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Give Google Docs a distraction-free upgrade

By February 27, 2020Newsletters

I don’t know about you, but I spend a shockingly high amount of my life staring at the Google Docs interface.

Docs is where I write all of my columns and articles along with other assorted musings. And by and large, it’s an ideal environment for me to transfer thoughts from my noggin onto the screen: It’s fully featured enough to do everything I want and yet simple enough to be easy to use. And, of course, all of my work is constantly saved, instantly available on my phone (or any other device I happen to be using), and automatically connected to the rest of the Google ecosystem in some pretty helpful ways.

Still, I can’t help but feel the occasional tinge of envy when I see people talking about their super-minimalist, distraction-free writing apps — those canvas-like surfaces for scribbling words in a serene setting, with an eye-pleasing color scheme and no on-screen commands to steal away focus. Whenever I see one of those interfaces and then go back to Docs, I’m suddenly all too aware of the fact that I’m working in an overly sterile word processor instead of the spa-like oasis of a writing app.

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