California Trip. Now down below, I have got this empty space for adding text and inserting all kinds of other things as well. You'll notice on the right-hand side, in the Insert section you can insert hyperlinks, pictures, entire photo albums, there's video down there. So let's try out some of this. 'Here's some wildlife I saw in Santa Barbara,' and I'll just hit Enter, and I'm going to add a picture.

So, I go over to the right-hand side, click Picture and now I can start browsing my computer for pictures. Now if you have got the Exercise Files, you can follow along with me. Mine are on the desktop, but any picture will do here if you are just experimenting. I am going to double-click my Exercise Files, double-click the Chap12 folder, and in the 12_09 sub-folder, I've got these otters. So one click selects, I click Open, and it gets added to my blog post. Notice it appears here selected. You can see the handles around the outside. So, I can do things like go to a corner when a double-arrow appears.

I can adjust the size. If you want to just stretch it out, adjusting the width, more of the height. You can do that as well. And on the right-hand side, you'll notice some options as well. Text wrapping is set by default to Inline. So if I tried to move this, I really couldn't. The only way to move it is to add some more text in front of it. It's treated like any other character, unless I change this. I can click the dropdown and say I always want it on the left side, the right side or the center of my post. I am going to choose Center and you can see it moves over there and those handles still appear.

But they are really not selectable until I click the image itself. Now I can resize, if I wanted to. It stays centered though. All right, I am going to click just after it, and you'll notice I've got my flashing cursor on the left. I'll hit Return just to dropdown a little bit further. '...and here's the pier in Santa Barbara.' And I'll hit Return again and this time I'll insert some video. Now inserting video is a little bit trickier. You'll have to have a video URL.

And in that case, you would have to know the address, but you have got some other tabs. You can choose From File. You are going to be posting this to a YouTube account though, so you need to have a YouTube account set up or some other service like you'd see YouTube here, where we can login and access videos from our YouTube account. But mine is on my computer. So I am going to go From File. If you have got the Exercise Files, you have got one on your computer as well, and I am going to browse on to those Exercise Files again, just like we did for the picture. We are going to go to the Chap12 folder, 12_09 sub-folder to find that video of the Santa Barbara pier.

One click, and then Open. It takes us to the screen where the entire path will appear. A title and description are entered for us based on the name of this video, but we can change those if we wanted to. Same thing for the tags. We need to select a category. So, click the Categories button. I am going to choose Blogs. Permissions, if you have set them up in YouTube, you can select them from here but Public is the default, and you must agree to the Terms of Use. And when you click Insert, you'll be forced to login to your YouTube account. So, I am going to do that now, and when you click OK, it just takes a moment.

You'll see that it's actually being posted at your YouTube account and it's uploading the video right into your blog entry. So depending on the length of the video and the quality or resolution, this could take a while but it will get added to your blog post. So that's a fairly simple blog post based on California trip. I have to have a title and I have got some content down below. Now it's time to actually publish this to-- in this case for me, my Windows Live Spaces.

That's the service I decided to use for blogging. All I do is go up to the Publish button. Now before you do that you can go up to File, if you're not done with it for example, you could Save local draft. That means it's going to be saved on your computer, or you could post the draft to your blog. People would be able to see it then. And when you're ready actually publish it. I am just going to Save local draft and you can see it's being saved to the default folder over here. It's called California Trip, so I can access it at any time right from here.

I have also got this little Delete button if I want to delete it. I have got an untitled one that I didn't finish that I am going to delete. I'll confirm that by clicking Yes. And now I am going to go to go up here to Publish. When you're ready to publish, you click the Publish button, and you can see it's waiting for videos to finish publishing, but once the video has finished publishing and everything is set, I am going to be posting this blog to my Windows Live Spaces. So I am going to switch over to Internet Explorer. And here I am at Windows Live Spaces. I can view my space right from here.

And of course, it's going to take some time for that video to upload but here's where I am going to see some blogs. If I click the Blog button, I'll be able to see my post. Right now, there aren't any entries. I can add them right from here, but with Windows Live Writer, I have all of those extra tools that will allow me to post my blog entries right here to my Windows Live Spaces. So depending on how much you've added to your blog post, if you have added video, sometimes video files can be quite large and they take a while to upload. Eventually I'll see that here, and I can go in and view the contents of that blog entry.

So, if you are into blogging, Windows Live Writer can simplify the process of posting content including photos and video.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training .

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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here:
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
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