Five distraction-free text editors for Google Chrome

Since you can already use Google Chrome to check your e-mail, the weather, and news stories, why not try to get some work done in it, too? Here's a serving of five distraction-free (and free in cost) text editors that you can use right inside of your browser, yet still save your work for later.

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With the Web having so many interesting things to look at, it can be difficult to get work done. Since you can already use Google Chrome to check your e-mail, the weather, and news stories, why not try to get some work done in it, too? Here's a serving of five distraction-free (and free in cost) text editors available in the Chrome Web Store that you can use right inside of your browser, yet still save your work for later.


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Write Space

This app offers that blank slate you often hear about. Working offline is no problem, as it saves your data locally for later use. Background color, text color and other visual details of the app can be customized, and you can also set it to open in full-screen mode. And for those who need to see their word count, the developer, Haydn Trowell, managed to squeeze that in too.


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Pillarbox

An excellent choice for the typewriter lover in all of us (or not, since you can disable it). Words will move up as you type, maintaining that old-style typewriter feel. Manual saving is available, otherwise the app will save your work every 10 seconds, and at the closing of each document. If you're writing something really boring, you can entertain yourself with the live word count at the bottom of the screen--and even set word count goal alerts. There's no keyboard shortcuts since there's a menu to help you customize the app to your heart's content.


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QuietWrite

Hello, zen. While not allowing you to adjust the colors of the app, the appearance is quite peaceful and easy on the eyes. Black text rests on a cool aqua background, and a strings-free editing box. There's room for a title on each post, and your content can even be posted for free on its Web site. It's kind of like LiveJournal, but without too many options to distract you. Work can be saved and reopened in the app for easy editing.

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WriteKit

No colors to change, no fonts to pick, no fancy buttons at the top--this app is the premium example of a bare-bones editor. The default page offers title and body sections for each writing piece. Despite the fact that you cannot adjust the background and text colors in this app, it does have at least one saving grace: DropBox sync. Documents that you create and edit are synced to a new folder in DropBox (one created by the app). This makes sharing and editing documents from other locations a breeze.


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Writeulus

Writeulus lets you adjust the background and text colors, along with the font face. After writing, you can save your work offline for easy access. You can use this app from any computer with a Google Chrome browser, making it easy to write on a plane, in a taxi, or on the train. If you want a super simplistic interface with some minor visual tweaks and you want to get started writing now, this app is the one for you. Plus the developer says it will make you sexier...and who doesn't want to be sexier?

 

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