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Focus Mode iPhone

Focus mode for iOS emphasizes the active sentence or paragraph while eliminating distractions, so you can concentrate on the current task.

According to user feedback, this feature shines at best when used in full-screen, dark mode. We suggest that you test both dark letters on a white background and light colors on a dark background to determine which option works for you.

How To Enable Focus Mode

You can enable/ disable Focus Mode from:

💡 If you use your iPhone with a connected keyboard, you can use D to quickly toggle Focus Mode.

Then, you will have to choose among 3 different settings: Sentence, Paragraph, and Typewriter.

Sentence

The active sentence –where your cursor is placed– is highlighted while the surrounding text is dimmed.

Paragraph

The whole active paragraph is highlighted while the surrounding text is dimmed.

Moving the cursor to a different paragraph will make it an active paragraph.

Typewriter

Unlike the two previous options, the text will not be highlighted or dimmed in this mode.

The cursor remains vertically centered in the Editor when typing or moving up or down in your document. The experience is similar to what you would have with a mechanical typewriter.

Jumping Screen When Editing?

Focus Mode is meant to be used during the writing/ creation phase and for the best experience we recommend toggling it off during any editing phases.

A conflict between the area you will select to edit and Focus Mode’s attempt to vertically center the cursor might result in the screen jumping vertically.

💡 When working with external input devices: If you wish to select text/ranges with Focus Mode enabled, you can use the ‘click + drag to select’ technique to avoid issues with selecting a range of text.

Helping You Focus More

There is more than just Focus Mode in iA Writer to help you keep your mind on your text. Learn more with those related blog posts:

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Focus Mode Mac

Focus mode for Mac emphasizes the active sentence or paragraph while eliminating distractions, so you can concentrate on the current task. According to user feedback, this feature shines at best when used in full-screen, dark mode. We suggest that you test both dark letters on a white background and light colors on a dark background

Focus Mode iPhone

Focus mode for iOS emphasizes the active sentence or paragraph while eliminating distractions, so you can concentrate on the current task. According to user feedback, this feature shines at best when used in full-screen, dark mode. We suggest that you test both dark letters on a white background and light colors on a dark background

Focus Mode iPad

Focus mode for iPadOS emphasizes the active sentence or paragraph while eliminating distractions, so you can concentrate on the current task. According to user feedback, this feature shines at best when used in full-screen, dark mode. We suggest that you test both dark letters on a white background and light colors on a dark background

Focus Mode Android

Focus mode for Android emphasizes the active sentence while eliminating distractions, so you can concentrate on the current task. According to user feedback, this feature shines at best when used in full-screen, dark mode. We suggest that you test both dark letters on a white background and light colors on a dark background to determine

Focus Mode Windows

Focus mode for Windows emphasizes the active sentence or paragraph while eliminating distractions, so you can concentrate on the current task. According to user feedback, this feature shines at best when used in full-screen, dark mode. We suggest that you test both dark letters on a white background and light colors on a dark background