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  • FocusWriter icon


    FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Freemium Windows

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    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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    Commercial Mac

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    Q10 Discontinued

    Q10 is a simple but powerful text editor designed and built with writers in mind.

    Free Windows

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    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    iA Writer

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    Commercial Mac Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Free Web / Cloud

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    Open Source Windows Total Commander

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    Commercial Mac Windows iPad

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    OmPad is a free, simple, powerful, beautiful and minimal writing app that helps you focus and concentrate on writing great content....

    Free Web / Cloud

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    ZenWriter, a text editor for Windows that cuts out all the distraction and lets you focus on letting your thoughts flow. It’s a full...

    Commercial Windows

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    ghostwriter is a Windows and Linux text editor for Markdown, which is a plain text markup format created by John Gruber. For more...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    Markdown Edit

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    Open Source Windows

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    Writebox is a simple and distraction-free text editor for Chrome and iPhone/iPad. Writebox helps you to concentrate on writing and...

    Freemium Web / Cloud iPhone Chrome OS iPad Chrome

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    Open Source Linux

  • JotterPad - Writer icon

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    Freemium Android

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    Ynote Classic

    Ynote Classic is an easy to use fast and advanced text editor with a tabbed interface and multiview. It has intelligent Syntax...

    Open Source Windows

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  • Big Huge Labs Writer icon

    Big Huge Labs Writer

    Writer is a free online distraction free writing environment provided by Big Huge Labs.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • SmartDown icon


    A zen and efficient MarkDown editor for Windows - Integrated library: All your files in the same place with Cloud (OneDrive, Dropbox...

    Commercial Windows

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    Open Source Windows

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    Free Windows

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    Free Windows

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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    Free Web / Cloud

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    Commercial Mac

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    JDarkRoom Discontinued

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    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    Dark Room

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    Free Windows

  • Macchiato icon


    Macchiato is a simple plain text editor with a twist. Modeled after TextEdit's plain text mode, the editor is a chrome-less blank...

    Commercial Mac

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    Free Windows

  • TextRoom icon

    TextRoom Discontinued

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Open Source Windows Linux

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    KoalaWriter Discontinued

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    Open Source Mac Linux

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    AceText is a smart software tool that simplifies working with text by enabling you to store, manage, edit and reuse text from a...

    Commercial Windows

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    Qute Discontinued

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

WriteMonkey Comments

I wish this app had the option of full background transpare ...

Comment by Asleif
about WriteMonkey Jun 2011

I wish this app had the option of full background transparency with opaque text.. then it would be perfect imo... I've been wishing for it forever :(
Also I wish it were a little more elegantly designed, like OmmWriter and ZenWriter, but other than that, it's up there in the top five <3


Absolutely the best. For the first time, I've found a softw ...

Comment by Tyrolancer
about WriteMonkey Jun 2011

Absolutely the best. For the first time, I've found a software environment that makes me WANT to write!


This program is the best thing for writing I have found. It ...

Comment by Rockidr4
about WriteMonkey Jun 2011

This program is the best thing for writing I have found. It blows all other full screen writers out of the water. While this comment may not be a testimony to what it will do for your writing, I prmose, you will be without distraction, and confusion.


WriteMonkey is a full-screen plain text editor that deserve ...

Comment by katisasoftwarejunkie
about WriteMonkey Jun 2011

WriteMonkey is a full-screen plain text editor that deserves more attention. It's fast, stable, with plenty of features and yet very simple.

In a fit of nostalgia I went looking for a full-screen text editor to relive my days of writing until 4am in DOS. After trying nearly every one available to Windows, I settled on WriteMonkey.

One of my sticking points with these types of applications is the lack of rich text. I'm addicted to my bold and italic text. WriteMonkey uses plain text, but uses the standard shortcuts ctrl-i and ctrl-b to automatically put markup around text, and includes an export to html or doc. A great compromise.