Clear your space… Free your mind. Just write.

I have to say that I am extremely impressed by the Distraction-free writing mode provided by WordPress. It’s a great tool for productive writing. I didn’t consider using it until I watched Pando Monthly with guest Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the founder of WordPress and Founder/Primary Developer at Automattic. When Matt mentioned it, actually it was the way he mentioned it, I had to give it a shot.

Once I enabled it on a post I immediately fell in love with its simplicity. It’s just you and a clear work-space inviting you to write. I’ll admit, I had to go back to the standard view just to make sure everything was still running underneath my new writing space.

Clear-your-space-Free-your-mind-Just-writeTo enable this feature within WordPress, select the full screen writing option within the page or post visual editor, then press F11 (Windows) to enter full screen mode within your browser. The result… brilliant whitespace. The entire screen is your slate. There is nothing else to look at except the work that unfolds as you type. Use it to get the meat into your post, then you can trick it out with media to dress it up a bit more before publishing. If you need simple editing tools, they are available if you need them. Just mouse up to the top of the browser and a simple bar appears. It knows when to go away and automatically hides when you start writing again. And don’t worry about losing your work if the power goes out or lightning strikes your computer, autosave is enabled. Just write.

Give the Distraction-free writing mode a try if you haven’t already. It’s simply brilliant!

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Scot Rumery

Business advisor, database engineer and web developer specializing in technology implementation.

I have always been interested in how things work. I’m excited about making things better and I am deeply interested in the process, taking the time to understand why and how, listening and learning. Why is something set up a certain way and what makes it work? How can we make it better?

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