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June 8, 2010

When I insert a hyperlink or use the Tools menu Live Writer crashes

Filed under: Live Writer, Wave 3 — Tags: , — Aaron Bregel @ 8:09 AM

If Windows Live Writer crashes for you when you try and insert a hyperlink via the Insert menu or Ctrl+K or if Live Writer crashes when you try and bring up the Tools/Options dialog or Tools/Accounts dialog here is a solution for you.

Live Writer has a great feature in that you can auto link a URL so that if you type a specific phrase it will automatically hyperlink the phrase for you. You can set this up in the Hyperlink dialog by checking “Automatically link to text” or by editing your list in the Auto Linking option.

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This list is stored in Link Glossary file which unfortunately can become corrupt.

Fix the crash

  • Close Live Writer
  • You need to navigate you the folder that contains linkglossary.xml.  The quickest way is to from the Start menu select Run and then enter “%appdata%\Windows Live Writer\LinkGlossary” without the quotes.
  • Rename linkglossary.xml to something like linkglossary.old
  • Start Live Writer

If you have a bunch of entries for Auto Link you can try and copy the contents of your old xml file into the new xml file but if you crash again the chances are you copied over a corrupt entry.


Thanks to help from the product support team we are really confident that we have fixed this problem for Wave 4 users and that you should start to see this in the Beta.  The corrupt file should not crash Writer and in some cases we can recover the list for you.



  1. OK…so do I need the list to be recovered? Did I just wipe out all the links on my blog? I’m a bit confused.

    Comment by fittingtips — June 25, 2010 @ 6:09 AM

    • This does not touch your blog at all. It only removes entries you might have made in Writer that when you type specific text it would convert it to be hyperlinked. If that list is big then you will want to edit it. If your list is small or you do not remember doing this at all you will be OK. Writer will start a new list.

      Comment by Aaron Bregel — June 25, 2010 @ 6:14 PM

      • Aaron, thank you! this is exactly what I needed to know. 🙂

        Comment by fittingtips — June 25, 2010 @ 6:20 PM

  2. Thanks, ….
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    Comment by rubiyanto19 — April 9, 2011 @ 5:42 PM

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