Knowing Your Way Around Write!

As more and more people are starting to use Write!, we’ve decided to make a series of posts that will make it easy to find a way around the app. On the first launch of Write! many of you have no idea what to start with, why everything is so white, where the heck are the formatting options, or what stands behind the productivity tools and how to find them. In this article we’ll introduce to you how all the things work and where to go not to get lost in all these thickets of tools.
We’ll start with the basic things you need to know to become an advanced Write! user.

Quickly Launch/Hide Write!

Sometimes we get into situations when every second is precious, and wasting time on search of a shortcut icon on the desktop is just unaffordable. This is where Ctrl+` comes into the game. This shortcut will instantly bring the Write! in front of other Windows apps. Press Ctrl+` again and the app will vanish in the system tray. Add Write! to the system start and it will always be at hand.



Use Different Writing Modes

There is nothing worse than an app that can’t be customized. Or, I’d say, nothing worse than a writing app that doesn’t have different writing modes. Write! suggests you three distinct writing modes: full-screen, note-taking (with tabs on the side), and a “regular” one in which you can adjust the app’s window as per your need. To switch between the modes use the F11 button.

In our point of view, each of these modes has its purpose.

Note-taking, for example, is used to quickly draft an important piece of information, a grocer’s list, or add another bullet to your “to do” list. It is very good combined with Ctrl+` — bring Write! to the top, make a note, and hide it into the system tray.

Full-screen is designed to leave you alone with text, where there are no distractions and unnecessary tools. All you need here is just to write and forget about anything else but your text.

And the last one, “regular” mode is used for whatever you like. If you don’t like the note-taking mode because the tabs are on the side, or full-screen because it overlays everything else, this one is right for you.



Format Texts Like a Pro

Write! wouldn’t be Write! without a bunch of text editing and formatting tools. All this is hidden behind the Ctrl+Space shortcut. Hold the Ctrl button pressed and press Space a few times more to switch between the tabs. Just try it and you will see what options are there. Alternatively, you can right-click to access the same menu and navigate it with the mouse.

Using Ctrl+Space allows you to always remain on the home row without touching the mouse. It is created so that you could fully concentrate on text and the keyboard without distracting to anything else.



Access your Files from Anywhere

You don’t have to be a PhD in rocket science to launch the cloud and to start using it. All you need to do is to click a little circle at the bottom left-hand corner of Write!’s window. This is actually what is responsible for the launch of the cloud, as well as the F4 shortcut. Cloud sync enables you to access all documents from any PC just by signing into your cloud account.



Writing at Night? Easy!

Writing at night hours with the screen being so white can well strain your eyes. For this case we’ve created the dark theme to make you feel extra comfortable writing in darkness. It order to enable it, go to Write!’s Settings (Alt+Enter or, alternatively, via the File menu) > Global theme > choose Dark and click save. To switch back to the light theme, do the same.

Dark theme


Give your Texts a Refined Stylish Look

The best way to give your writing a good and stylish look is by using preset text styles that are incorporated into Write!. There are two ways to view the presets or to apply them to your text — either by using the F8 button, or by going to the View menu and choosing Show Preset Bar (underlined letters, in this case P, are responsible for activating the feature). Clicking a preset will apply it to the document that is currently open.



Improving Writing Productivity is Easy

One of the main concepts of Write! is that it assists you in improving writing productivity and efficiency. It is partly done by means of the productivity tools that are hidden behind the icon at the bottom of the screen. These tools allow you to set targets, count how many words per day or characters per minute you have written, calculate an approximate reading time, and show you the type of the document based on its size. To customize the counters, right-click its icon and set it up as you prefer. If you are writing in the full-screen mode, hover Write!’s bottom border to see the counters.



What is a Writing Session?

If you are using Write! Pro EAP, you should definitely have an account with the access to all the cloud features. One of them is Writing Sessions. To put it simple, a writing session is a place to organize multiple tabs that are synced to the cloud. Switching between such sessions re-opens all inner tabs at once.

A good use case of writing sessions might be a simultaneous work on multiple projects. For instance, writing a master’s thesis for university and working on another blog post for a personal web-site. No doubt you will need to switch between different contexts quite a lot, but restoring multiple tabs one by one may be a great headache. This is where you go to Sessions and create a new one for every new project.



Why Some Tabs are With Asterisks

You might have wondered what an asterisk on the tab means and how to get rid of it. We’ve even got some requests to remove the asterisk from Write!’s UI, however it is not possible. This graphical sign shows that the document has not been saved and is now stored as a draft. If you save all files locally or move them to the cloud, the asterisk will disappear.

And Of Course This One

For all the other things that you are not aware of, as well as for searching and reassigning shortcuts, use well-known F1 that triggers the Help menu of Write!. Apart from shortcut combinations, there is a markup helper for the lovers of Markdown, Wiki and Textile, but we’ll look at it deeper in further articles.

We would like to hear from you. How did you start to use Write! and what are your personal tips to improve writing productivity?

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Chaotic Chipmunk
Community manager and content creator at Write!. When not at work, Chaotic Chipmunk can be found reading, cycling, taking film photos or hanging out with family & friends.
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1 Comment

  • “How did you start to use Write!”

    I remember seeing it mentioned on a blog, but it’s been so long ago I can’t recall which one or what the topic was. I was drawn to its concepts of “distraction free writing” and ‘composition enabling ” since I have a high ADHD aspect and low Working Memory Capacity.
    Downloaded and installed the free version but before I could use it, life happened. It sent composing anything other than email to the bottom of my todo list; until yesterday.
    Suddenly Write! was just what I needed; but I had installed it on a PC that had gone toes up. “No problem” I thought. “Google’s my friend.” And it let me down.

    I tried every way I could think of to find you guys. And then called a friend and used a lifeline. Nada. Finally found a backup of the installation file on a flash drive. I’ve been using the program for the past 8 hrs and love it. But you’ve got to make yourself easier to find.

    The only other suggestion I can offer is coming up with a “Plan B” in case the $5/month doesn’t pan out for ya’ll.

    Best of luck,