FocusWriter Provides A Distraction Free Environment For Writers

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Writing is a task best accomplished when there is nothing to distract you from the project at hand. Whether you’re a story writer working on your novel, a student who needs to meet the dead line of his assignment, or a journalist who must jot down the news broke out early morning. Sometimes, it so happens that even the interface of an application can start to distract you from the article or novel you are working on, causing you to lose focus. FocusWriter Portable is, as the name suggests, is a portable application that is designed to offer a minimalist interface, providing you with a distraction free environment, in order to keep you focused on what you are writing. The full screen mode of the application offers only a blank page with a cursor, leaving you and your mind with a cluttered free environment. It does not mean that FocusWriter portable is void of text editing features; it offers you all the basic text editing options such as Bold, Italic, Underline, Align Text etc. You can also change background themes of the application and set daily goals for writing a minimum number of words per day.

By default, FocusWriter is designed to run in full screen mode and presents you with just a blank page to start writing on.

FocusWriter Fullscreen

The application allows you to toggle between Full screen and Window Mode by pressing F11 key on your keyboard. You can access File, Edit, Format, Tools and Settings menu by moving your cursor to the top of your screen. The toolbar at the top includes buttons for New, Open, Save, Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Find, Replace and Themes.

FocusWriter

Access the Preferences from Settings. The Preferences dialog box has four tabs namely General, Statistics, Toolbar and Spell Checking. General tab includes settings such as Daily Goal, Editing Options and Saving Options while Statistics let you change Contents, Page Size and Word Count Algorithm options. The Toolbar tab lets you Add and Remove Icons from the toolbar displayed on the main interface, and the Spell Checking tab allows configuration of spell-checking options.

Preferences

You can change the background theme of the application by choosing Themes button from the toolbar. The application allows you to create and modify multiple themes enabling you to quickly change between them according to your mood.

Themes

FocusWriter is an open source application that works on all versions of Windows, including both the 32-bit and 64-bit.

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  • Delf Egge

    The question is: What is the distraction that we want to avoid? Given Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Writer, I see no reason, to bypass these programs. If at all, it should be an Add-On to these programs, so that we can stay in their environment.
    For the specialists there is LaTeX and programs built around that.