Write Space: A Distraction-Free Text Editor Right Inside Your Browser [Chrome]

Joel Lee 07-12-2012

browser text editorDistraction-free editors are all the rage these days, and I’m fully aboard the train as a raving fan. I love the fact that these editors block out everything else on the computer so that you can write in peace. There’s a lot that could be said regarding our culture, that we need distraction-free programs in order to concentrate, but that’s for another article entirely.


In terms of software programs, there are a bunch of different distraction-free editors Write In Peace With These Distraction-Free Editors I have felt it. Visual clutter – thanks to menus and other markup features – have often cemented my writer’s block. So, I have tried out quite a few distraction-free text editors in a grand... Read More you can pick from. A big one is Scrivener Your Guide To Scrivener Read More , which was originally for Mac but recently released for Windows and Linux. But while most of the ones available are desktop-based, we now have a few that are browser-based – like Write Space.

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Introducing Write Space [No Longer Available], a customizable full-screen text-editor that lives in Chrome as an extension. It’s been designed to minimize the distractions that come between you and your writing, all while being easy to access and easy to use. If you spend most of your staring at a web browser already, then Write Space won’t interrupt your flow at all.

What does Write Space look like? Pretty much a blank tab with a space in the middle where you can type. It does what its name says – provides you with a space to write, regardless of what the content might be. It takes up the whole tab, too, so you can think of it as a Notepad-type extension.

Once it’s installed, launching Write Space is easy. You can either type “write space” into the URL input box and Chrome will automatically launch it for you. Or you can open up a new, blank tab and Write Space will be one of the apps you can select.


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Write Space is meant to be a simple place where you can take down quick notes or write whatever it is you need to write, then you transfer that text to some editor when you’re done with it. However, the extension will automatically save whatever you’ve typed on every keypress and display it the next time you launch Write Space. It also works offline.

There are a few options you can play with. You can change the actual size of the editing field, widening the margins or scrunching it down into a small box – whatever is up to your preference. You can also change the font and background colors in case gray-on-black isn’t your cup of tea. Font face, font size, and line-spacing aren’t set in stone either.

But that’s as far as it goes in terms of options. Then again, as a distraction-free editor, it doesn’t really need many more options.


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Write Space has one more settings option, which is basically an import feature. You can select a particular plain text file (.TXT) and the extension will fill up the writing space with the text in that file. Be careful, though, as if you already have text typed up, it will replace it completely.

Basically, Write Space not meant to be a full-featured browser text editor. If you’re looking for something like Microsoft Word in your browser, this is not the extension you want. However, if you just need a place to quickly type down notes while you browse, and if you plan on transferring that text to another file when you’re done with it, then Write Space is exactly what you need.

What do you think? Please share your comments with us. If you’ve used Write Space before, let us know what you thought of it. If you haven’t, why not?


Related topics: Google Chrome, Text Editor, Writing Tips.

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  1. Martin
    August 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Write Space is indeed distraction free writing. The problem is that when you save the file and then re-open the screen is blank even though the filesize is right. This is not good. Anybody know what caused that and how to fix it?

  2. Jeannine Berube
    February 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Very cool, will have to try this! Thanks!

  3. Jos van Doorn
    December 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Great article. You did a lot of thinking before writing it. The best part is where you told us how we can get White Space. Yeah. You really did a terrific job. I hope you have more writing for us.

    • Joel Lee
      December 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

      I sense a bit of sarcasm in your post. If there's a problem, please let me know so I can rectify it. ;)

  4. Ritwick Saikia
    December 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This could be useful. Thnks.

  5. Avish Kansakar
    December 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    will give it a try

  6. Alexander
    December 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    That looks great :) Thanks for sharing

  7. Adam Campbell
    December 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Chrome really is a neat tool, and this is just a cool example of what you can do with it

  8. Mac Witty
    December 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Have used Scrivener a lot and like it - never heard about this
    Well, having it in the browser might be to much of temptation for me to "just look at" something on the web

  9. Din One
    December 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks foor sharing this info... i will try it on my chrome...

  10. Easton Wiki
    December 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I like it.

  11. Jurmy Chris
    December 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Good to know , thx for sharing.