Live Writer 2010 – Add Anything To the Quick Access Toolbar

The Groovy live writer beta quick access toolbar how-toWith the first look at the new Live Essentials beta, I was skeptical about the new Live Writer 2010 being that Microsoft threw away the old sidebar Task pane menu and replaced it with the new Office 2010 styled Ribbon.  Don’t get me wrong; I normally have nothing but good things to say about the Office 2010 ribbon style but, I really liked the old Live Writer Task pane as it had all the functions/features I needed for blogging with a limited number of clicks.  The new ribbon on the other hand, Yeah. The same tasks take a lot more clicking around. Fortunately, all the skepticism vanished when I found everything I needed could be optimized using the Live Writer 2010 Quick Access Toolbar.


Huh?  The Quick Access Toolbar?  YES!  You know, that tiny little menu bar that almost everyone ignores up near the very top of most Microsoft Office Windows?  It could perhaps be the most useful part of the new Liver Writer.  Yeah, really!  To prove it, I’ll show you an example of what you can do with the quick access toolbar and how I use it to make the new Live Writer beta even more efficient that the old one.

Note: This how-to is for the new version of Live Writer 2010 that is currently in beta testing.  The Quick Access Toolbar was not available in the old Live Writer.


How To Add Anything In Live Writer To the Quick Access Toolbar


Step 1 – Find the Quick Access Toolbar

By default, it should be at the top left corner of Live Writer.

find the live writer beta quick access toolbar


Step 2 – Move Quick Access Toolbar to a More Convenient Location

Click the down arrow on the toolbar and then Select Show below the Ribbon.  This action should put the Quick Access Toolbar below the ribbon and just above the “Set Categories” and “Tags” boxes.

move the live writer beta quick access toolbar below ribbon

Step 3 – Add your Favorite Tools to the Quick-Bar

Right-Click nearly anything (any tool) from the ribbon or file menu.  Once you’ve Right-Clicked an item, Select Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

add to the quick-bar in live writer


Even in the menu, you can Right-Click anything and add it to the quick-bar.  For example, under the Menu > Save location you can Right-Click Post draft to blog and then Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

add menu items to quick bar

Step 4 – Hide the Ribbon!

Now that you’ve added the primary tools to the Quick Access Toolbar let’s nuke the Ribbon.  You cannot completely expunge the ribbon – but we can minimize it and stop it from taking up our ever-useful and precious screen space.  Simply Right-Click the down arrow from the toolbar and Select Minimize the Ribbon.
minimize the live writer ribbon


The ribbon should now be out of your hair, and you’ll have instant access to all your favorite functions/tools you use in Live Writer.  Keep in mind that it might take some time getting used to the small icons since they aren’t labeled.  It is possible however to just hover the mouse over any toolbar item for a few seconds and then Live Writer will let you know what it is before you click it.  Overall it makes the new Live Writer really groovy and worth the upgrade!



  1. Sylvia

    You’ve almost convinced me to give it a try, but I don’t know if I want to do without the task pane on the right. It made it so easy to format picture properties. Did they fix the bug where you can’t hotlink to an image using the insert image dialog? In the last version I need a plugin to insert my Photobucket images. It’s annoying when it used to do it without a problem–click insert image (no need to switch tabs on stupid ribbon), CTRL-C, ENTER, and there was my picture. Now how many clicks does it take? :S

    • MrGroove

      LOL – Hi Sylvia, you must be good friends with Leszek because he said the same thing hehehe. Yeah, I miss the old Taskpane on the right but slowly I’m getting used to it (EVER SO SLOWLY).

      • Sylvia

        Well, thanks to your clever tweak I have done away with the ribbon but I’ve encountered some really bad bugs. One is that it indents my post text in edit and preview, though there is nothing added in the code. If I update my theme, sometimes the indent goes away, sometimes it doesn’t. The other one is that sometimes when I edit a published post, it posts it as a new post, and loses the categories. The last version did that too, but it’s intermittent. Oh, and if I use the image tools, the ribbon comes back and I have to re-minimize it. Sigh. If they can’t fix these things pronto I will have to go back to the 2009 version. Everything worked then.

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