FocusWriter for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.8.3
  • 3.6
  • (191)
  • Security Status

Softonic review

Kristina Schulz
Kristina SchulzUpdated 19 days ago

A stripped down, relaxing writing program

Do you spend a lot of time writing on your PC? For many people, Microsoft Word is the default application for writing text, but it has many more features than most people need. Focus Writer is a lightweight basic text writer, designed to be free of the distractions of complex word processing applications. In fullscreen mode, there are no toolbars of windows, just a background and your text - so it can help people writing who need to concentrate

Focus Writer can be windowed or full screen, and the ribbon of buttons at the top appears when you mouse over the area. Its basic features include a find tool - you can search for a word in your text and replace it. The themes button allows you to create custom themes, with your own background, font and so on. In preferences you can turn on auto save and also set goals for the day - by time or number of words, useful for professional writers. Rolling the cursor over the bottom of the window brings up another ribbon, with basic file information - title, word count, percentage of daily goal and the time.

If you need complex formatting, or to add images or tables to your work, this in not the right kind of application Focus Writer is solely for text, and nothing else which may suit writers, but will probably be too limited for many people. It doesn't feature a spell checker, either. Despite this, if you need a distraction free writing program, Focus Writer works very well, and its customization tools are really good.

Focus Writer will helps to create a quiet atmosphere on your computer, perfect for writing without distractions.


  • Add your own background picture
  • Create a a workspace that is comfortable for you
  • No installation required


  • Will only open and save TXT files
  • No spell check

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FocusWriter for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.8.3
  • 3.6
  • (191)
  • Security Status

User reviews about FocusWriter

  • Kobac

    by Kobac

    I just read a review of this program elsewhere and it mentioned that there *was* a spell-check function under the Tools tab. It even showed a screensh More

  • Lubna Sayeed

    by Lubna Sayeed

    not a good app since it doesn't have most of the features with latest versions which is now available with any upgraded features.

  • Keith Gledhill

    by Keith Gledhill

    Great piece of software that has increased my writing outpu by 150%. Well done people

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    The best word processing program ever!.
    The best word processing program ever!
    99.9% of the time used for writing is simply writing, forma More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Super-clean, attractive interface; great for journaling and pure writing .
    I use FocusWriter along with about 5 other word processors. With mo More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    FocusWriter, where have you been all my life?.
    I've been looking for a lightweight, no-nonsense writing program for a while that doesn't bog the More


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