I use this awesome Microsoft Word feature for Distraction-Free writing

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As the name suggests, Focus mode simplifies the workspace by concealing the ribbon and other interface elements in Microsoft Word, leaving only the document visible on the screen. It is a helpful feature tailored for writers, students, and professionals who create lengthy documents.

Enable Focus Mode for Distraction-Free Writing

To enable Focus mode on Windows, open the document you wish to work on in Microsoft Word. Then, navigate to the “View” tab in the ribbon. Within the Immersive section, click on “Focus.” Alternatively, you can quickly enable Focus mode by clicking on the “Focus” button located at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Enabling focus mode in Microsoft Word.

On macOS, go to the “View” menu and click “Focus.” You can also activate Focus mode by clicking on the “Focus” button in the bottom-right corner of the window.

Enabling the Focus mode in Microsoft Word

Access Ribbon without leaving Focus Mode

Microsoft Word lets you access the ribbon without having to exit Focus mode each time you need to adjust formatting or use other options. Simply move your mouse to the top edge of the screen to reveal the ribbon.

Revealing the ribbon in the Focus mode.

Once you’re finished using the commands, drag the cursor down from the top edge, and the ribbon will automatically disappear, returning you to distraction-free writing.

Change Background in the Focus Mode

While Focus mode hides unnecessary elements from view, there’s one bit of clutter that you can’t eliminate: the free space on the sides of pages. However, a workaround I’ve found helpful is to change the background of this space to Birch, creating the sensation of writing on a piece of paper resting on a wooden table.

To change the background in Focus mode, hover over the top edge of the screen to reveal the ribbon, then navigate to the “View” tab. Expand the “Background” menu and select “Birch.”

Changing the background of the sides of a page in Microsoft Word

It’s worth noting that this background change is temporary; once you exit Focus mode, it reverts to the default page color you’ve selected.

Turn Off Focus Mode when Formatting documents

While Focus Mode in Microsoft Word is great for improving concentration while writing, remember to turn it off when formatting your document. This ensures the ribbon stays visible, giving you continuous access to formatting options. This way, you won’t have to reveal the ribbon intermittently by hovering over the top edge of the screen.

To exit Focus mode, move your cursor to the top of the screen and click on the “Focus” option (on Windows) or “Exit” button (on macOS). Alternatively, you can press the Escape key.

Turning off the Focus mode in Microsoft Word

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