Apr 15 2011

How to change the Drafts and Recent Posts folder in Windows Live Writer 2011

image_thumb32 How to change the Drafts and Recent Posts folder in Windows Live Writer 2011Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.] If you’re a blogger you’ll find this tool incredibly helpful- and it’s refreshingly free from Microsoft.

One of the things that’s a hindrance to the application; it doesn’t let you choose where you want to put your drafts and recent posts.

But ah-ha! Seems after years of asking, there’s a registry hack for Windows Live Writer that’ll allow you to save your Drafts and Recent posts anywhere you’d like you…

Two days ago the information was offered up by one of the Windows Live Writer dev team in the support forum; Will Duff.

Here’s the reference link to the support forum where he made the post…


The ability to add this function in to Windows Live Writer easily isn’t there [yet], but with stuff like this; registry entries sneaking out… it’ll be a good bet it’ll be in the next version [the cloud version].

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1. Open up regedit (in Win7, just type “regedit” into the start menu)

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows LiveWriter

3. Right click on the “Writer” folder in the left pane and choose New > String Value

4. Name the value PostsDirectory and then double-click on it to edit

a. You can try pointing it to your documents folder, which is normally “C:Users<your-username>Documents” in Win7

b. Or point it somewhere else. Note that Writer will create two child folders wherever you point it: Drafts and Recent Posts.


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Now, you should be able to put your Drafts and Recent Posts anywhere you’d like.

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But WAIT, if you act now… you can get— this!

Microsoft is lazy. They know how to fix it and they could code it really quick, but they like watching people squirm throughout registry, hoping they’ll muck something up. That’s just wrong…

So, I wrote this; it performs the same functions you’ve seen there, to add the alternate location to the registry. You can do the previous steps manually, or do them with this… it’s up to you.

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When you start the small application, it checks the existing location [if it exists] and prefills the location to show you what’s already there.

To change the location, just enter it in the box provided and press OK.

It tells you what it added…

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You’re done.

Restart Windows Live Writer the changes should be in affect and as mentioned in the previous information; where ever you change the path to, two NEW folders will be created to store the documents/posts/drafts.

It also mentions that if you’re having issues, ensure you change this to a location where you KNOW you have permissions.


I hope this helps…

and Happy blogging!


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.

…Cross posting to LEHSYS.Blogspot.com…

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  • Mehrdad

    very helpful, I used the program :).

    • Glad you liked it… thanks.
      Thanks for your comments…

      Until next time,
      Larry Henry Jr.

  • Debbie

    Two days ago Windows Live writer started giving me an error, see below. I've uninstalled, reinstalled, restored, unrestored and I can't seem to get this problem corrected.

    I've tried 2011 and 2012 and neither will open. I know it's something simple somewhere that became corrupt or something, I just can't seem to track it down.

    Running Windows 7
    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: WindowsLiveWriter.exe
    Application Version: 16.4.3503.728
    Application Timestamp: 5013b03d
    Fault Module Name: mscorwks.dll
    Fault Module Version: 2.0.50727.5456
    Fault Module Timestamp: 4ef6c72d
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Offset: 00009bb8
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 1033

    • Windows Live Writer relies heavily on Internet Explorer. if you aren't updating Internet Explorer on a regular basis, even if it's NOT your default browser, you'll have to update it. And as an alternate test, try creating another user account and trying Windows Live Writer then. A lot of issues, Microsoft has failed to address, has to do with users profiles becoming corrupt. Their solution is to generate a new profile; they don't want to find out why it doesn't work, just have you dump everything and create a new profile if that works… it's obtuse.

      I hope this helps…


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  • Keith McGuinnes

    Hi – Thanks for creating this tool. However it no longer seems to work on the latest version of Live Writer. I’ve even attempted to point it to a basic path like c:blogs to make sure there is no admin conflict, but as always when I start live writer it creates its folder in C:UsersDocumentsMy Weblog Posts.

    Please help!

    • Thanks for contacting me…

      I’m running Windows Live Writer 2012 16.4.3508.205. I used the application just this morning to change the path from C:UsersLarryAppDataRoamingWindows Live Writer to C:UsersLarryDesktopBlogsDrafts and then I created a ‘test blog’ article. Seems to still be working for me. I’m running Windows 7 HP 64-bit. When you make these changes you have to restart Windows Live Writer each time. I hope this helps…


      • Keith McGuinnes

        Thanks Larry-
        It must be some particularity on my machine, which is Win7 64. I have restarted Live Writer and the PC but the program sticks to the default path. While I’d like to get it updated, its probably not worth the effort in troubleshooting!
        Could there be another reg entry overriding the one your program updates?

        • I don’t know. The registry entry has to be created to affect the path. You could check the registry to ensure the path is being changed. I hope this helps…


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