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The Editor is where you will spend most of your time with iA Writer. We worked hard to achieve the same typographical experience here as found in our other apps.

Using the Editor

To start a new document in iA Writer, do one of the following:

If you have a folder selected in the Library, your document will be automatically saved in this folder once you have written the first line of text. It will base the file name on this first line, and you can choose to rename the file later via the right-click menu if you desire.

If you wish to save your documents manually, you can turn off Autosave New Files in FilePreferencesAdvanced. Then, to specify where new files should be saved:

To open a document in iA Writer:

  1. Open the Library with ViewLibrary (or Ctrl+E)
  2. Click on the desired file

You can also open and edit files which are outside the Library:

Note that iA Writer for Windows uses plain text files (such as .txt and .md), and can not open other formats such as RTF or PDF. Try copying and pasting the text from these documents into a new iA Writer document, or export the document to a plain text (.txt) format from the original program.

Focus Mode

In iA Writer, when typing, all the window dressing fades away and you are left with a simple white page on which to write. iA Writer also lets you train your focus on the current sentence or paragraph, dimming the surrounding text. This concentrates your attention on the individual words and ideas at the cursor’s edge.

To access Focus Mode, click the View menu and select Focus. From here you can choose either Sentence or Paragraph focus. You can also toggle Typewriter Scrolling, which keeps the cursor centered in the middle of the Editor.

Night Mode

iA Writer for Windows offers two principle themes: one for the day and one for at night. If you’re working late on your latest project you’ll appreciate this dark theme.

Toggle Night Mode on or off from the View menu or use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+N.

Text Statistics

All versions of iA Writer include word and character counts. They also provide “Reading Time” which estimates how long it takes to read through your document. iA Writer for Windows also offers a “Word Goal” for the current file.

Click the word count menu at the far right of the Editor menu bar to choose which statistic to display. You can set your Word Goal here and choose whether to always show the word count, even when in full screen.

Syntax Control

Using machine learning operating on a large corpus of English text, we trained iA Writer to be able to identify parts of speech and then highlight them appropriately. It is English-only for now, but it’s theoretically possible to train it using any language in the future.

To access Syntax Control, click the View menu and check the parts of speech you wish to highlight. This helps you eliminate superfluous adjectives, spot weak verbs, and cut unwanted repetitions.