Windows only: We've often featured distraction-free writing tools like Writeroom to help you focus while writing, and now reader Liang has created a solution that will turn the application of your choice into a distraction-free zone.
Once you've downloaded the Universal Darkroom script, which requires that you've already installed AutoHotkey, you can simply double-click on it to start up the application — there's no code tweaking required at all. It's very user friendly, and even has a help window that hovers on the screen with instructions on how to use it.
To enable the darkroom effect for a window, simply right-click in the corner of the screen, choose Define New Border, select the window you want to use the effect for, and then tweak the borders to show or hide as much of the application as you want. What makes this script especially slick is the way it handles switching back to a different application — as soon as the "darkroomed" window loses focus, the black border will animate away, and then back when you switch back to the application.
We're providing you with a download of the script, which can also be found on the forum thread linked below. Universal Darkroom works on Windows, requires AutoHotkey. Impressive script, Liang!
Universal Darkroom [Download]
Distraction Elimination / Full Screen Script [AutoHotkey Forums]