Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about a wonderful distraction free writing tool, aptly named FocusWriter (the article: Use FocusWriter To Improve Your Writing). I extolled the virtues of writing with a distraction free editor, and then told how I used FocusWriter to initially write an article; then, if I was using the piece for my blog, I would copy the text; paste it into the WordPress editor; and finally, add graphics (if any) and do the last “re-edit”. This process has worked fine for me for months, but several days ago, I found, literally “under my nose” (and thereby forever proving my lack of a keen sense of the obvious) an option in WordPress that works even better.
There is a little box in the upper right hand corner of the WordPress editor (see graphic above, – the red arrow points to the “box”). The box, appears to have an “X” inside, and I originally believed that “clicking” on this would simply take my article in the editor to “Full Screen”. In fact it does just that, but it also takes you to a “built-in” distraction free editor (see graphic below).
The WordPress distraction free editor eliminates the cutting and pasting step is used in FocusWriter. When I am done with my article in the WordPress distraction free editor, I move my mouse to the top of the screen, a horizontal drop down box appears, and I “click” on “exit full screen”. I am then back at the “normal editor” where I can add graphics and finish editing.
FocusWriter still has a number of uses for my writing projects, but for my blog, the built-in distraction free editor in WordPress is my new number one choice.