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Writemonkey

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WriteMonkey is one of our favorite writing tools. For starters, it's portable freeware. Free is good, and portability adds flexibility: You can take WriteMonkey along with you on a USB drive and run it on any handy Windows machine. Zenware notes that WriteMonkey has "an extremely stripped-down user interface," but that's what sets it apart from other word processors and notekeepers. That "stripped-down," full-screen interface replicates the inspirational purity of a blank piece of paper. But WriteMonkey is also a full-featured writing tool that doesn't cut corners and even packs lots of cool extras, such as simulated typewriter sounds for the total effect (you provide the leather elbow patches). WriteMonkey receives frequent upgrades and new features. Recent updates include better performance on Netbooks and Windows 8 compatibility.

WriteMonkey is portable freeware that runs when you click the extracted program file and without having to be installed, though its extensive documentation includes several notes about "installing" the program, which involves copying or moving the extracted program folder to the destination of your choice, and updating it, which involves overwriting existing files. WriteMonkey opened with a blank white page in Letter proportions, labeled Scratch, and displaying discreet word and time counters. The old-school font's typeface looks like it came straight off of a mechanical typewriter. But right-click WriteMonkey's page and you'll call up a menu with no fewer than ... well, a whole lot of entries; everything from setup, options, and basic commands to unique features like the Jumps Window, which serves as a central navigation window for files, folders, bookmarks, and just about anything in WriteMonkey. Plenty of assistance is available, too. The Help Card assembles all of WriteMonkey's hotkey shortcuts and markup rules in a highly visible, white-on-black pop-up. Features like Spell Check, Italics, and Export Markup are a click or two away. The Lookups menu's fast reference links are practically indispensable.

We've used WriteMonkey for years now, and its minimalist look actually helps reduce distractions, though the draggable minimized window might be better suited for everyday use like note-taking. For us, its intuitive features and Zen-like purity keeps WriteMonkey "always on top."

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Impossible to Install"

    March 31, 2013  |   By NYDExx

    Version: Writemonkey 2.4.0.17

    Pros

    Who knows??

    Cons

    The executable file does not auto-run. Windows 7 asks for me to "Choose a program to open the file" with.
    Downloaded several times, unzipped. It appears the .exe is erroneously namede exe.config which baffles Windows.

    Summary

    Might be good but who knows??

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exceptional Distraction-Free Writer"

    February 20, 2013  |   By Imogen7Ryan

    Version: Writemonkey 2.4.0.17

    Pros

    Many features including: Formatting; Font/Colour/Size & background choices; Save/Save As; Print; Character Symbols; Word/Character Count; Full Screen toggle - And much more.

    It's perfect for amateur and professional Writer's alike as well as for those who just want to use it as a Journalling tool.

    Very helpful reference/resource section to Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Wikipedia, Poetry, plus more.

    On opening the program it always starts with an inspiring or amusing quote.

    Cons

    None that is worth mentioning.

    Summary

    WriteMonkey is probably the best no-cost distraction free editor that I have come across. I would even say that it rivals any paid for programs. There are so many functions at hand with Right-Clicking; It is very impressive. Runs smoothly on Windows 8. I highly recommend it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to use and I'll soon find a use for it."

    October 21, 2011  |   By HarryScott

    Version: Writemonkey 2.2

    Pros

    Made fo an idiot like me.

    Cons

    Have not found anything to be unhappy about yet.

    Summary

    Real nice product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent easy to use product"

    October 8, 2011  |   By HarryScott

    Version: Writemonkey 2.0

    Pros

    Even an idiot can use this one and it has been tested by one.

    Cons

    Nothing wrong with this product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great alternative to bloated word processors..."

    July 19, 2011  |   By chaburchak

    Version: Writemonkey 2.0

    Pros

    Simple no-distraction interface, yet plenty of control over screen, colors, margins, font, etc. Even has typewriter sounds while typing. Being free is just icing on the cake.

    Cons

    Haven't really experienced a downside yet...

    Summary

    I've paid for programs that aren't half as useful as this. Thumbs way up.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works like a dream"

    February 4, 2011  |   By Tomldc

    Version: Writemonkey 2.0

    Pros

    It takes you away from the world and allows those who want to write just to do so without the need to leave the application. This is really excellent for those who often get distracted by there own computer!

    Cons

    There is no writing monkey, hey I suppose you get what you pay for

    Summary

    It free, its small and it is very simple and effective

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good to block out the world and just write"

    October 20, 2010  |   By Tomldc

    Version: Writemonkey 0.9.9.0

    Pros

    Does what it says on the tin.

    Cons

    None that I can see

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent for those easily distracted."

    August 9, 2010  |   By ozfraidycat

    Version: Writemonkey 0.9.9.0

    Pros

    I like the way there is no spellchecker and it is just a blank screen. It is easy to copy and paste into and out of WM, and for me, it's better than using a word processor with all the bells and whistles. Helps to keep a flow of words going.

    Cons

    I simply cannot think of any.

    Summary

    It has a good range of features available on right-click, and should be considered as a tool for anyone who has trouble keeping focused in their work. I heartily recommend this programme to everyone.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A wonderful program for maintaining focus."

    September 26, 2009  |   By naturefreak827

    Version: Writemonkey 0.9.5

    Pros

    Minimalistic interface, but full of features.
    Ability to customize font and background colors.

    Cons

    No outlining support or Q10 like info bar with time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Getting Better with each update"

    June 4, 2009  |   By IG-87

    Version: Writemonkey 0.9.4.0

    Pros

    Can't lose concentration while doing my work, black screen helps my photosensitive eyes against white screen color that most word processors have.

    Cons

    Lacks a real monkey to type my work for me xP

    Summary

    I really recommend this software for people that can't just concentrate while in front of the screen.

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