Move the folder location of Windows Live Writer

For blogging there are a slew of tools and when you find one that works well for you, you tend to stick with it.  For me that tool was Windows Live Writer which is included as part of the windows essential package.  Live writer has a simple installer with one downside.  You have no control in the installer over were the Drafts and Recent Post folders are located.  I like to hold mine in a cloud drive for backup and syncing between all my machines.

Luckily the internet is a great resource and I was able to locate instructions on how to change the folder location in the registry.  Resource

  • start by opening regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Write
  • create(of update) a new string value with a name of PostsDirectory
  • double click on it to edit and add the location for the parent folder
    • D:\Users\[username]\Dropbox\Blog Posts
  • close out of regedit
  • restart Windows live writer and it will auto create or use the existing Drafts and Recent Posts folders
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