Jamie Thomson

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10 more secrets of Windows Live

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My last post 10 hidden secrets of Windows Live was quite well received so I thought I would write another one. Here are 10 more time-and-money-saving tips from Windows Live.


If you’re like me then you’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years having instant messenger conversations with people and that means a lot of typing. Why not give your fingers a rest and communicate as god intended – by talking. If you’re computer is equipped with a microphone and a speaker then simply hit the ‘Call a contact’ button in your conversation window and talk talk talk away. Its cheaper than a phone call.

In the clubhouse: Messenger
At the top of this blog post I linked to my previous blog post 10 hidden secrets of Windows Live. Ordinarily that would involve going out to the internet to find the URL but with Windows Live Writer there’s no need to do that. All you need to do is simply select the text that you want turn into a link, hit the hyperlink button image  on the toolbar, and from the "Link To" box select ‘Previous Post…’ at which point you’ll see a list of all your previous posts. Just pick the one you want. Its ridiculously easy!

In the clubhouse: Writer
Hotmail has got a very good and very simple search feature. Simply type your search term into the search box in the Windows Live header bar and hit enter [or click the green ‘Mail’ button]. Any emails containing the search term will be returned for you. Simple as that!

In the clubhouse: Hotmail
Received an interesting email that you want to talk about on your Windows Live Space? Hit the ‘Blog’ button in Windows Live Mail and have the blog entry pre-prepared for you right inside your Space.

In the clubhouse: Spaces, Mail
Even with the proliferation of photo sharing services such as Flickr, Smugmug, Photobucket and Windows Live Spaces still the most popular way of showing someone else your photos is to email them. This invariably makes emails rather hefty but Windows Live Mail is here to help. By sending a photo email the photos will be uploaded to your Live Space and the email will contain a thumbnail and a link to the photo on your Space. You can even put frames around your photos or make one of many other assorted amendments. Jazz them up a bit!

In the clubhouse: Mail, Spaces
You can configure Windows Live Mail to automatically log you on to Windows Live Messenger when you open it up. Just go to Tools–>Options and you’ll find the option on the ‘General’ tab. No point in emailing someone when you can just send them an instant message instead, right?

In the clubhouse: Mail, Messenger
Wouldn’t it be cool if people could send you instant messages even if they weren’t Live Messenger users? Well now they can using the Messenger IM control. Using the wizard you can generate a small piece of code that can be embedded into any web page that then allows any visitor to that website to IM you. All from a web browser. You can see in the picture on the right that I’ve embedded the IM control into my work blog.
This one is seriously cool. Go check it out.

In the clubhouse: Messenger
Did you know that your Windows Live ID can log you in to many more web sites and services than just Microsoft ones. All of the sites shown on the right allow you to login using your Windows Live ID. Click on any of the logos to go to the site and login.

In the clubhouse: Windows Live ID
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If you don’t like switching windows to do different things then you’ll be glad to know that many Windows Live products can be controlled from within Windows Live Mail. Did you know for instance that you can set your Messenger status from within Windows Live Mail?

In the clubhouse: Mail, Messenger
Do you ever wish you could have the same list of Favorites on any computer? Well now you can, just install Windows Live Toolbar and use the ‘Sync Favorites’ function to sync your list of favorites between all your devices and to http://favorites.live.com as well.

In the clubhouse: Toolbar, Favorites


As before let me know in the comments how many of those you knew about. Or if you don’t want to tell me, leave a comment anyway – my blog can never have enough comments. And if you have 10 Windows Live secrets of your own, blog about them and tag it 10 secrets.


Update: I’ve since posted another 10 secrets called Another 10 secrets about Windows Live.


Written by Jamiet

August 7, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Posted in Windows Live

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  1. Great list!  You are truly one of the zen masters of Windows Live.  I work here and use this stuff every day, especially Writer, and I didn’ even know abou the link to previous post feature.  Or maybe I just overlooked it all this time.
    Thanks, Jamie!
    – Marcus


    August 7, 2008 at 11:07 pm

  2. I didn’t know about Feature #2 either. Pretty nice.
    I’m surprised about #8. Who know that many sites actually used the Live ID system? Wow.


    August 8, 2008 at 4:19 am

  3. Nice job, Jamie.  We really like the Live ID authentication.  Saves me a lot of time logging in to LiveSide.  And I’ll definitely check out the link to previous post in Writer.  Kind of forgot about that one, but definitely useful :).


    August 8, 2008 at 5:26 am

  4. Thanks for all of these Jamie, I didn’t know of any of them!   You really are a wiz about anything Live orientated and the Live bods should award you a prize.  I would never have found out about any of these things in a million years!


    August 9, 2008 at 9:31 am

  5. The Windows Passport was really a great idea. Unfortunately it never took off :(


    August 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm

  6. Jamie my friend, Been a Live user since beta and did not know half of the tips in your Top Ten lists!  Keep them coming we may get the public aware of the fine product Windows Live has become.  I have put an Icon on my desktop as a link to read "Clubhouse Postings" each day.
    Great Work & Thank You


    August 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm

  7. Thanks Jamie for the tips.  I’m still learning all this web stuff and your tips have already come in handy.  Keep more coming!


    August 31, 2008 at 2:32 pm

  8. Great list! I’m off to the original now, which, I’m betting, is just as good.


    August 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm

  9. Great information I only knew about 2 of them.  Thanks, Charles


    November 7, 2008 at 11:42 am

  10. sweet,thank you -Kristi


    February 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm

  11. thank you very much for these information,but i want to ask you if i can save the chatting on my computer without opening the emailto know who using my computer and what happened . thanks for u


    April 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

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