Update: The full screen editor keyboard shortcut was removed in WordPress 3.5. At the end of this article, I’ve included a few lines of code to add a full screen editor toggle button instead.
WordPress 3.2 brought the introduction of the “distraction-free” editor. Its aim was to clean up the editing space and allow authors to concentrate on their content. It is an undeniably beautiful feature, but in stripping down the editing screen, distractions were not the only things removed. The “kitchen sink” was removed as well (For those not familiar with the “kitchen sink” it is the second row of buttons in the WordPress editor). Many authors (such as myself) rely on the buttons available in that second row. Consequently, as nice as the distraction-free editor was, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to use it due to the limited functionality. However, all is not lost. After trying in vain to find a way to display the kitchen sink in the distraction-free editor, I came upon what appears to be a little known feature of the WordPress editor.