12 Must use plug-in for Windows Live Writer ~ Best FREE Blogging software

Windows Live writer is no doubt the best free blogging tool ever made. Be it WordPress, Blogger or any Blogging platform, Windows live writer is all you need in order to format your blog post the way you want. The best thing is, it just not only supports a rich text processing interface but also supports third party plug-in to boost it up the very next level. Personally I have been using Live writer for some months and found some of the plug-in to be really effective. So today I am going to share a nice and compact list of Windows Live Writer [WLW] plug-in you should use for effective blogging.

Note that if you have not downloaded the Live writer yet then this is the best time for you to download. Just click here and download it from Microsoft for free.

So now that you have downloaded Windows live writer and set it up for your blog, its now time to have a look on the following set of useful plug-in. Download the one that suits you the best…

1. Polaroid Picture Plug-in:

Polaroid Plugin The best plug-in for decorating the pictures in the way you want.

  • Add Pictures in Polaroid style, add caption, tilt image and do more…
  • Also supports adding border to the picture and adjust margin.

Download Link: Click Here

The Windows Live writer logo is modified with the Polaroid Plug-in ;)…

2. Picasa Image Plug-in:

Useful if you have a Picasa image account and want to insert picture directly from there…

  • Insert single image or Slide show from your existing albums
  • Also Upload images to your Album and even create a new one

Download Link: Click Here

3. Adsense Coder:

 Adsense coder plugin Allows you to add Adsense code directly on your Blog post without editing in HTML mode. Very useful if you wish to place your ads in between your post for getting maximum chances of clicks.

Download Link: Click Here

Note that this Plug-in is currently in beta stage. But it serves the purpose very well till now. Also do keep checking the Plug-in page for getting update.

4. Code Snippet Plug-in:

Code snipper plugin Want to share your programming language codes with your readers through your blog and also want to add syntax highlighting on it? If so then this plug-in is all what you need

  • Supports Auto In, PHP, CSS, JS, JAVA, C/C++, C#, HTML, MSH, RegExp, TSQL and Visual Basic code highlighting.
  • Automatically converts the code into escaped HTML character and wraps them inside pre block. Also adds alternate line color and line number.
  • There is nothing which you can not customize. Open up code-snippet and go to Tools > Options and customize everything in the way you want.

Download Link: Click Here

Although there are many plug-in of the same kind, but I have found this to be the best. Use it to feel the difference.

5. Insert Table Plug-in:

table plugin Although by default Live writer has a table inserting option, but with the help of this you can customize your table more…

  • Select Width in %-age or in Pixel. Also align it the way you want [Center, Left, Right]
  • Choose cell padding, spacing and more. Also Choose the background color and font color.

Download Link: Click Here

6. Text Template Plug-in:

Text template plugin Want to save your formatting template and insert it to all the posts you want? No problem. With this plug-in you can

  • Save HTML rich source in a template.
  • Insert the template anywhere to any of you post. Saves loads of time on formatting!

Download Link: Click here

I recommend this Plug-in to everyone!

7. Insert MSN, Yahoo and custom smiley Plug-in:

Add some smilies How about inserting some smiles on
your Blog post?Winking With the help of this plug-in you can

  • Insert MSN and Yahoo smiles directly. Also it supports Hidden Yahoo Smiles…
  • Also you can add your custom smiles by providing the link to that smiley image!

Download Link: Click Here

8. Custom Bullet Plug-in:

Insert Bullet plugin Although we previously have discussed about how to customize you bullets using image or even to make them appear like piled list, but if you don’t want to edit all those HTML and CSS then this plug-in is all what you need.

  • Supports over 42 bulleting styles to choose from. Also add you custom bullet images.
  • Just select the number of bullets you want to insert and it will get formatted automatically. Just add the texts and you are done…
  • You can also wrap them inside a blockquote if you want to!

Download Link: Click Here

9. Insert Google Translation Plug-in:

Have reader from all over the world and want to share your post in their language? Then this plug-in is all that you need. Allows you to put some text in, translate it using Google translator, then insert the translated text…

Download Link: Click Here

10. Insert Video Plug-in:

Insert video plugin

  • Allows you to insert video into your blog post by just entering the link from MSN SoapBox, Google Video, YouTube, MySpace Video, Yahoo!!
  • Alternatively, you can now just paste the video link into the blog entry and the plug-in will do the rest

Download Link: Click Here

11. Sharper Photo Plug-in:

Sharper photo plugin Edit pictures inserted in the windows live writer editor more easily, integrates with many image editors, streamlined workflow for editing pictures are you need.

Download Link: Click Here

Note that there seems to be a compatibility error under Windows 7.

12. Word Count Plug-in:

Word count plugin

This plug-in fills one of the basic holes in Windows Live Writer’s functionality by allowing bloggers to easily and quickly check their word count before posting.Unfortunately, Windows Live Writer’s plug-in system is relatively limited, but by pretending to be an "Insert…" plug-in, the functionality can be included easily enough.Simply hit Ctrl+A to select all your text, then click "Insert Word Count…" and it will popup a dialog box displaying an analysis of your masterpiece.

Download Link: Click here


Well so that was the complete list of 12 effective plug-in you should use with your Live-Writer. Just download them and install like any other software. Make sure that you have WLW installed before downloading or installing them! If you have any queries then feel free to ask us! Also do share your own collection with us…


  1. Harsh Agrawal

    Cool Downloading the Insert table plugin

  2. Kapil

    Useful collection. thanks for putting them together.

  3. Himanshu

    Thanks for the interesting post,i really want to know about this.

  4. Swashata

    Thank you for the comment buddy! I am also using the table plugin! Before that I used to align tables using style 🙂

  5. TechZoomIn

    Great list ..thanks for sharing it dude..

  6. rezza

    Nice collections! 🙂 thanks,i will download it all for sure…love wlw so much…

  7. Jose

    Thanks for mentioning the plugin I wrote (Sharper Photo Plugin for Windows Live Writer), let me know what is the error you get when using the plugin, this should have been fixed if you get the latest version from the download link, if you still get the errow I would love to see a screenshot of the error.

    thanks. JC

    My recent post Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: Get ready

  8. Swashata

    Hi, Jose thanks for your feedback and your work behind this pluing is really appreciable! Hats off to you for providing us with this wonderful plugin! I really don't remember what went wrong that time… But it does not seems to give any error now! I have updated the post… Btw, I hav PS CS4 installed and still it does not show it in the Edit Using Menu!

  9. Anshul Dixit

    Hi Swashata,
    Thanks for putting down this list of plug-ins. The adsense one looks cool, but I had one doubt. Is it ok to use ads anywhere in the post? As in, say after the first paragraph I display ads, so will it be in accordance with Google’s T&C?

    • Swashata Post author

      No not at all! Even we do the same [but with whydowork wp plugin]… If we put more than 3 ad codes then we will violate adsense tos!

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