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Writing in Microsoft Word Without Any Distractions

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From LifeHacker:

Add-on utility WriteSpace turns Microsoft Word 2007 into a distraction-free writing environment with the push of a button—making productive writing easy.

For the past few months I’ve been looking for the ideal way to write drafts without distraction, especially given my somewhat unique writing situation (a big burst on Sunday).  My two favorite tools for word processing/blogging on Windows are Word and Windows Live Writer (a fantastic application!) but to-date I haven’t been able to go completely distraction-free in those programs.  With WriteSpace I now can – without sacrificing the power of Word.

This is how it looks and works after you install it.

In the View tab you now have a new chunk for Writespace that either drops you into distraction-free mode or let’s you tweak some options.

WriteSpace

And this is what it looks like in action:

WriteSpace

Why this is interesting:

  • Since it’s built into Word you can drop into and back out of distraction-free mode without losing the functionality of Word.  It’s all there under the covers (including spell-check if you want it) but really helps you focus on the task at hand and not all those fun options like Mail Merge 😉
  • It integrates really nicely into Word – it doesn’t feel like a “hack”.  It feels like it’s a natural part of Word.
  • It’s simple to install and get running thanks to an all-in-one installer for all the requirements.

Download it and give it a shot – what do you think?

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Written by Mike Torres

March 9th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Posted in Tools

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