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Word With No Distractions

There is some pretty innovative software showing up on the Mac these days. An app that caught my eye today is WriteRoom from Hog Bay Software. WriteRoom is a full-screen text editor with… nothing else. Just a blank screen and your text, no OS distractions. Excellent!

Alas, I use Windows and Linux, not MacOS. Fortunately, there is an easy way to imitate WriteRoom in Microsoft Word 2003 on WinXP. Just fire up Word, press Alt-V, then U, and voila, you're running Word in full-screen mode. As an added bonus, there is a special full-screen toolbar that you can customize or leave blank as you see fit. Interestingly, if I also open the options dialog and change the default Word color scheme to be white text on a blue background (a la the classic WordPerfect for DOS), I find it even easier to concentrate and write. Additionally, I mapped the F11 key to the View/ToggleFull function, which is the same key used for switching to and from full-screen mode in Internet Explorer and Opera.

Funny that this feature has been in MS Word all along, but it took an innovative developer on the Mac to make me aware of it.

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