How to set a default FONT with Windows Live Writer 2011

pxeqq31oWindows Live Writer is a great application for offline bloggers and it’s even better for users that have absolutely no technical experience with blogs or HTML or CSS, but what Windows Live Writer doesn’t do is handle changing fonts on the blog.

Regardless of the blogging service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Etc.], Windows Live Writer doesn’t change that default font, BUT you can tell Windows Live Writer to use another font when your composing your blog post… essentially overriding the default FONT from the blog.

For instance, this is the default font for this blog, but I can change it…my default is…

Veranda 9

But I can change it to…


Calibri 12

{I changed it back already}… or whatever, it’s really easy.

And if I were to leave the font that way when I published this post, the next time I started another post for this blog, that’d be the font Windows Live Writer uses by default.

And that’s how you set a default font on Windows Live Writer…


If you have access to your blog, like BLOGGER, you can change it in the DESIGN settings.

If you have access to your WordPress blog, you can change it in the STYLE.CSS, but not as easy if you aren’t technical.

WordPress has something like this…

abbr[title], acronym[title] {
    border-bottom:thin dotted;
body {
    background:#BEC3C6 url("bg.jpg") repeat-x;
 font-family:Verdana,"BitStream vera Sans",Helvetica,Sans-serif;
h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 {
h1 {font-size:200%;}
h2 {font-size:170%;}
h3 {font-size:150%;}
h4 {font-size:130%;}
h5 {font-size:110%;}
h6 {font-size:100%;}
img {
img.sided {
    border:1px solid #CCC;

You can find the Style.CSS in the WordPress blog, in the options under admin options of WordPress, under the APPEARANCE options » editor. Select the style.CSS file from there.


And you’ll notice the BODY section, the font being used; you can change that. So once you change that in WordPress, and then refresh your blog theme in Windows Live Writer….

by the way…To update Writer with your blog’s new theme:

1. Click “Start,” click “All Programs,” click “Windows Live,” and then click “Windows Live Writer.”
2. If you use Writer with more than one blog, on the Blogsmenu, select the blog that you want.
3. On the View menu, click “Edit using theme.”
4. On the View menu, click “Refresh theme.”
5. If you’re prompted to publish a temporary blog post, click “Yes.” 

From that point on, Windows Live Writer and your blog should be fine.

Yeah, so, that’s all…

I hope this helps…

Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr. 

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  1. Well hello Larry

    Thanks for posting this, the solution was so obvious that I over looked it.

    The one point that needs to be remembered is that its not a pick and mix with the fonts. The selection needs to come from compatible fonts with respect to their dimensions and appearance.



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