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Left, a beautiful, minimalist, cross-platform text editor with speed-reading features

27 mayo, 2021

If one of your main activities in front of the computer has to do with writing, you probably already have a favorite text editor, but that does not mean that you are not open to a better one.

Left is an excellent option for those looking for something simple, minimalist, pretty, free of distractions, and with enough unique and useful enough features to choose it over the rest.

The application is free and open source, and is available for Windows, Linux and macOS. You can find the code on GitHub along with a list of instructions and keyboard shortcuts that you will need to learn.


Keyboard shortcuts, bookmarks, word autocomplete, speed reading


Shortcuts let you do things like open and save documents, increase or decrease text size, autocomplete words, or jump between bookmarks.

Bookmarks are one of Left’s cool features, as you can create an index in the sidebar through which to navigate in your document if you write “”, “##”, or “-” when starting a line.

Pressing TAB predicts the next word, CTRL + O opens a document, CTLR + S saves it. On the bottom you have a line, word and character counter.

Left Text Editor Theme folder for Left

Left has others with a speed reading systemIf you select part of the text and then press CTRL + K, the editor will start to display word by word at the bottom for you to read quickly.

By default the editor is black with light gray text, but you can change the appearance of the editor with multiple themesYou just have to find the “themes” folder in which you downloaded with the program, then drag any of the files with the .thm extension to the editor and change the appearance instantly.

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