Should You Use the WordPress Full Screen Feature?

WordPress Wednesday

Today’s post is another in the WordPress Wednesday series that I pop into every so often and it may turn out to be a secret WordPress gem.

Were you aware that there’s a full screen editor within WordPress?

Most of us are familiar with the Visual and Text Editor tabs on the new page and new post screens, but were you aware that there is also a Full-Screen editor? It’s actually pretty well hidden so you may not have even noticed.

Let me show you where the button is for launching the Full-Screen Editor and then we’ll look at why you may want to consider using it.

WP full screen mode button

See that “X-like” image in the red box? Click that and you are now working in the Full-Screen Editor. You’ll notice that you basically have a clean white screen just for entering your content, no toolbar, no sidebar fields, no below post boxes, simply a clean area for creating your contact.

So have you already guessed the main reason you may want to consider working in Full-Screen Editor mode?

Yep, it’s to be distraction free. Many find it easier and faster to work on a clean slate without any clutter.

When you hover your cursor along the top a brief menu bar appears. When working in Visual mode you will see the bold and italic commands, insert media and links, and a save button to save your content.

WP full screen visual mode

If you prefer working in the Text mode, only the insert media and links buttons are visible, and yes the save button. In this mode, if you’re familiar with the keyboard shortcuts in WordPress you can work even faster.

WP full screen text mode

Once you have completed entering in your content, you do need to click out of Full-Screen mode to publish your masterpiece. You will also want to do this to add your categories, tags, and meta-description – and possibly to preview your post before publishing.

Give it a try with your next blog post entry. It may take a bit of getting used to but many find the distraction free Full-Screen Editor an easier and faster way to be productive.

What do you think about working in the Full-Screen Editor mode?


To your hard earned success,
Marilyn T



  1. I really like the design of your site I hope to have a great website like this someday. You have a lot of information to check out so I will be back.

  2. I’m not a fan of this view because it helps me to have the toolbar handy. I can see where it would be of use to many people though. I don’t understand why it’s so hidden away.
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  3. I discovered this gem yesterday. I saw the X and wondered what it was. I like the clean look so I might start using this view. 🙂
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  4. I’ve never noticed that feature before. I’m not sure if I could work in WP with it like this though. I’m one of those who can ignore the distractions at the side of the screen, and have developed a routine now for posting on whatever site I’m on. But there are plenty of people who won’t be able to deal with the distractions, and your post will speak volumes to them. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Thanks Alexandria,
      That’s why it’s nice to have so many options as we all work a bit differently. Much like you I’m not really distracted by the sidebars and such.

  5. I know of this feature and have used it, not to my liking but I can see why it helps some bloggers be more productive. Sadly techniques that work for others don’t work for me, but maybe I’ll give it a second try and see if I get used to it.
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  6. You know, I’ve never used that feature. I can see it would be handy when composing from scratch. Thanks for the tip!
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  7. I feel like I live in WordPress some days between all my own sites and those of my clients, but I never use the full screen feature. I know of it, but don’t use it. I don’t know why.
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  8. Marilyn,

    I don’t think I’ve paid any attention to that feature. I think I’d enjoy working in WP like this. There’s so much inside the dashboard with the last upgrade. Thanks for sharing this WordPress gem!

    Love your Wednesday WP tip idea!
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