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Minimalistic text editors

Do you easily get distracted when you are writing with social media, your cellphone, etc.? This is a list of free apps to help you stay focused on your writing. You may also want to read our article How to enter the flow state.

Minimalistic text editors

Minimalistic text editors

  1. If you only want to concentrate on your writing, FocusWriter is a simple, distraction-free writing environment. It utilizes a hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen. _It is just about you and your text. It is free and simple.
  2. For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full-screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, _WriteRoom lets you focus on writing.
  3. Q10 is a simple, small, fast and powerful text editor, designed and built with writers in mind, which runs in Windows. It is a full-screen editor, so you will be able to focus on your work and avoid distractions. It also provides live text statistics, such as word, page, and character counts. You can download and use it for free.
  4. WriteMonkey is a Windows writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words. It is light, fast and free. WriteMonkey


  5. JDarkRoom is a popular, simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand.
  6. Vim is a highly configurable text editor for efficiently creating and editing any kind of text. It is included as “vi” with most UNIX systems and with Apple OS X.

Vim modes: insert (i), commandn (:), visual (v). Move in the text: Arrows keys or H (left) J (down) K (up) L (right). You can type x to delete a character, dd an entire line, d$ delete from current position to the end of the line or type u to undo the last change. You may want to copy from the clipboard: Ctrl + Shift + V.

Useful commands: :w save, :wq save and quit, :q! exit without saving, !python mySourceFile.py (run it). Copy and Paste: yw (yank word, copy) + p (put), yy (yank an entire line, copy) + p(put) or y$ (yank to the end of the current line) + p. Search: **/**text, n (next instance).

set encoding=utf-8 " Sets how vim shall represent characters internally. Utf-8 is necessary for most flavors of Unicode. 
syntax enable " Enables syntax highlighing. 
set noswapfile " Disabling swap files. 
set scrolloff=7 " There are always at least 7 lines visible above and below the cursor.
" Allow backspacing work like in most other programs set backspace=indent,eol,start
set tabstop=4 " The width of a tabstop. 
set softtabstop=4 
set shiftwidth=4 
set expandtab " The tab key will insert spaces instead of tab characters. 
set autoindent " Automatically indent lines 
set fileformat=unix 
set ruler " Show the cursor position all the time 
set mouse=a " Enable your mouse 
let mapleader = ' ' " Set leader key 
set number " Line numbers 
set clipboard=unnamedplus " Copy paste between vim and everything else 
set spelllang=en,es,cjk " Spell languages 

" Specify a directory for plugins 
call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged') 
Plug 'morhetz/gruvbox' 
Plug 'jiangmiao/auto-pairs' 
Plug 'preservim/nerdtree' 
Plug 'preservim/nerdcommenter' 
Plug 'norcalli/nvim-colorizer.lua' 
Plug 'vim-airline/vim-airline' "Setting up a status bar 
Plug 'vim-airline/vim-airline-themes' 
Plug 'plasticboy/vim-markdown' 

" Initialize plugin system
call plug#end() 

colorscheme gruvbox
let g:airline\_theme='gruvbox' 

if (has("termguicolors")) 
set termguicolors

lua require 'colorizer'.setup()

" NERDCommenter Ctrl + '/' toggle comments
nmap  NERDCommenterToggle 
vmap  NERDCommenterTogglegv 

" NERDTree F2 open a file explorer
let NERDTreeQuitOnOpen=1 
nmap  :NERDTreeToggle 

" F11 Toggle spell. To correct the error, you can press Ctrl, X, followed by s 
nnoremap   :set spell!
inoremap   :set spell!

- Reload Nvim (so %) and install plugins (:PlugInstall).
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