Focus On Your Writing With Focus Writer

Focus On Your Writing With Focus Writer

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Have you ever tried to write an article but got easily distracted? You were typing your article then suddenly you saw on your taskbar that you received an email or a message on your messenger. You thought this might be important. So, you clicked on your email client or messenger and read the messages. After reading the message or messages you dismissed it and thought you will reply to them later.

But when you went back to your word processor, your train of thoughts has already left… meaning, you lost the words that you wanted to write.

Frustrating, isn’t it?

I, myself, have experienced this so many times. Even the features of the word processor sometimes even distract me. Or the nagging blue or green wavy lines that under a sentence or phrase would break my train of thought and jump to correcting my grammar right away.

The Solution

I thought, maybe there are lightweight text editors that would allow me to compose my article with minimal distractions.

So I looked for some Windows-based distraction-free text editor but that would allow me some basic formatting as well.

I found two or three at least and tried them. I will no longer mention the other two but the editor that I am using right now is Focus Writer!
Screenshot of FocusWriter

As its name implies, it really helps you focus on your work. As you can see in the image, the default configuration is, the text editor is located at the center of the screen. To lessen the monotony of the screen there is a wallpaper that you can change. I’m not sure if it’s just me or it is by design that the wallpaper and the semi-transparent background of the editor help me focus on the editor.

And if you want to look at something else to relax your eyes a bit, you can take a quick look at the part of the image on the side.

Basic Features

FocusWriter has some basic features that you will in composing and formatting your article.

You can format the text to:

  • Bold
  • Underline
  • Italics
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript
  • and superscript

The commands to change the formats can be accessed by hovering your mouse on top of the screen. However, the common keyboard shortcuts for these commands apply (e.h CTRL-B, CTRL-U, CTRL-I, etc…)

You can also change the alignment of the paragraph, increase and decrease indent, and a few more (see the image below)

If you are a blogger or web content writer, you can also set the headers. So when you no longer have to do that on your web page/post editor.

Word Count – FocusWriter will display the word count on its status bar at the bottom of the screen. You will see the status bar once you hover your mouse at the bottom of the screen.

File Formats

By default, the files are saved as ODT or Open Document Text file. Which is accessible to almost any text editors and word processors. But you can also save the files into the following formats

  • OpenDocument Flat XML (*.fodt)
  • Office document XML (*.docx)
  • Rich Text Format (*.rtf)
  • Plain Text (*.txt)

Where to Get FocusWriter

You can download FocusWriter from https://gottcode.org/focuswriter/

Have a distraction-free writing experience!

John Reynold Loberiza

Hi, My name is John. I am a freelance IT Consultant/ Solutions Architect. I am also a freelance Graphic Artist, photography enthusiast, and a freelance writer.

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