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FocusWriter Portable 1.6.16

A distraction-free word processor that leaves you free to focus on your work

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 04 September 2018
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Developer: Graeme Gott
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FocusWriter Portable
Focus on your writing using FocusWriter Portable

If you are using a word processor, it is likely that you need to focus on getting words onto the page. The problem with many modern word processors is that they are so feature packed that the program interface itself can be a serious distraction from what you are meant to be doing. FocusWriter Portable is a distraction-free word processor that does away many interface features.

The program can be run in full-screen mode so the rest of your desktop cannot serve to distract you, so you are presented with nothing more than a blank page that you are encouraged to fill with your words. FocusWriter includes support for basic file formats - .txt and .rtf - and the fact that it is a portable app means that it can be popped onto a USB drive and taken from one computer to another with ease.

Or course, no word processor would be complete without at least some tools and options, and while FocusWriter presents you with a clean interface, hidden tools can be accessed by moving the mouse to one of the edges of the screen. Useful options such as a live word count are on hand as are basic customisation options such as a the ability to add a soothing background image to your work environment.

To help keep you motivated, FocusWriter includes daily goal. You can set yourself a word count that you would like to hit by the end of the day, or indicate that you would like to work for a certain number of hours. While there are not a huge number of options, you are able to work with multiple documents that can be accessed through tabs at the bottom of the screen.

v1.6.16 changes:

- FIXED: Could not browse shortcuts in Windows file dialogs.
- FIXED: Could not always save to remote drives.

Verdict:

A free word processor that enables you to focus on your writing; it's not a Word killer, but it's good at what it does.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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