In a world filled with distractions, sometimes you just want to put your earphones in, and get some words written down with unwavering focus. When you’re in a programme like Microsoft Word though, it can be tempting to stray from your writing resolve and start formatting your document with all of the different options available. To avoid this temptation, Microsoft have created Focus Mode.

Focus Mode allows you to simplify your screen and focus on the words you’re writing. It makes your Word document full-screen, while also removing all of the buttons and clutter that you don’t need while you’re writing. Whether that’s for essays or work reports – it’s a great feature.

How to access Focus Mode in Microsoft Word

You can find the Focus button at the bottom of your Microsoft Word window next to Display Settings. Click on this, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get written in a short space of time!

How to exit Focus Mode

To exit Focus Mode, tap the Escape key (Esc) on your keyboard, and your screen will return to normal with all of the toolbars and features appearing once more.

Why don’t I have Focus Mode?

Focus Mode requires that the user be working on Microsoft Word with a Microsoft 365 license. If you can’t find it, it’s likely that you don’t have an MS365 subscription. One of the benefits of that is that your Microsoft apps are always kept up-to-date, and you get the benefit of new features like Focus Mode. With that in mind, if you would like to have a chat about a Microsoft 365 subscription, then please do get in touch – we’d love to help.