Focus on Your Writing in Word

Sometimes you just need to write (like the editor of this blog who really needs to quit procrastinating and get this stuff written). Having a bunch of menus, colors, window elements, etc… to distract you can keep you from being as productive as you can. While there are dedicated apps for distraction free writing (like FocusWriter, Calmly Writer and ZenWriter), you can get a lot of similar functionality in Microsoft Word. Here are a couple options to allow you to focus.

Hide the Menu Bar

First off, if you just want to get rid of the top menu ribbon bar (to remove the distraction of all the buttons/options up there) you can do that fairly easily. Hit “Ctrl – F1” on your keyboard, and the menu goes away:

You can then rely on your handy Word keyboard shortcuts to format everything.

Press Ctrl-F1 again to make the ribbon menu come back.

Word Focus Mode

If removing the menu bar isn’t enough, you can use Word’s built-in Focus view. Under the “View” menu, click on “Focus”:

After you click on “Focus”, your document will go full screen and all you’ll see is the document surrounded by black to minimize distractions as much as possible.

To get out of Focus mode, hit “Esc” on the keyboard to get back to normal Word again.

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