Blogging from Word 2013 – How to

Word-2013-LogoNow, you may be wondering – why would anybody want to do this? Use word to update WordPress? Well, my reason for wanting to connect word and my blog is…well, when it comes to words, Word is the tool for the job! And the fact that Windows Live Writer is no longer being supported and I believe will simply stop running on my PC sometime in the future when the New CEO of Microsoft decides to simply stop wasting money hosting out dated non-supported software…

Apart from the above trivial reason, there are actually some other advantages for using word to compose blog posts.

First off, it’s a wonderful application. Kudos to Microsoft’s Office Team for this one. For some reason, they still have it in them to Wow users with their newer office suites. They could lend a hand to the Windows team – who just seem to get backlash for the new features they add to windows.

Secondly, as greywulf puts it, if you care about the words you put online, then grammar, spelling, syntax also – could need to be correct, and Word 2013 has proofreading tools in spades, far beyond the capabilities built into blogging engines such as WordPress. For posts that require re-writes, or revisions – especially when you are based in a place where the internet is intermittent and expensive, using word to draft posts while still being able to quickly publish them (without having to open your blog and stuff).

Lastly, Word 2013 takes many cues from Windows Live Writer and offers multiple blog Accounts (including Blogger, Sharepoint, WordPress and Typepad), post Categories and all the features you would expect from a stand-alone blogging client – except Tags, which I hope is an oversight to be fixed in a future update.

So, now that we have established how good Word can be as a blogging client, how does one set it up to blog? Well….read on

To create a blog post in Word 2013 head to File->New and choose the Blog post template. If this is the first time you have used it, the template will download automatically and you’re ready to go.

You will notice a different (less featured) Top Ribbon with a BLOG POSTS Tab. Press Manage Accounts to link one or more sites to Word by providing the site URL, blog type, username and password. These only need adding once (unless the passwords change, of course) and you can set one as the default for quick-and-easy selection.

From there it’s just a matter of adding a title, setting the category (these are automatically pulled from your blog) and getting down to writing content. Pictures, Tables and more can be added just as you would expect from Word.

When you’re ready to post hit Publish and you are done. If you prefer to fine-tune the post online or preview it first, press Publish to Draft instead. This is handy if you want to add Tags, set comment options, check the image placement and other minor tasks before finally pushing the post out for public consumption.

So, should you ever need to blog from word…well, now you can!

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