distraction free writing button

WordPress Basics: Distraction Free Writing

New WordPress users often find the WordPress content editor overwhelming. And even old-timers can find it distracting. As you can see, there’s a lot going on.

default content editor

If you prefer a more zen-like writing area, press the Distraction Free Writing button located in the top right corner of the editing window.

distraction free writing button

Here’s the result:

distraction free content editor

Much better, eh? I’m already feeling more creative and relaxed!

The menu bar at the top will fade out after a second or two. To make it reappear, move your cursor to the top of the page.

fullscreen visual formatting

Click “Exit fullscreen” to return to the default content editor.

Choose “Visual” or “Text” to switch between the Visual Editor, a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editor like Microsoft Word, and the Text Editor, which requires you to manually add any needed formatting using HTML code.

In Visual mode, you can, continuing from left to right, add bold text, italic text, an unordered list, an ordered list, a block quote, media (an image, video or audio clip) and a link. You can also remove a link, get help and save your work.

In Text mode, only the add media and add link options are available.

fullscreen text formatting options

Finally, you’ll need to exit distraction free writing mode to preview or publish your post, and to add categories and tags.

Here’s wishing you a pleasant and productive WordPress writing experience!