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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.
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.
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.
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