Thursday, January 20, 2011

Windows Live Writer table plugin

For many bloggers creating HTML tables are a nightmare, right? Well, I'm here to tell you that all changes with ComputerJy's free Windows Live Writer (WLW) table plug-in.

I've been using this table plug-in for sometime now and I can guarantee it does an excellent job. The options far exceed what is available through the WLW standard table maker and will lift your tables like you wouldn't believe – thanks now go to Peter Chen for letting me pass on the basics for both table makers (note: this post is written by guest blogger Peter McCartney).

How do I get the table plug-in?

Open up Windows Live Writer and look for:

plug-in icon with text

under Tools>Options>Plug-ins or in the taskpane.

Clicking on this will take you to Microsoft's Windows Live Writer Plugins page. Once there click on “other content insertion" and you'll find “Table Plugin” half way down the page. Click “Table Plugin” and you'll be presented with this: (shortcut link)

Table plugin download Click “Download now” and follow the instructions to install

After downloading go to Tools>Options>Plug-ins again where you should see this:

Plug-in success Table plug-in successfully installed

Back to basics: How do I activate the standard table maker?

You have three options.

1. Click “Table” at the top of the page then “insert table”
2. Click “Insert” top of the page then the table icon without the pencil.
3. Click the table icon without the pencil in the taskpane.

After doing that you will be presented with this:

Windows Live Writer table makerStandard table maker

From here configure your table to your liking. Click “insert” after you have finished.

How do I activate the table plug-in that I just downloaded?

Click on “Insert” at the top of the page and then click the table icon with the pencil, or, click on the same icon in the taskpane.

Plug-in table maker icon highlightedPlug-in table maker highlighted

From there you will be presented with this:

Windows Live Wrtier plugin table makerPlug-in table maker

Notice the many options available to you including the ability to add a background image. Configure your table to your liking and click “OK” once you have finished.

How do I reconfigure my table afterwards?

Both table makers can be reconfigured by right clicking in the table itself, or by clicking “Table” at the top of the page. Just remember these commands only become active once you have created the table.

Table commands activeTable commands

HTML Table Examples

Here are three examples (The first two with open source code included in the articles) of what can be done using ComputerJy's Windows Live Writer table plug-in and knowledge gained from people that know far more than me; and that includes Peter Chen by the way.

1. LinkWithin Widget Alternative – Howzat
2. Open Source Image Gallery – Bonza
3. My Answers you seek (Just for fun)

Windows Live Writer Downloads

1. Windows Live Writer for Windows XP
2. Windows Live Writer 2011 for Windows 7 and Vista

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  1. i'm a blogger using normal blogger template. their pictures are usually very small and i'm lazy to edit the html in every post. So, can i know any code that can let my picture have a big standard size in every post without having to edit the html in each and every post?

  2. I'm very pleased to know someone is still using my plugin or at least is writing about it. I would have done some more plugins but Windows Live Gallery had some problems in uploading.

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  4. Hi Peter. Just popped by to thank you again for giving me the opportunity of being a guest writer. It is very much appreciated.

    Take Care,

  5. Hi Eyad,

    Glad to hear from the creator of this plugin and thanks to Peter 1 (he used to call himself Peter 2 but today I want to make him Peter 1) for bringing our attention. Apologies for publishing your comment late but only just found it in the spam folder.

  6. A huge apologies to anyone who got offended or confused by my earlier comment about scrapped content (only now deleted) which was meant for someone else's blog comment box but somehow ended up in my own blog post - particularly Peter 1 and Eyad who may have inferred things negative from that deleted content and just hope that whatever damages that had been caused can be undone by my explanation and apologies here.

  7. :) No problem. I haven't read the comment in the first place.

  8. Hi to both Eyad Salash and Peter. Firstly, thank you Eyad for making this plugin available and secondly, Peter there's no need to apologise as I understand completely.

    Take Care,

  9. Wow, thats awesome! Will be a very helpful plugin! Hit me back :)

  10. Hello Mr. Chen,

    Thanks for having invited Peter and let him share his expertise with all of us once again :D!

    And thanks for your tips as well - I have used them in the past :D!


  11. Max and others for taking time to express appreciations & Peter McCartney too for taking time write this post. It would be good to hear from you all how you have found this plugin useful and how you all have been using it.

  12. Thank you so much for writing this! I did everything... however when I get to the very last step and push okay I cant see the table once I push okay. I can see the writing just no box. Does it not show up until you publish, or do you think I just did something wrong? lol TIA!

  13. Hi Chocolate Sundaes! When you create a table in WLW, the plugin will give a white border by default. Create another table this time and change the border colour to something dark.

    Either that, reveal the source code in Windows Live Writer and delete the table colours. This will reveal a basic table with visible borders. Also remember to set your border to 1 or greater.

    Take Care,
    Peter McCartney

  14. Many thanks to Peter McCartney, the other Peter.

  15. I am having a problem downloading WLW gives me some long error message ending with "no such interface supported. Anyone know why? i can't find anything on that topic to help me! Thanks


  16. I've only just discovered this - many thanks

    Other than html editing is there a way to select a single border rather then the double border that the plugin creates. I can seem to find any options for it.

  17. @ CherishedBliss. You may find your answer at "Writer Threads." Their link is:

  18. @ The man in seat 12A. Picking only one colour for the border table may do the trick, otherwise adjust the html as you suggested. Also, don't forget the standard table maker, which may be more to your liking.

    Take Care,
    Peter McCartney

  19. Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post.


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