OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive (or any cloud storage service like Dropbox, Box, etc. for that matter), lets you easily sync files and folders on your computer to the cloud and when you sign in on multiple devices, to those devices as well.
Back in the day, syncing my Drafts and Recent Posts folders to the cloud was easy. I used to use Windows Live Mesh until that went away. Then I used SugarSync until they discontinued their free offering. Then I used SkyDrive and now Microsoft has re-branded it as OneDrive.
Well I want to have my cake and I want to eat it too and with the help of some smart people I finally figured out how.
This post is specifically about using OneDrive but you can substitute any cloud storage service that let's you sync local folders and lets you do so from multiple devices. This post also assumes that you have already installed and are using Windows Live Writer.
- If it's open, close Windows Live Writer.
- If you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, be sure you are logging in with your Microsoft account and then either tap/click the OneDrive app and authenticate or if you are using an older version of Windows get the OneDrive app and install it.
- Once you have Windows Live Writer installed and configured confirm that you see this folder here which contains your Drafts and Recent Posts folders:
- Once you have OneDrive installed confirm that you see this folder here:
- Move (don't copy) your My Weblog Posts folder to the root of your SkyDrive folder.
- Launch regedit.exe and browse to:
- Right click on the Writer folder in the left pane and select New > String Value
- Name the value PostsDirectory and then double click it to edit the Value data field.
- Enter the path to where you moved your My Weblog Posts folder:
- Close regedit and reboot.
Thanks to Larry Henry Jr. for the registry hack.