Some markdown-based text editors have really nice and clean full screen appearance, e.g. Ulysses, Typora, etc. I mean, the full screen mode has adequate margins, no distraction, like a typewriter experience.

But some of my writings are better done with LaTeX, and I usually use Texstudio and Texshop. But it seems that LaTeX editors do not have nice and clean full screen mode as those markdown editors. The full screen mode of LaTeX editors is usually just an enlarged window with normal format.

This makes me think if there is a LaTeX editor that has nice and clean typewriter looking when I full screen it. Suggestions?

Here is the full screen on Ulysses:

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And this is the full screen on Typora:

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But TexShop is like this:

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I am thinking if there is a LaTeX editor that has the editing environment like the first two.

  • What macOS version are you using? Recent macOS versions allow TeXShop to go into full screen mode. Even the Menubar gets out of the way. – Herb Schulz Dec 10 '16 at 20:04
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    Emacs can be used in full screen mode and many users remove all toolbars. You can't have less distractions than this. – giordano Dec 10 '16 at 21:40
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    I suggest your favorite terminal text editor (like Vim or Emacs) in a purged terminal window (without any borders, title, icons, etc.) on an empty desktop the background of which is the same color as the background of the terminal where your text editor is running. You set whatever you think are appropriate margins simply by resizing the window, choose whatever color you want, any typeface you like, etc. (What is unclear is how to achieve double spacing in a terminal.) – n.r. Dec 11 '16 at 11:38
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    Following up on what @giordano suggested, I can highly recommend writeroom-mode for emacs. Before switching to emacs, I had been using SublimeText in Distraction Free Mode for quite some time. – Timm Dec 13 '16 at 19:55
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    MacVim does this fairly nicely in full screen mode. To get a left margin use set foldcolumn=20 (or whatever width you prefer). You then probably want to do set nonumber to get rid of the line numbers, and you might want to play with hi FoldColumn guibg=white or some other nice relaxing shade. – Thruston Dec 14 '16 at 17:06

While TeXstudio does not provide an explicit distraction-free mode, it's configurability allows to hide almost all GUI elements. See here for details:

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