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Simple distraction-free editing
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Remove visual distractions and focus on writing.


This extension is available on Emacs' own GNU ELPA. Alternatively, put darkroom.el somewhere in your load-path and require it.

The main entrypoints are two minor modes:

  • M-x darkroom-mode

    darkroom-mode makes visual distractions disappear: the mode-line is temporarily elided, text is enlarged and margins are adjusted so that text centered on the window.

  • M-x darkroom-tentative-mode

    darkroom-tentative-mode is similar, but it only turns on these features if the current buffer occupies the sole window of the Emacs frame (i.e. all other windows are deleted). Whenever the frame is split to display more windows and more buffers, the buffer exits darkroom-mode. Whenever they are deleted, the buffer re-enters darkroom-mode.

Personally, I always use darkroom-tentative-mode.

See also the customization options darkroom-margins and darkroom-fringes-outside-margins, which affect both modes.

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