Distraction-Free Text Editor Crea Writer

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 4, 2010
Updated • May 23, 2018
Software, Windows software

Crea Writer is an application for the Windows operating system that provides writers with a basic distraction free interface. The main idea behind the program is to reduce the number of distractions to a bare minimum when using the application.

It is not the first application to provide users with these options; we have reviewed several programs like PyRoom for Linux or Write Monkey for the Windows operating system.

Crea Writer launches as a full screen window that displays either a white background or a background image.

Users who donate can change the background colors and other settings of the program (for instance reversing the colors to a black background and white text color).

Crea Writer

The controls are not shown in full screen mode unless the mouse is moved to either side of the screen. All controls are then displayed on a left and right sidebar with the left bar containing text formatting controls and the right file operations and options.

The standard version is limited compared to the version that users get when they donate. It lacks among other things hotkeys, auto saves, some text formatting controls, the break timer or the configurable display colors.

The background image can either be disabled, set to be transparent or exchanged with another image. The text component is not nearly as complex as that offered by Word or other word processors. It lacks some features that one would expect from text editors like the ability to create chapters or to include images.

It should be sufficient for users who only want to write text in a minimal distraction free environment. But then again, using Notepad in full screen mode has nearly the same effect.

Crea Writer can be downloaded from the developer's website. It works with all recent versions of the Windows operating systems.

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  1. Votre said on March 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Nice application, but I’ll stick to my favorite: WriteMonkey.

    Can’t see any advantage to switching.

    But why would there be? These are ‘minimalistic’ text editors we’re taking about. The whole idea is to “keep it simple.”

  2. doctorfrog said on March 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Seconding the above post, Q10 is an excellent, customizable, and free fullscreen plaintext editor.

  3. Rico said on March 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Q10 still gets my vote for minimal, full featured, full screen text editors.


  4. Crodol said on March 5, 2010 at 4:38 am

    What is the advantage of using this program (or even WriteMonkey) over either MS Word or Notepad?

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