FocusWriter An App For Distraction-Free Writing
Once the application is installed, you can launch FocusWriter from the All Apps Overview. The program will be launched in fullscreen mode by default.There’ll be four types of focus mode (to assist you visually) when you start typing
Ctrl + Shift + `
Ctrl + Shift + 1
Ctrl + Shift + 2
Ctrl + Shift + 3
If you find those keyboard shortcuts hard to remember, there is an alternative too. Hover your mouse on the top to expose the menu bar. Go to the Settings menu and hover over the Focused Text option then choose one from the list.
After you’re done with your work, you need to save it so you can resume with them later. To save your work, press Ctrl + S. The file format for FocusWriter includes:
- Plain Text
- Open Document Format
- Office Open XML
- Rich Text Format
Saving to Plain Text is not recommended if you’ve formatted your document with some headings or customized some fonts with bold/italic. Instead, let FocusWriter save it to Open Document Format (which is the default file format) to preserve the formatting.
When you launch FocusWriter, the interface elements are hidden by default so users get to fully immerse themselves in their work. The elements are exposed by hovering the mouse over the area around the corners:
- The top holds the Menu bar and the Toolbar
- The bottom holds the Tab bar and Status bar
- The left corner holds the document session
- The right corner holds the Scrollbar
On the theme dialog box, click New button on the right. And on the next window that follows, set your new theme title, text colors, font face and size, window backgrounds (either color or image), borders, line spacing, etc. Once you’re done setting the new theme, it’ll be listed on the “Custom” tab and can further be edited in the future.
Below is a theme I created for note-taking session with large font and custom backgrounds.
This is the case when you really like the default theme but finds the need to make some slight changes. For instance, you’d like to customize the default theme fonts without affecting its backgrounds or vice versa.On the theme dialog box, select your theme from the list and click Duplicate button on the right. You can now customize the theme like you’d do when creating a new one.
This feature is useful if you are seriously considering writing as your profession. However, setting the writing goal is not necessary for some cases like the one above (note-taking session).To customize your writing goal, go to Settings menu, select Preferences and click on the Daily goal tab bar. Once you’re done setting it up, your new current goal will be displayed on the status bar.
Timers helps you to improve your writing skill by getting yourself to think and type consistently without pausing a lot. However, achieving such a goal is quite impossible if you don’t know how to touch type in the first place.When the timer runs out, a small pop up window will be displayed on the bottom right corner. It briefly summarizes how many Words, Pages, Paragraphs, and Characters you keyed in during the specified duration.