Focus While Writing With These Little-Known Secrets in WordPress

by | Jul 16, 2020 | Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

Writing is hard, no matter if you write blog posts, news articles, or business articles. In this guide, I will be sharing a couple features in WordPress to help you focus while writing.

Focus on writing with these little-known secrets

Focus While Writing

Fullscreen Mode

I know for me, sometimes I can get distracted by the WordPress sidebar and the topbar on the back-end. If you’re distracted by the administrator sidebar and topbar when editing, I’m going to show you how to hide them in the editor.

The WordPress administrator sidebar

The ability to hide the sidebar and topbar isn’t well known, and WordPress doesn’t place the option in an obvious place. Take a look at the top right corner of the editor. You will see the what you’re probably familiar with: Save Draft, Preview, Publish, and the settings gear button. I have Divi installed and Rank Math SEO which is why there’s a D button and a score as well. What you may not realize is there is a button with three dots on the far right.

The top right corner of the WordPress editor

Click the button with the three dots and a drop-down menu will appear. This drop-down contains a lot of options pertaining to the editor itself. For example, you can toggle the view between the Visual Editor and the Code Editor. Other plugins may add other options as well. There are also some useful utilities that WordPress provides such as the Block Manager, ability to manage keyboard shortcuts, copy all content, and more.

The drop-down menu from the button with the three dots in the top right corner of the WordPress editor

The most useful section of these drop-down options for our purposes is the View section. You will see three options: Top toolbar, Spotlight mode, and Fullscreen mode. Since WordPress 5.4, WordPress defaults to fullscreen mode, which is main feature that will help people focus while writing. If you’re not in fullscreen mode for some reason, you can enable it by clicking the Fullscreen mode option. I would recommend checking out the other two options to find which one you prefer.

Changing Your Administrator Color Scheme

Another way to tweak the interface to help you focus while writing is by changing the admin color scheme. To see the different themes available to you, go to the Users page, and click your administrator account.

The users page in WordPress

By default, WordPress is well… set to the default admin color scheme. Feel free to pick a gentler color for your eyes.

The profile settings for a user in WordPress

If you picked a new admin color scheme, click Update Profile at the bottom of the page to save the new color.

The Update Profile button at the bottom of the profile settings page

Then you can enjoy your new admin color scheme. Don’t worry about it applying to anyone else’s user account. The new color scheme will only be applied to your account.

The profile settings with the light WordPress theme applied


These two little-known features should help you focus while writing. I would recommend checking out the different options I mentioned to find the ones that work for you. Do you know other features in WordPress that might help people focus while writing? Let me know in the comments below!

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