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Adding Tags Dropdown List To Windows Live Writer–Step-By-Step

If you are a blogger, you probably know how important it is to add tags to your blog posts.  So why in the world does the best blog editor (Windows Live Writer) not have a place to enter tags?  Well, it does, you just have to enable it.   Different blog engines will use different fields for tags.  Some platforms use categories and some use tags.  When I was posting primarily to LiveWriter was great because the categories posted directly to my tags.  However, when I switched to WordPress, categories are separate from tags.  There is a way to add a tags list to Live Writer.  Once you do this, the tags drop down will be placed under the ribbon between the  categories and the post date.



To add the Tags to Live Writer, you need to modify the registry.

Click Start – Type Regedit – Right-click Regedit.exe select Run As Administrator

Expand to Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Writer\Weblogs\YourBlogID\UserOptionOverrides (you can determine which blogID is your blog by clicking on the BlogID and looking at either the BlogName or the PostApiUrl)

Right-Click UserOptionOverrides in the left pane, select NewString Value


This is a setting that you need to change for each blog you are using Sad smile but at least it is easy to do.

For the name of the string value type SupportsKeywords

Then double-click on the new variable supportsKeywords and enter a value data of Yes then click OK


Repeat these steps for each blog where you want to enter tags.

Once finished, you can close out of Regedit.  Close all open instances of Live Writer then open Live Writer and you should see the new Tags Box.

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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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