The beautiful part about this is that when you click in the window and start typing, all the sidebars and menus fade way so that you can just focus on writing...
... the moment you move your mouse outside the writing window all the sidebars and menus come back!
This is a huge improvement over the previous experience with WordPress 4.0 where once you clicked the button you were in a white screen with no way out unless you scrolled up and clicked the link in the menu bar that appeared:
I found the WordPress 4.0 way so annoying that I never used it. Inevitably after I entered the mode I needed to change categories or tags or something like that - and so it was simply easier to NOT use the distraction-free mode.
The WordPress development team produced a video that shows how well this new writing mode works.
I like it because it lets me write but also makes it super easy for me to get back to the menus and sidebars.
All you need to do to enable the "distraction-free writing" mode is to click on the box on the right top of the editing window:
It acts as a toggle to turn the "DFW" mode on or off.
Very nicely done!
There were of course many other aspects of the WordPress 4.1 release. The release post and the field notes as well as the codex entry go into much more detail. The Twenty Fifteen theme is pretty cool... and some of the other features are also interesting. But for me... I just like this new writing environment!
What do you think? What do you like best about WordPress 4.1?
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