How to Improve the WordPress Distraction Free Writing Mode

Do you want to write faster and eliminate all distractions? WordPress comes with a distraction free writing mode. However many users feel that distraction free writing mode in WordPress lacks some important features. In this article, we will show you how to improve the WordPress… Read More »

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Do you want to write faster and eliminate all distractions? WordPress comes with a distraction free writing mode. However many users feel that distraction free writing mode in WordPress lacks some important features. In this article, we will show you how to improve the WordPress distraction free writing mode.

A real distraction free writing mode for WordPress

What is Distraction Free Writing Mode

WordPress comes with a powerful post editor screen with many features. There is a whole column of options on the right and below the post editor. Many users find it perfectly adequate for writing their blog posts.

However, some users need a more clutter free space to turn their thoughts into words. For those users, WordPress comes with a distraction free mode (DFM). Clicking on the distraction free button hides other options from the screen.

Default WordPress distraction free mode

This new distraction free mode was introduced in WordPress 4.1. It replaced the older DFM which actually hid all the screen elements and provided a real full screen writing space. However, users felt that it lacked the necessary buttons and controls that they needed.

Just Writing is a WordPress plugin that provides a simpler solution. It combines the old distraction free writing mode with the flexibility to choose the buttons and controls you want to display on screen.

Improving Distraction Free Writing Mode with Just Writing

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Just Writing plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Users » Your Profile and scroll down to Just Writing section to configure the plugin settings.

Just Writing settings

First you need to make sure that you check the box next to Enable. After that you can choose your Just Writing controls under the quick options.

  • Minimal – has nothing but save and exit.
  • Old WordPress default – Looks like the default distraction free writing mode used before WordPress 4.1.
  • Just Writing default – a balanced toolbar with a handful number of controls.
  • Advanced – A distraction free mode with more advanced controls
  • Full – All buttons and many of the options enabled.
  • Custom – Select your own controls

Choosing custom will show advanced options below it. You can choose options and buttons you want to display on your custom distraction free mode.

Custom controls

Don’t forget to click on the update profile button to save your settings.

Using Just Writing Distraction Free Mode in WordPress

Since WordPress 4.1 revamped the distraction free editor, Just Writing added its own writing page. You can add a new post in the Just Writing’s DFM by visiting Posts » Write. You can also edit drafts and other posts by clicking on the ‘Write’ link below the post.

Launching distraction free writing mode

Just Writing’s distraction free writing mode will launch with the options and controls you selected in your profile.

Preview of Just Writing's distraction free writing mode

We hope this article helped you improve the WordPress distraction free writing mode. You may also want to see our 6 tips for creating a killer editorial calendar in WordPress

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