Zim - A Desktop Wiki

Distraction Free Editing

This plugin adds settings that help using zim as a distraction free editor.

Dependencies: This plugin has no additional dependencies.

See also: Usage:Creative Writing


The options Hide menubar in fullscreen mode, Hide toolbar in fullscreen mode and Hide statusbar in fullscreen mode toggle the visibility of the various widgets in fullscreen mode. (If the the menubar is not hidden, you can also toggle these elements using the "View" menu.)

The option Maximum page width sets the maximum width of the pageview in pixels and the option Border width sets a margin in pixels along the top and bottom of the screen.

The options Text background color and Text foreground color set the color scheme for the fullscreen mode. These setting affect the base colors, see also Config Files for more options to change the color of links, headings etc.


The effects of this plugin are only seen in fullscreen mode. The toolbar and menubar will be hidden and the pageview is layed out in the center of the screen with a fixed maximum width. To fully enter distraction free mode you should also hide any side panes, although you can choose what panes you need while editing.

Useful keybindings to use in this mode:

<F11> to toggle to full screen mode and back to normal window
<F9> to toggle side pane visibility
Shift<f9> to show all side panes
<Ctrl><Space> optionally to temporarily access the index and hide it again

Of course all other keybindings keep working, but less discoverable when the menubar is hidden.

Note: by default zim already hides the toolbar, the statusbar and the pathbar in fullscreen mode, but you can toggle them on again. If they are visible in fullscreen mode and you want to hide them, you first will need to show the menubar and hide them from there.