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. Dec 10, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 17:06

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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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One solution may be to use a general proposed text editor. I use Visual Studio Code with some extension. Atom is also a good option but with poor performance. You can tweak almost everything. enter image description here

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! Which extension do you use? Can you please explain better?
    – Mensch
    Sep 23, 2020 at 19:42
  • In visual studio code i use LaTeX Workshop, you can set up your project root folder and the compilation marketplace.visualstudio.com/… Also, you can use an extension to see pdf inside of the window and use the integrated terminal to compile (using pdflatex), to me this way is faster but sometimes is more difficult. And the most important :D, there are a lot of syntax themes and you can set up the look of the editor as you want.
    – Mateo Rico
    Sep 29, 2020 at 16:15

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