A Guide to QuarkXPress 2018

The user interface

Skimming through the QuarkXPress user interface, you will find that many commands are familiar or self-explanatory. Once you become familiar with QuarkXPress menus and dialog boxes, you will discover that keyboard commands and palettes offer convenient access to features that you can also access through menus.

Tools

The Tools palette

The Tools palette includes the following controls:

  • Use the Item tool to select, move, resize, and reshape items (boxes, lines, text paths, and groups). When the Item tool is not selected, you can press Command/Ctrl to temporarily access the Item tool.

  • Use the Text Content tool to draw text boxes and work with text in boxes.

  • Use the Text Linking tool to link text boxes. To maintain the text in their respective boxes, hold down the Alt/Option key when using this tool.

  • Use the Text Unlinking tool to unlink text boxes. To maintain the text in their respective boxes, hold down the Alt/Option key when using this tool. To move the box out of the text chain, with its text, hold down the Shift+Option keys when using this tool.

  • Use the Picture Content tool to draw picture boxes and work with pictures in boxes.

  • Use the Rectangle Box tool to create a rectangular box. To draw a square box, press and hold Shift while drawing.

  • Use the Starburst tool to create a star-shaped box.

  • Use the Composition Zones tool to create a Composition Zones box.

  • Use the Oval Box tool to create an oval box. To create a circular box, press and hold Shift while drawing.

  • Use the Star tool to create a star shape.

  • Use the Polygon tool to create a polygon shape

  • Use the Rounded Rectangle tool to create a rounded corner rectanglular shape.

  • Use the Diamond tool to create a diamond shape.

  • Use the Triangle tool to create a triangle shape.

  • Use the Wave tool to create a wave shape.

  • Use the Spiral tool to create a spiral shape.

  • Use the Cloud tool to create a cloud shape.

  • Use the Line tool to create straight diagonal lines of any angle. To constrain a line angle to 45 degrees, press and hold Shift while drawing.

  • Use the Orthogonal Line tool to create orthogonal lines.

  • Use the Bézier Pen tool to create Bézier lines and boxes. To constrain a line angle to 45 degrees, press and hold Shift while drawing.

  • Use the Add Point tool to add a point to any type of path. Adding a point to a content box automatically turns the content box into a Bézier item.

  • Use the Remove Point tool to remove a point from any type of path.

  • Use the Convert Point tool to automatically convert corner points to curve points, and curve points to corner points. Click and drag to change the position of a point, the curve of a curved line segment, or the position of a straight line segment. Select this tool and click a rectangular box or straight line to convert the item to a Bézier box or line.

  • Use the Scissors tool to cut an item into distinct paths.

  • Use the Select Point tool to select curves or points so that you can move them or delete them. Press Shift and click to select multiple points. Option-click/Alt-click a point to make it symmetrical.

  • Use the Freehand Drawing tool to draw any shape line or box you want. If you don't close a freehand box, it remains a line. To automatically close a freehand box, press Option/Alt.

  • Use the Item Format Painter tool to copy all attributes applied to one item and apply them to any other item.

  • Use the Tables tool to create a table.

  • Use the Zoom tool to enlarge or reduce the document view.

  • Use the Pan tool to reposition the active layout.

You can use key commands to declare the box content type as you draw using the Rectangle Box tool: Press R while drawing to declare Picture content or press T while drawing to declare Text content. To change the content type of an existing box, right-click on the box and choose Content > Text, Picture or None

For more information about Bézier boxes and lines, see "Creating Bézier boxes" and "Creating Bézier lines."

To pan the layout while a Pen tool is selected, press Shift+Space and then click and drag.

To add text to a line or path, select the Text Content tool and double-click the line or path.

For more information about Composition Zones, see "Creating a Composition Zones item."

Users can display the Tools palette (Windows menu) horizontally, as well as vertically. To display the palette horizontally, on Windows Ctrl+double-click the title bar and on Mac OS X dock the tool palette to the top edge.

Tool key commands

When no text box or text path is active, you can switch tools quickly using the following key commands:

Tool

Windows

Mac OS X

Item tool

V

V

Text Content tool

T

T

Text Linking tool

T

N

Text Unlinking tool

T

N

Picture Content tool

R

R

Rectangle Box tool

B

B

Oval Box tool

B

B

Starburst tool

B

B

ShapeMaker tool

M

M

Composition Zones tool

L

B

Line tool

P

L

Orthogonal Line tool

P

L

Bézier Pen tool

P

P

Add Point tool

P

P

Remove Point tool

P

P

Convert Point tool

P

P

Scissors tool

P

P

Select Point tool

P

P

Freehand Drawing tool

P

P

Item Format Painter tool

I

I

Table tool

G

G

Zoom tool

Z

Z

Pan tool

X

X

Scissors tool

Use the Scissors tool to cut the outline of a box and turn it into a line, or to cut a line or text path into two.

The Scissors tool displays in the QuarkXPress Tools palette. To use the Scissors tool:

  1. Select the Scissors tool .

    • When a picture box is cut, it is converted to a Bézier line. As a result, the contents of the box are not retained after the cut is made.

    • When a text box is cut, it is converted to a text path.

    • When a text path is cut, it is converted into two linked text paths.

  2. Select the Select Point tool and click and drag the point to adjust it.

Starburst tool

Use the Starburst tool to quickly and easily create star-shaped boxes.

Create a star-shaped picture box using the Starburst tool in two ways.

1 Select the Starburst tool , and then click and drag.

2 To define specific attributes as you create the star burst box, select the Starburst tool, and then position the crosshair pointer where you want the star-shaped box and click once. When the Starburst dialog box displays, enter values for the following fields, and then click OK:

  • Star Width

  • Star Height

  • Number of Spikes

  • Spike Depth: Enter the desired distance from the tip of the spike to the base of the spike as a percentage.

  • Random Spikes: Enter a value between 0 and 100, where 0 is no randomness applied and 100 is full randomness applied.

ShapeMaker tools

Use the following tools to quickly and easily create different shapes:

  • Star tool

  • Polygon tool

  • Rounded Rectangle tool

  • Diamond tool

  • Triangle tool

  • Wave tool

  • Spiral tool

  • Cloud tool

Press the m key to toggle through the different shape tools.

You can also access the ShapeMaker tools by selecting Utilities > ShapeMaker. See "ShapeMaker."

Using the Star tool

To create a star shape in two ways:

1 Select the Star tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the star and then click and drag.

2 Select the Star tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the star and click once. The Create Star dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Click Create.

Default star settings

To edit the default star settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Star tool. The Edit Star Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Check Secondary to add additional secondary sides/points. This allows you to add a different angle/shape in between the sides of a Star shape

  • Sides: Specify the number of sides (points) the star will have .

  • Inner Radius: Specify the inner radius of each point in the star.

  • Edges: Specify the shape the edges of the star will be (Flat, Concave, Convex, Outer Swirl, Inner Swirl, Opposite Swirl, or Tandem Swirl). If you choose an option other than Flat, you can indicate the curvature of the edges with the Curvature controls. If you choose one of the Swirl options, you can indicate the direction of the swirl with the Orientation controls.

  • Randomize Points: Lets you control the degree of randomness in the shape, from 0 (none) to 100 (maximum).

  • New Random: Applies some randomness to the shape.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Polygon tool

To create a polygon shape in two ways.:

  1. Select the Polygon tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the polygon and then click and drag.

  2. Select the Polygon tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the polygon and click once. The Create Polygon dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Click Create.

Default polygon settings

To edit the default polygon settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Polygon tool. The Edit Polygon Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Sides: Lets you specify how many sides the polygon has

  • Edges: Lets you control whether the edges of the box are flat or curved. If you choose an option other than Flat, you can indicate the curvature of the sides with the Curvature controls. If you choose one of the Swirl options, you can indicate the direction of the swirl with the Orientation controls.

  • Randomize Points: Lets you control the degree of randomness in the shape, from 0 (none) to 100 (maximum).

  • New Random: Applies some randomness to the shape.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Rounded Rectangle tool

To create a rounded rectangle shape in two ways:

1 Select the Rounded Rectangle tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the star and then click and drag.

2 Select the Rounded Rectangle tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the rectangle and click once. The Create Rounded Rectangle dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Click Create.

Default rounded rectangle settings

To edit the default rounded rectangle settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Rounded Rectangle tool. The Edit Rounded Rectangle Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Check Same for all to configure all four corners of the shape with a single set of controls. To separately configure each corner of the box uncheck Same for all.

  • Use the drop-down menus to specify a corner type (Normal, Rounded, Beveled, Concave, Pointed, or Inset) and a diameter (for options that involve a diameter).

  • Curvature: Controls how curved the corners are if you select an option that includes curvature.

  • Balance: For some options, lets you control whether the corners lean toward the sides of the box or toward the top.

  • Radial: For some options, lets you control whether the corners of the box are aligned with the center of the box or not.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Diamond tool

To create a diamond shape in two ways:

1 Select the Diamond tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the diamond and then click and drag.

2 Select the Diamond tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the diamond and click once. The Create Diamond dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Default diamond settings

To edit the default diamond settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Diamond tool. The Edit Diamond Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Edges: Specify the shape the edges of the diamond will be (Flat, Concave, Convex, Outer Swirl, Inner Swirl, Opposite Swirl, or Tandem Swirl). If you choose an option other than Flat, you can indicate the curvature of the eges with the Curvature controls. If you choose one of the Swirl options, you can indicate the direction of the swirl with the Orientation controls.

  • Randomize Points: Lets you control the degree of randomness in the shape, from 0 (none) to 100 (maximum).

  • New Random: Applies some randomness to the shape.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Triangle tool

To create a triangle shape in two ways.:

1 Select the Triangle tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the triangle and then click and drag.

2 Select the Triangle tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the triangle and click once. The Create Triangle dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Default triangle settings

To edit the default triangle settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Triangle tool. The Edit Triangle Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Edges: Specify the shape the edges of the triangle will be (Flat, Concave, Convex, Outer Swirl, Inner Swirl, Opposite Swirl, or Tandem Swirl). If you choose an option other than Flat, you can indicate the curvature of the sides with the Curvature controls. If you choose one of the Swirl options, you can indicate the direction of the swirl with the Orientation controls.

  • Randomize Points: Lets you control the degree of randomness in the shape, from 0 (none) to 100 (maximum).

  • New Random: Applies some randomness to the shape.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Wave tool

To create a wave shape in two ways:

1 Select the Wave tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the wave and then click and drag.

2 Select the Wave tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the wave and click once. The Create Wave dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Default wave settings

To edit the default wave settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Wave tool. The Edit Wave Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Top, Left, Bottom, and Right: These controls let you configure the four sides of the box. You can choose Wave 1, Wave 2, or Flat.

  • Keep waves parallel: Keeps the waves on either side of the box parallel with one another.

  • The controls in the Wave 1 and Wave 2 areas let you choose which type of wave to use, the frequency of the wave, the phase (starting point) of the wave, and the amplitude (depth) of the wave.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Spiral tool

To create a spiral shape in two ways:

1 Select the Spiral tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the spiral and then click and drag.

2 Select the Spiral tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the spiral and click once. The Create Spiral dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Default spiral settings

To edit the default spiral settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Spiral tool. The Edit Spiral Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Type: Choose what type of spiral too create from the drop-down menu.

    • Archimedes: an evenly spaced circular spiral.

    • Golden Spiral: a spiral built with the golden ratio.

    • Custom: this makes the Winds field available.

  • Winds: Lets you control how many times the spiral goes around.

  • Rate: Lets you control how quickly the width of the spiral increases.

  • Segments: Lets you control how circular the spiral is allowing you to specify the number of segments per wind.

  • Smoothness: Lets you control how smooth the spiral is. You can get a harder-edged shape by lowering the Segments value and decreasing the Smoothness value.

  • Clockwise and Counterclockwise: Lets you control the direction of the spiral.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Using the Cloud tool

To create a cloud shape in two ways:

1 Select the Cloud tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the cloud and then click and drag.

2 Select the Cloud tool , position the crosshair pointer where you want the cloud and click once. The Create Cloud dialog box displays:

Enter values for the following fields:

  • Width

  • Height

  • Select Create From Center to specify that the center of the shape should be where you placed the crosshair point.

You can apply the default attributes or click the arrrow next to the shape preview to select a predefined shape.

Default cloud settings

To edit the default cloud settings that will automatically be applied when using this tool, double-click the Cloud tool. The Edit Cloud Settings dialog displays:

Specify the default settings that will be applied when using this tool:

  • Sides: Specify the number of sides the cloud shape will have.

  • Edges: Specify the shape the edges of the cloud will be (Flat, Concave, Convex, Outer Swirl, Inner Swirl, Opposite Swirl, or Tandem Swirl). If you choose an option other than Flat, you can indicate the curvature of the edges with the Curvature controls. If you choose one of the Swirl options, you can indicate the direction of the swirl with the Orientation controls.

  • Randomize Points: Lets you control the degree of randomness in the shape, from 0 (none) to 100 (maximum).

  • New Random: Applies some randomness to the shape.

  • Item: Specifies the type of box the shape should be placed into. The choices are Text Box, Picture Box, None Box, Text Path, and Rule Path.

  • Width, Height, Columns, and Gutters: Specifies the box attributes.

To revert to the default shape, click the Reset button .

Once you have defined the default attributes, you can click the Add Preset button to save this customized shape to use later.

To delete a predefined shape, hold down the Alt/Option key while selecting it from the list.

Menus

The topics below describe the menus and menu items available in QuarkXPress.

QuarkXPress menu (Mac OS X only)

The QuarkXPress menu is a part of QuarkXPress for Mac OS X. This menu contains the same commands as in the application menu for other Mac OS X applications — to hide or show QuarkXPress and other applications, to access preferences, and to quit QuarkXPress. This menu includes the following commands:

  • About QuarkXPress: Use this command to display information about QuarkXPress, such as the version number.

  • Edit License Code: Use this command to change the validation code of an installed copy of QuarkXPress. By changing this code, you can change a Test Drive version (formerly called "evaluation copy") of QuarkXPress into a fully functional version, change the languages supported by the user interface.

  • Activate QuarkXPress: Use this command to activate QuarkXPress on your computer. Available only when QuarkXPress is running in demo mode.

  • Quark Cache Cleaner: Use this command to run the Quark Cache Cleaner when the QuarkXPress application is invoked.You will be asked to save any open projects. If any other version of QuarkXPress is also running at that time, you will be asked to quit those applications before running the Quark Cache Cleaner.

  • Check for Updates: Use this command to check for updates to QuarkXPress.

  • Quark Update Settings: Use this command to configure automatic update settings.

  • Preferences: Lets you modify default values and settings. For more information, see "Preferences."

  • Quit QuarkXPress: Use this command to exit the application.

File menu

The File menu enables you to manipulate electronic files in a number of ways, including the ability to create, open, print, and save. This menu includes the following commands:

  • New: Choose an option from the New submenu to create a project. If you choose New Project from Ticket, you can select a Job Ticket from which you can create the project. You can also use this submenu to create new libraries and books.

  • New Project from IDML: Use this option to open InDesign IDML files as QuarkXPress projects.

  • Open: Use this option to open project files.

  • Open Recent(Mac OS X only, on Windows, a list of the recently opened files are displayed at the end of the File menu.): Use this option to open a project from a list of recently opened files.

  • Close: Use this option to close the active project.

  • Save: Use this option to save the active project.

  • Save As: Use this option to save a copy of the active project.

  • Save a Copy As/Downsave: Use this option to export one or more layouts in the active project or to save a copy of the active project as a lower version of QuarkXPress.

  • Revert to Saved: Use this option to return the active project to the state it was in when it was last saved.

  • Import: Use this command to import text into a text box or to import a picture into a picture box.

  • Export Picture: Use this command to export a copy of the picture contained in the active picture box or all pictures in the project.

  • Save Text: Use this option to save the contents of the active text box as a separate file.

  • Append: Use this option to append style sheets, colors, layouts, and a variety of other types of resources from another file.

  • Export As: Use this option to export a layout as PDF, EPS, Image, HTML5 Publication, iOS App, ePub, Kindle, or Android App.

  • Collect for Output: Use this option to collect the layout/s, fonts, images, profiles, output report, etc into a folder. Collect for output can be performed on all layouts in the project.

  • Job Jackets: Use this submenu to access the specifications and rules for creating and inspecting a layout, link a project to a Job Jackets file, modify a Job Ticket, and evaluate a layout.

  • Print: Use this option to print the active file.

  • Exit (Windows only): Use this option to exit the application.

Edit menu

The Edit menu includes the following commands:

  • Undo: Undoes the last action.

  • Redo: Redoes an undone action.

  • Cut: Cuts the selected content.

  • Copy: Copies the selected content to the clipboard.

  • Paste: Pastes the clipboard contents on the active page.

  • Paste Without Formatting: Pastes the clipboard contents as plain text.

  • Paste In Place: Pastes a duplicated or copied item onto the active page at the same position from which it was originally copied.

  • Paste as Native Objects: To convert the item to be pasted to a native QuarkXPress object.

  • Select All: Selects all content in the active box or text path.

  • Preferences (Windows only): Lets you modify default values and settings. For more information, see "Preferences."

  • Program Language (Windows only): Lets you change the language of the user interface.

  • Find/Change: Displays the Find/Change palette, which you can use to find and change text based on content, formatting, or both.

  • Item Find/Change: Displays and hides the Item Find/Change palette.

  • Colors: Lets you add, edit, and delete color definitions. For more information, see "Working with colors."

  • Style Sheets: Lets you add, edit, and delete style sheet definitions. For more information, see "Working with Style Sheets."

  • Item Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete item definitions that you can apply to QuarkXPress items with the Item Styles palette (Window menu).

  • Callout Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete callout styles. For more information, see "Working with callouts."

  • Conditional Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete conditional styles. For more information, see "Working with Conditional Styles."

  • Bullet, Numbering, and Outline Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete bullet, numbering, and outline styles. For more information, see "Bullets and Numbering."

  • Footnote Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete footnote styles. For more information, see "Working with footnotes and endnotes."

  • Text Shading Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete text shading styles. For more information, see "Working with text shading."

  • Hyperlinks: Lets you add, edit, and delete hyperlinks including URLs, anchors, and page links.

  • Underline Styles: Lets you access and modify underline styles.

  • Hanging Characters: Lets you add, edit, and delete custom hanging character definitions. For more information, see "Working with hanging characters."

  • Lists: Lets you add, edit, and delete list definitions. The Lists feature is a tool for automatically generating tables of contents and other types of listed content. For more information, see "Working with lists."

  • H&Js: Lets you add, edit, and delete H&J (hyphenation and justification) definitions. H&Js let you control how text breaks. For more information, see "Controlling hyphenation and justification."

  • Grid Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete patterns of non-printing design grids that you can apply to text components. For more information, see "Working with design grids."

  • Dashes and Stripes: Lets you add, edit, and delete custom line patterns.

  • Font Sets: Lets you add, edit, and delete custom scaling, sizing, and direction for specific fonts.

    This feature is considered an East Asian feature and is only available when you have the East Asian preference enabled (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences > East Asian).

  • Mojigumi: Lets you add, edit, and delete Mojigumi sets and classes. For more information, see "Working with Mojigumi sets and classes."

    This feature is considered an East Asian feature and is only available when you have the East Asian preference enabled (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences > East Asian).

  • Non-Breaking Character Sets: Lets you add, edit, and delete rules for two-byte character sets.

    This feature is considered an East Asian feature and is only available when you have the East Asian preference enabled (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences > East Asian).

  • Kerning Pairs: Lets you control kerning for installed fonts.

  • Font Tracking Tables: Lets you control tracking for installed fonts..

  • Set Tool Preferences From Selected (Mac OS X only): Lets you set the tool preferences to the currently selected box's attributes.

  • Restore Tool Preferences To Default (Mac OS X only): Lets you restore the tool preferences back to the defaults.

  • Color Setups: Lets you access and modify setups for Source and Output Setups.

  • Output Styles: Lets you add, edit, and delete output style definitions. Output styles let you easily switch between different sets of output options. For more information, see "Working with output styles.

     

Style menu

The Style menu changes depending on whether a text box, a picture box, or a line is active.

The Style menu changes depending on whether a text component or a picture component is active.

Style menu for text

The Style menu for text includes commands for specifying character attributes and paragraph formats. This menu includes the following commands:

  • Type Style: Lets you apply type styles such as bold, italic, and underline to selected text. The Type Style sub menu also contains Underline Styles, Make Fraction, Make Price and Remove Custom Underline.

  • Color: Lets you change the color of selected text.

  • Shade: Lets you set the tint of an applied color.

  • Opacity: Lets you control the transparency of selected text.

  • Story Direction: Lets you specify horizontal or vertical story direction for the selected text box.

    This feature is considered an East Asian feature and is only available when you have the East Asian preference enabled (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences > East Asian).

  • Rubi: Lets you control rubi characters applied to text.

    This feature is considered an East Asian feature and is only available when you have the East Asian preference enabled (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences > East Asian).

  • Group Characters: Lets you place horizontal text in a vertical story.

    This feature is considered an East Asian feature and is only available when you have the East Asian preference enabled (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences > East Asian).

  • Alignment: Lets you align active paragraphs to the left, right, or center. Also lets you justify or force-justify selected paragraphs.

  • Character Alignment: Lets you align active characters to the top, center, baseline, or bottom.

    In East Asian configuration, the options are: ICF Box Top, ICF Box Bottom, Embox Top, Embox Center, Embox Bottom and Roman Baseline . These let you align the small characters in a line to the ICF specified by the large characters. In vertical text frames, ICF Top/Right aligns the text to the right of the ICF, and ICF Bottom/Left aligns the text to the left of the ICF.

  • Paragraph Style Sheet: Lets you apply paragraph style sheets to selected text.

  • Character Style Sheet: Lets you apply character style sheets to selected text.

  • Footnotes/Endnotes: Lets you view, add and edit footnotes and endnotes.

  • Footnote Separator Style: Lets you apply a different footnote separator style.

  • Update Style Sheet: Lets you update a character or paragraph style sheet definition based on local changes to the applied style sheet.

  • Item Styles: Lets you view and update applied item styles.

  • Change Case: Lets you change case of selected text to uppercase, lower case, or title case.

  • Non-Breaking Attribute: Lets you apply the non-breaking attribute on the selected text (i.e. the text will not hyphenate or wrap). To highlight all text that has the non-breaking attribute applied to it, choose View > Highlight Non-Breaking.

  • Flip Text Horizontal: Lets you flip selected text horizontally.

  • Flip Text Vertical: Lets you flip selected text vertically.

  • Cross Reference: Lets you insert and synchronize cross references.

  • Hyperlink: Lets you modify and apply a hyperlink, page link, or anchor to selected text.

  • Anchor: Lets you create or modify an anchor for selected text.

  • Remove Manual Kerning : Lets you remove all manual kerning applied between characters.

Style menu for pictures

The Style menu for pictures includes commands for formatting and editing pictures. This menu includes the following commands:

  • Color: Applies a color to a selected grayscale or one-bit picture.

  • Shade: Lets you set the intensity of an applied color.

  • Opacity: Lets you control the transparency of a selected picture.

  • Center Picture: Centers the selected picture in its picture box.

  • Stretch Picture To Fit Box: Reduces or enlarges the selected picture horizontally and vertically to fill its picture box.

  • Scale Picture To Box: Reduces or enlarges the selected picture proportionately to fill its picture box.

  • Fit Box To Picture: Reduces or enlarges the picture box to fit the size of the selected picture.

  • Convert to Native Objects: Convert the existing item to a native QuarkXPress object.

  • Item Styles: Lets you view and update applied item styles.

  • Scale: Lets you change the scale of a picture within a picture component.

  • Rotate: Lets you rotate a picture within a picture component.

  • Scale Picture To Fill Box: Reduces or enlarges the selected picture horizontally and vertically to fill its picture box.

  • Scale Picture To Box: Reduces or enlarges the selected picture horizontally and vertically to fill its picture box.

  • Reset Picture: Resets the picture in the active picture component to its default scale, skew, and rotation.

  • Halftone (Windows only): Lets you apply a halftone screen pattern to a selected grayscale picture.

  • Flip Picture Horizontal: Flips the selected picture horizontally.

  • Flip Picture Vertical: Flips the selected picture vertically.

  • Edit: Lets you modify and apply a Clipping Path and Runaround to a selected picture or box.

  • Point/Segment Type: Lets you change the point or segment type of an item so you can manipulate points, curve handles, and line segments.

  • Hyperlink: Lets you modify and apply a hyperlink, page link, or anchor to a selected picture or box.

  • Anchor: Lets you create or modify an anchor for a selected picture or box.

  • Image Editing: Lets you apply picture effects to the image in the box.

Style menu for lines

The Style menu for lines includes the following commands:

  • Line Style: Lets you apply a line style to a selected line.

  • Arrowheads: Lets you apply an arrowhead style to a selected line.

  • Width: Lets you adjust the width of a selected line.

  • Color: Lets you change the color of a selected line.

  • Shade: Lets you set the intensity of an applied color.

  • Opacity: Lets you control the transparency of a selected line.

  • Item Styles: Lets you view and update applied item styles.

  • Hyperlink: Lets you modify and apply a hyperlink, page link, or anchor to a selected line.

  • Anchor: Lets you create or modify an anchor for a selected line.

Item menu

The Item menu includes commands for controlling item attributes, positions, grouping, sharing, and more.

  • Duplicate: Lets you create a copy of an item and its contents.

  • Super Step and Repeat: Lets you duplicate an active item multiple times and specify scale, rotation, and shading for the duplicates.

  • Delete: Lets you delete a selected item and its contents.

  • Lock: Lets you prevent accidental changes to items and their contents by locking its position or content.

  • Fit Box to Text: Reduces or enlarges the text box to fit the size of the text it contains.

  • Merge Text Boxes: Lets you merge the contents of multiple text boxes into a single text box.

  • Send & Bring: Lets you move an item one level backward in the page or layer's stacking order, move an item to the back of the page or layer, move an item to the front of the page or layer, or move an item one level forward in the page or layer's stacking order.

  • Group/Ungroup: Lets you combine two or more active items (including lines, boxes, text paths, tables, and other groups) into a group, or performs an Ungroup on the currently selected grouped items.

  • Ungroup All: Lets you break a group into its component items.

  • Export Options: Lets you specify export options for tagged PDF export.

  • Insert Inline Table: Lets you insert an inline table.

  • Space/Align: Lets you position the selected items evenly with regard to each other or with regard to the page or spread.

  • Constrain/Unconstrain: Lets you restrict an item so that it cannot move beyond the boundaries of the item to which it is constrained, or removes any constrains applied to the item.

  • Content: Lets you change the content type of an item.

  • Shape: Lets you change the shape of an active item.

  • Merge or Split Paths: Lets you merge or split selected items in a number of ways.

  • Point/Segment Type: Lets you change the point or segment type of an item so you can manipulate points, curve handles, and line segments.

  • Convert Text To Boxes: Lets you convert the contents of a selected text box to a Bézier box.

  • Edit: Lets you modify item shape, runaround, or clipping path.

  • Flip Shape: Lets you flip a Bézier shape in its frame either vertically or horizontally.

  • Share: Lets you access sharing properties of an item and synchronize or re-use content such as text, pictures, boxes, lines, and Composition Zones.

  • Unsynchronize Size: Removes synchronization of a single instance of the item without affecting other occurrences of that item (or the synchronization attributes).

  • Unsynchronize Item/Content: Removes synchronization of a single instance of the item without affecting other occurrences of that item (or the synchronization attributes).

  • Copy To Other Layouts: Lets you copy to selected items to another layout.

  • Callout Anchor: Lets you configure callout anchors and callouts. For more information, see "Working with callouts."

  • Composition Zones: Lets you create or modify Composition Zones.

  • Digital Publishing: Lets you configure items for digital publishing in ePub, Kindle, App Studio and HTML5 Publication output formats. For more information, see Digital Publishing with QuarkXPress.

  • New Box From Clipping: Lets you to create a box from a clipping path.

  • Note: Lets you insert, delete, and navigate between notes. For more information, see "Notes."

  • Scale: Lets you set the scale settings.

Page menu

The Page menu includes commands for inserting, deleting, and moving pages; working with guides, grids, and sections; navigating through pages, and more.

  • Insert: Lets you add new pages.

  • Delete: Lets you delete pages.

  • Move: Lets you move a page to a different location.

  • Master Guides and Grid: Lets you modify the placement of page guides and design grids on master pages.

  • Section: Lets you change the numbering system for a layout or a range of pages in a layout.

  • Previous: Navigates to the preceding page.

  • Next: Navigates to the following page.

  • First: Navigates to the first page.

  • Last: Navigates to the last page.

  • Go to: Lets you navigate to a particular page.

  • Display: Lets you display a page or a master page.

Layout menu

The Layout menu includes commands for working with and navigating to layouts.

  • New: Lets you add a new layout.

  • Duplicate: Lets you duplicate one layout to copy its items and content to another.

  • Delete: Lets you remove a layout.

  • New/Edit Layout Specification: Lets you create or modify Job Jackets properties for a layout.

  • Layout Properties: Lets you modify layout properties such as name, type, and size.

  • Advanced Layout Properties: Lets you modify sharing properties of a layout.

  • Metadata: Lets you apply metadata to the layout for eBook and tagged PDF  export. For more information, see Digital Publishing with QuarkXPress.

  • Auto Tag Layout: Lets you add page components to the Articles palette to be able to export to Reflow ePub, and to specify reading order of items in tagged PDFs.

  • Preview HTML 5 Publication: Page, Layout, Project previews.

  • Previous: Activates the layout tab that was active prior to the current layout.

  • Next: Activates the layout tab that is positioned to the immediate right of the active layout.

  • First: Activates the far-left layout tab.

  • Last: Activates the far-right layout tab.

  • Go to: Lets you activate a specific layout and then choose the layout from the submenu.

Table menu

The Table menu includes commands for adding rows and columns to tables, modifying table attributes, converting tables, and more.

  • Insert: Lets you add a row or column to a table.

  • Select: Lets you select a pattern of rows and columns or other table elements. This makes it easy to apply alternating formatting — such as shading every other row.

  • Delete: Lets you delete a selection from the table.

  • Combine Cells: Lets you combine a rectangular selection of adjacent table cells — including entire rows or columns — into a single cell.

  • Table Break: Lets you continue a table in another location. The table break is the maximum size the table can reach before it splits into two linked tables.

  • Make Separate Tables: Lets you sever the link between continued tables so each table becomes completely separate. This prevents changes to one portion of the table from affecting all the continued tables.

  • Repeat As Header: Lets you specify a header row to repeat automatically in continued instances of a table.

  • Repeat As Footer: Lets you specify a footer row to repeat automatically in continued instances of a table.

  • Convert Text to Table: Lets you convert text that has already been imported or typed into a text box to a table. This works best with text that is delimited in some way to indicate how to divide the information into columns and rows.

  • Convert Table: Lets you convert the information in a table to text or to a group of related boxes. You might convert a table for easy exporting of the current data or to save a document containing features that are not supported in earlier versions of QuarkXPress.

  • Table Direction: Lets you specify horizontal or vertical orientation for a table.

  • Link Text Cells: Lets you link table cells to each other just as text boxes and text paths can be linked. Text that is typed, imported, or pasted into a linked cell fills the first text cell, and then flows on to each subsequent linked cell.

  • Maintain Geometry: Lets you prevent the width and height of a table from changing when you insert or delete rows or columns.

View menu

The View menu provides options for viewing your document and specifying what you see on screen when the menu item is checked. This menu includes the following commands:

  • Fit in Window: Automatically scales the view to fit (and center) an entire page in the layout window.

  • 50%: Scales the layout view to 50%.

  • 75%: Scales the layout view to 75%.

  • Actual Size: Scales the layout view to 100%.

  • 200%: Scales the layout view to 200%.

  • Thumbnails: Displays small representations of each page that you can rearrange and copy between projects.

  • Enter Full Screen (Mac OS X only): Lets you switch to full screen mode.

  • Dynamic Guides: Displays nonprinting lines that appear when you create or manipulate item on pages. They help you align, edit, and transform items relative to other items on the page by displaying location and measurement values. Displays a submenu allowing you to turn Dynamic Guides on and off and specify the type of dynamic guides and feedback that appear (such as Align to Center of Item, Align to Edges of Item, Align to Center of Page, Show Equal Dimensions, Show Equal Spacing, and Show Measurements for Dimensions/Spacing). Unlike Guides, which are document settings, displaying Dynamic Guides are application specific settings.

  • Guides: Displays nonprinting lines used to position items on pages, including margin guides, column block guides, the outlines of boxes, the "X" pattern in empty picture boxes, and ruler guides.

  • Hide Selection: Allows you to put QuarkXPress into a mode where selections are not indicated visually in the document (no text highlighting, no handles), but the selection is still honored by QuarkXPress.

  • Page Grids: Displays nonprinting gridlines defined for the master page on which the active layout page is based.

  • Text Box Grids: Displays nonprinting gridlines applied to text boxes.

  • Snap to Guides: Lets you quickly align items with guides so items will snap to the nearest guide.

  • Snap to Page Grids: Lets you quickly align items with page grids so items will snap to the nearest guide.

  • Rulers: Displays rulers, which you can use to position items and guides, along the top and left edges or top and right edges of the layout window.

  • Ruler Direction: Lets you position page rulers on the top and left or top and right edges of the layout window.

  • Invisibles: Displays editable, nonprinting characters such as spaces, tabs, and paragraph returns in text.

  • Visual Indicators: Displays indicators for non-printing elements, such as hyperlinks and missing font highlighting.

  • Highlight Content Variables: Displays highlighting for the content variables.

  • Highlight Cross References: Displays highlighting for cross references.

  • Highlight Non-Breaking Text: Displays highlighting for text that has the non-breaking attribute applied.

  • Trim View: Simulates what the page will look like when trimmed by cropping any items that extend beyond the page boundary. You can control the color of the pasteboard that displays when this item is selected in the Display pane of the Preferences dialog box (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences).

  • Hide Suppressed: Hides all items for which the Suppress Output box is checked in the Measurements palette, as well as layers for which Suppress Output is checked in the Attributes dialog box. In addition, this option hides underlines on hyperlinks, hyperlink anchors, index markers, and the text overflow symbol.

  • Story Editor: Displays the active story in Story Editor view. For more information, see "Using Story Editor view."

  • Proof Output : Lets you preview how the layout will look when output to different media and for different printing methods. This display simulation is accurate enough for soft proofing.

  • View Sets: Lets you create and easily switch between different view options.

  • Show/Hide Notes: Allows you to hide or show notes in your project.

Utilities menu

The Utilities menu includes the following commands:

  • Insert Character: Lets you easily insert special characters, including special breaking and nonbreaking spaces.

  • Content Variable: Lets you insert a content variable as well as create new, edit, remove (not delete) and convert to text..

  • Check Spelling: Use the submenu to display the Check Spelling palette to check the spelling of a word, a selection of text, a story, a layout, or all master pages in a layout. Auxiliary Dictionary and Edit Auxiliary are also part of Check Spelling submenu.

  • Check Spelling: Use the submenu to display the Check Spelling palette to check the spelling of a word, a selection of text, a component, or an article. The submenu also allows you to specify and edit the auxiliary dictionary for use in spell checking.

  • Word and Character Count: Use the submenu to display the Word and Character Count dialog box. This dialog box displays the number of full-width characters, half-width characters, and various other kinds of characters in the active story or in the layout.

  • Line Check: Displays a submenu that lets you find widows, orphans, loosely justified lines, lines that end with a hyphen, and overflow situations.

  • Suggested Hyphenation: Displays the suggested hyphenation for the word containing the text insertion point.

  • Hyphenation Exceptions: Displays a submenu that allows you to edit the exceptions and also import and export .xml files containing lists of language-specific hyphenation exceptions. Displays the Hyphenation Exceptions dialog box.

  • Convert Project Language : Lets you convert all of the characters in the active project that use a particular character language to a different character language.

  • IME Reconversion: IME Reconversion is supported in the following ways:

    1. On Mac OS X: IME Reconversion is supported through the IME Menu. However it works for Japanese IME Only.

    2. On Windows: IME Reconversion is supported through the IME Reconversion menu option on the QuarkXPress Utilities Menu, as well as the Context Menu. It works for all Japanese IME, Korean IMEs and a few Simplified and Traditional Chinese IMEs.

    IME Reconversion is also supported through the keyboard on both Windows and Mac OS X.

  • Usage: Lets you view and update the status of fonts, pictures, color profiles, tables, Composition Zones, and assets used in layouts. Multiple missing digital files can be updated all at once using the Usage dialog.

  • Usage: Lets you view and update the usage of fonts, pictures, profiles, Composition Zones, and Excel tables that are linked to external data sources.

  • Item Styles Usage: Lets you view and update applied item styles.

  • Job Jackets Manager: Displays the Job Jackets Manager dialog box.

  • Insert Placeholder Text: Generates random text in the active text box so that you can preview how text will flow and be styled, even though you might not have actual content yet.

  • Build Index: Lets you create an index from the contents of the Index palette.

  • Cloner: Displays the Cloner dialog box. For more information, see "Cloner functionality."

  • ImageGrid: Displays the ImageGrid dialog box. For more information, see "ImageGrid functionality."

  • Linkster: Displays the Linkster dialog box. For more information, see "Linkster functionality."

  • ShapeMaker: Displays the ShapeMaker dialog box. For more information, see "ShapeMaker."

  • Font Mapping: Lets you create and edit rules for substituting a new font for a font that is requested by a project but which is not installed on your computer.

  • Convert Old Underlines: Converts all underlines in the active text chain from QuarkXPress 3.x (Stars & Stripes) format to Type Tricks format.

  • PPD Manager : Lets you control which PostScript Printer Description files (PPDs) are loaded in the Print dialog box.

  • XTensions Manager: Lets you control which XTensions modules are loaded when the application is launched.

  • Profile Manager: Lets you control which color profiles are loaded in the application.

  • Make QR Code: Lets you generate vector Quick Response (QR) codes directly within QuarkXPress then style and color them the way you want.. You have the choise between creating vector based QR codes or pixel based QR codes. If you choose pixel based QR codes, they will be created in your Documents folder. When you call the QR Code dialog again, the data behind the QR code will be shown.

  • Redline: Use the submenu to turn automatic tracking and highlighting on and off. You can also use this submenu to display the Redline palette.

  • App Build Status: Click this icon to check the build status for the iOS or Android App you last published from QuarkXPress. You may also use the "App Build Status" button in the Layout controls. Once complete, you may view the downloaded builds from the App Export dialog. This icon will change to an error icon, if the app export fails for some reason, you may then click it to get more details.

  • Proxy Settings: Lets you specify the proxy settings for connecting to the internet, if required. These settings are used by the App Studio Publishing palette as well as the Export as iOS App or Export as Android App dialog.

Window menu

The Window menu enables you to control the on-screen display of open windows and palettes. This menu includes the following commands:

  • New Window: Displays the active project in a new window. You can then view different parts of the project in each window.

  • Split Window: Splits the project window into two parts. Allows you to split horizontally or vertically. You can then view different parts of the project in each part of the window.

  • Cascade (Windows only): Layers multiple open projects so just a portion of each project's menu bar displays.

  • Tile: Tiles all open windows to fit on the screen. Contains the Tile Horizontally and Tile Vertically sub menus.

  • Arrange Icons (Windows only): Minimizes all active projects.

  • Close All (Windows only): Closes all active projects.

  • Palette Sets: Use the submenu to store and recall arrangements of palettes.

  • Turn Hiding On (Mac OS X only): Allows you to display and hide groups of docked palettes.

  • Advanced Image Control: Displays and hides the Advanced Image Control palette.

  • App Studio Publishing: Displays and hides the App Studio Publishing palette. For more information, see Digital Publishing with QuarkXPress.

  • Articles: Displays and hides the Articles palette. For more information, see "Working with Reflow."

  • Books: Displays and hides the Books palette. For more information, see "Working with books."

  • Callout Styles: Displays the Callout Styles palette. For more information, see "Working with callout styles."

  • Colors: Displays and hides the Colors palette.

  • Conditional Styles: Displays the Conditional Styles palette. For more information, see "Working with conditional styles."

  • Content: Displays and hides the Content palette.

  • Content Variables: Displays and hides the Content Variables palette.

  • Footnote Styles: Displays and hides the Footnote Styles palette. For more information, see "Working with footnotes and endnotes."

  • Glyphs: Displays and hides the Glyphs palette.

  • Gradients: Displays and hides the Gradients palette. For more information, see "Creating multi-color blends."

  • Grid Styles: Displays and hides the Grid Styles palette.

  • Guides: Displays and hides the Guides palette.

  • HTML5: Displays and hides the HTML5 palette.

  • Hyperlinks: Displays and hides the Hyperlinks palette.

  • Index: Displays and hides the Index palette.

  • Item Styles: Displays and hides the Item Styles palette.

  • Layers: Displays and hides the Layers palette.

  • Lists: Displays and hides the Lists palette.

  • Measurements: Displays and hides the Measurements palette.

  • Page Layout: Displays and hides the Page Layout palette.

  • Profile Information: Displays and hides the Profile Information palette.

  • Redline: Displays and hides the Redline palette.

  • Scale: Displays and hides the Scale palette. For more information, see "Scale XTensions software."

  • Style Sheets: Displays and hides the Style Sheets palette.

  • Table Styles: Displays and hides the Table Styles palette.

  • Text Shading Styles: Displays and hides the Text Shading Styles palette.

  • Tools: Displays and hides the Tools palette.

  • Welcome Screen: Displays the welcome screen.

  • Image Editing: Displays the Image Editing palette.

  • JavaScript Palette: Displays and hides the JavaScript palette.

  • JavaScript Debugger Palette: Displays and hides the JavaScript Debugger palette.

In addition, this menu includes an item for every open window. You can use these menu items to easily switch between windows.

Help menu

The Help menu provides access to the online help. This menu includes the following commands:

Documentation: Use this command to display the online help.

  • What's New: Use this option to explore What's New in QuarkXPress.

  • Convert Legacy Files: Use this option to be directed to the Quark website for downloading the QuarkXPress Document Converter.

  • Transfer QuarkXPress License(Windows only): Use this option to transfer your license to another computer.

  • About QuarkXPress(Windows only): Use this command to display information about QuarkXPress, such as the version number and the build number.

  • Edit License Code (Windows only): Use this command to change the validation code of an installed copy of QuarkXPress. By changing this code, you can change a Test Drive version (formerly called "evaluation copy") of QuarkXPress into a fully functional version, or site license.

  • Check for Updates (Windows only): Use this command to check for updates to QuarkXPress.

  • Quark Update Settings (Windows only): Use this command to configure automatic update settings.

     

Context menus

QuarkXPress offers a wide variety of functionality through context menus. To display a context menu, Control+click (Mac OS X) or right-click in text, on a picture, or on a palette.

Palettes

To open or display a palette, check the palette name in the Window menu.

To close an open palette, click the close box in the upper-left corner of the palette, uncheck the palette name in the Window menu, or use the appropriate keyboard equivalent.

Keyboard Increments allow you to use the keyboard arrow keys to increase/decrease the values in several fields in the Measurement palette as well as many fields in various dialogs. Using the Shift/Alt key in conjunction with the up/down arrow keys changes the amount the value is increased/decreased. This will work with any units that QuarkXPress is currently set to use. Please refer to the following chart:

Measuring Unit Type

Arrow Keys (up/down)

Arrow keys (up/down) with Alt key

Arrow keys (up/down) with Shift key

Agate

1 agate

First decimal unit by 1

5 agates

Centimetres

1 cm

1 mm

5 cms

Ciceros

1 cicero

First decimal unit by 1

5 cicero

Degrees

10 degrees

1 degree

25 degrees

Inches

.25 inch

.1 inch

1 inch

Inches Decimal

1 inch decimal

No change

No change

Picas

1 pica

1 pica point

5 picas

Millimeters

1 mm

No change

10 mm

Points

1 pt

.5 pt

5 pts

Number - used for columns

1

No change

No change

Percent - used for color opacity

10%

1%

25%

Pixels

1 pixel

No change

10 pixels

Q

1 Q

No change

20 Qs

 

Palettes can be vertically docked to the left and right edges of the screen, and docked palettes on screen edges form a group and can be moved as a group. Docked palettes contain snaps giving a unified look to the application. In the document window, the maximize/restore (+) button can be used to unsnap / snap a window to the palettes. A splitter is added between the window and palette edges so that resizing the palette also resizes the window.

Due to its width, the horizontal Measurements palette can only be docked horizontally to the upper or lower edge of the screen. The Tool palette can be docked either vertically or horizontally. On macOS, you can dock the vertical Measurements palette to left and right edge of the screen.

(Mac OS X only) You can also hide groups of docked palettes by choosing Window > Turn Hiding On.

Palettes can be dragged and merged into any palette groups. When dragging, a thumbnail is shown indicating whether the palette will be merged or placed above. A blue line indicator is shown in the palette group to indicate the location the palette will be dropped.

Articles palette

The Articles palette lets you tag content for Reflow ePub and specify the reading order of tagged items for tagged PDF export.

Advanced Image Control palette

The Advanced Image Control palette lets you control the display of imported images. For more information, see "Working with PSD pictures."

The Advanced Image Control palette lets you manipulate imported images.

Books palette

The Books palette allows you to work with books. The buttons at the top of this palette let you create and open books and add, edit, and delete chapters in books.

For more information, see "Working with books."

The Books palette lets you work with books.

Callout Styles palette

The Callout Styles palette lets you work with callout styles. For more information, see "Working with callout styles."

Colors palette

The Colors palette lets you view and apply colors defined in the active project. The buttons at the top of this palette let you create, edit, and delete colors.

Users create colors through the Colors dialog box (Edit > Colors). For more information, see "Working with colors."

The Colors palette lets you view and apply colors.

Conditional Styles palette

The Conditional Styles palette lets you work with conditional styles. For more information, see "Working with conditional styles."

Content palette

The Content palette provides access to items in the shared content library. From this palette, you can duplicate and synchronize that content across different layouts. The buttons at the top of this palette let you add, import, insert, edit, and control the synchronization of content.

Users can create shared items through the Shared Item Properties dialog box (Item > Share). For more information, see "Working with shared content."

The Content palette provides access to items in the shared content library.

Content Variables palette

The Content Variables palette provides access to content variables. From this palette, you can add, edit, and duplicate content variables. You can also search for content variables and convert existing content variables to text. This palette lists the preefined content variables and allows you to create new ones of various content variable types.

To highlight existing content variables, use the View > Highlight Content Variable menu item. Users can also insert, add and edit content variables using the Utilities > Content Variable menu item. For more information, see "Content variables."

The Content Variable palette provides access to the content variables.

Footnote Styles palette

The Footnote Styles palette allows you to:

  • add, edit, delete and duplicate footnote styles.

  • insert new footnotes and endnotes or modify existing footnotes and endnotes using a custom Footnote/Endnote option/button.

  • change between different footnote/endnote styles by selecting the footnote/endnote reference in the parent text and clicking on the desired style in the palette.

Users can also insert, add and edit footnote styles using the Edit > Footnote Styles menu item.

Users can also insert footnotes and switch between footnotes and the reference text using the Style > Footnotes/Endnotes menu item. For more information, see "Working with footnotes and endnotes."

The Footnote Styles palette provides access to footnotes.

Glyphs palette

The Glyphs palette gives you easy access to every character in each font on your computer. You can display all characters in the selected font or narrow down the selection by choosing an option from the second drop-down menu. The selected characters Unicode value is visible at the bottom right. You can add characters to a story by double-clicking them. Using the Favorite Glyphs area at the bottom of the palette, you can store often-used characters for easy access.

The Glyphs palette gives you easy access to every character in every font.

Gradients palette

The Gradients palette lets you define and apply multi-color gradients.

For more information, see "Creating gradients."

The Gradients palette lets you define and apply gradients.

Grid Styles palette

A grid style is a named package of settings that describe a grid — like a style sheet for a design grid. You can apply grid styles to text boxes and can use them as the basis for master page grids. You can also base grid styles on other grid styles. Grid styles are displayed in the Grid Styles palette (Window menu). For more information, see "Working with grid styles."

The Grid Styles palette lets you create and apply grid styles.

Guides palette

The Guides palette lets you work with guides. For more information, see "Using the Guides palette."

HTML5 Palette

The HTML5 palette lets you create and configure movies, slideshows, buttons, and more for Digital layouts. For more information on creating a Digital layout, see Digital Publishing with QuarkXPress.

Hyperlinks palette

The Hyperlinks palette lets you add and edit hyperlinks in your document. For more information, see "Hyperlinks."

The Hyperlinks palette allows you to work with hypelinks in your document.

Image Editing palette

The Image Editing palette lets you edit the raster image of an imported image in QuarkXPress. For more information, see "Editing the raster image."

The Image Editing palette.

Index palette

The Index palette lets you tag text for indexing. When you create an index, all of the tags you created with the Index palette are automatically turned into a customizable index. For more information, see "Working with indexes."

The Index palette lets you tag text for inclusion in an automatically generated index.

Item Styles palette

The Item Styles palette lets you work with item styles. For more information, see "Item Styles XTensions software."

The Item Styles palette

 

JavaScript palette

The JavaScript palette lets you run scripts. Some sample scripts are shipped with QuarkXPress, and you can create more.

The JavaScript palette

JavaScript Debugger palette

The JavaScript Debugger palette lets you debug scripts. Use the Console tab to write and test code. Many sample scripts also log messages in console to help you understand what changes were made.

The JavaScript Debugger palette

Layers palette

The Layers palette lets you create layers, edit layer properties, control whether those layers display and print, and move objects between layers. For more information, See "Working with layers."

The Layers palette lets you work with layers and the objects on those layers.

Lists palette

The Lists palette helps you view and generate lists. This feature is useful for creating things like tables of contents. You can create lists in the Lists dialog box (Edit > Lists).

The List Name drop-down menu lets you choose from among the lists defined in the active project and the Update button lets you refresh the list currently displayed in the palette.

The Find button enables you to locate items in the Lists palette. You can also navigate to a word or heading by simply double-clicking it in the palette.

The Build button lets you insert the active list into the active text chain. If the list already exists in the story, you can update it rather than inserting another copy. The Format As style sheets for the list are applied automatically.

The Lists palette lets you create things like tables of contents

Measurements palette

With the Measurements palette (Window menu), you can quickly edit many commonly used controls. Options in the Measurements palette change to reflect the selected tool or item. When you select multiple items of the same type (such as three separate picture boxes), the Measurements palette controls apply to all selected items.

Keyboard Increments allow you to use the keyboard arrow keys to increase/decrease the values in several fields in the Measurement palette. Using the Shift/Alt key in conjunction with the up/down arrow keys changes the amount the value is increased/decreased. See the chart in "Palettes."

(Mac OS X only) You have the option to make the Measurements palette 50% larger, perfect for smaller screens with high resolutions.

The Measurements palette displays a row of icons called the navigator tab above the center of the palette. You can cycle left-to-right through the Measurements palette navigator tab icons by pressing Command+Option+;/Ctrl+Alt+;. You can move in reverse (right-to-left) by pressing Command+Option+,/Ctrl+Alt+,.

The selection of tabs displayed on the Measurements palette depends on which items are active, and the display of any tab changes to fit the item or items that are active. The available tabs are as follows:

  • Home tab: Contains often-used controls. Displays differently for text boxes, picture boxes, lines, and tables.

  • Character tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the character attributes of the currently selected text.

  • Paragraph tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the paragraph attributes of the currently selected text box.

  • Rules tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the rules attributes of the currently selected text box.

  • Tabs tab: Contains controls allowing you to set up the tabs in the currently selected text box.

  • Text Box tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the text attributes of the currently selected text box.

  • Picture Box tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the picture attributes of the currently selected picture box.

  • Clipping tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the clipping attributes of the currently selected picture box.

  • Border tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the border attributes of the currently selected box.

  • Runaround tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the runaround attributes of the currently selected object. Displays differently for text boxes, picture boxes, and lines.

  • Space/Align tab: Contains controls from the Space/Align submenu (Item > Space/Align).

  • Text Shading tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the text shading attributes attributes of the currently selected text:

  • Column Flow tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the column flow attributes of the currently selected text:

  • Drop Shadow tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the drop shadow attributes of the currently selected object.

  • Table tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the table attributes of the currently selected table.

  • Composition Zones tab: Contains controls allowing you to set the attributes for the currently selected composition zone .

When you select a picture box that contains an image, the number next to the Effective Image Resolution  icon  in the Home  tab of the Measurements  palette displays the effective resolution of the image. The actual image resolution divided by the scale of the image equals the effective resolution. For example, if you import an image with an actual image resolution of 100 dpi and then increase the scale from 100% to 200%, the effective resolution is 50 dpi. The higher the effective resolution is, the higher the quality of the reproduced image will be. Note that if you select multiple picture boxes with varying effective resolutions, no number displays next to the Effective Image Resolution  icon.

Vertical Measurement palette  (macOS only)

You can toggle between horizontal and vertical orientations of the Measurement palette. Use the context menu to select the desired orientation, or click on the  button to toggle between orientations. 

All controls are grouped under titles that allow you to collapse and expand the groups. With this option, you can keep the most frequently used groups open and keep the remaining collapsed, to avoid having to scroll the palette when working on smaller/standard screens.

You can resize the palette in vertical orientation and thegroups are wrapped, including the tab icons. 

Full sized Measurement palette in vertical orientation.
Re-sized Measurement palette in vertical orientation.

Page Layout palette

The Page Layout palette provides a variety of features having to do with pages and navigation.

The Page Layout palette lets you work with master pages and layout pages.

The top portion of the palette lets you create, duplicate, and delete master pages. To view and edit a master page, double-click it; the master page displays in the active project window. A single-sided master page displays as a rectangle, while a facing-page master page displays with two folded corners.

The bottom portion of the palette lets you navigate through the pages in the active layout. To go to a layout page, double-click in this portion of the palette.

To apply a master page to a layout page, drag the master page icon onto the layout page icon. Alternatively, you can select the layout page icons in the palette and them Command-click/Ctrl-click the master page icon.

Profile Information palette

The Profile Information palette lets you view and update color management settings for pictures. For more information, see "Color management."

The Profile Information palette lets you precisely control color management settings for pictures.

Redline palette

The Redline palette allows you to setup the tracking of changes in your projects.

For more information, see "Redline."

The Redline palette lets you work with tracking.

Scale palette

The Scale palette lets you perform advanced scaling operations. For more information, see "Scale XTensions software."

Style Sheets palette

The Style Sheets palette (Window > Style Sheets) enables you to apply character and paragraph style sheets by clicking style sheet names. The buttons at the top of each section of this palette let you create, edit, duplicate, update, and delete style sheets.

A plus sign next to a style sheet indicates that local formatting has been applied.

The Style Sheets palette lets you view and apply paragraph and character style sheets.

Table Styles palette

The Table Styles palette allows you to add, edit, and delete table styles.

The Table Styles palette provides access to the table styles.

Text Shading Styles palette

The Text Shading Styles palette allows you to add, edit, and delete text shading styles.

The Text Shading Styles palette lets you create, view and apply text shading styles.

Tools palette

The Tools palette lets you easily switch between a wide variety of tools for working with layouts. For more information, see "Tools."

Palette groups and palette sets

QuarkXPress offers two features that help you to manage palettes: palette groups and palette sets.

Using palette groups

The Palette Groups feature lets you combine several palettes into one.

This palette group shows the Colors, Style Sheets and Text Shading Styles palettes attached as one, which economizes space while providing easy access to functions.

(Windows only) To attach a palette to a palette group, Control+click/right-click the title bar of a palette group and choose an unchecked palette name. When you attach a palette that is already displayed, the palette moves to become part of the palette group. To detach a palette from a palette group, Control+click/right-click the palette name and choose Detach [palette name].

(Mac OS X only) To attach a palette to a palette group, click the icon in the top right of a palette and choose an unchecked palette name from the list. Palettes that are already displayed can also be dragged and merged into a palette group. When dragging, a thumbnail is shown indicating whether the palette will be merged or placed above. A blue line indicator is shown in the palette group to indicate the location the palette will be dropped.

(Mac OS X only) Docked palettes on screen edges form a palette group and can be moved as a group. Palette groups can be set to auto show/hide.

Using palette sets

The Palette Sets feature lets you store and recall the position and status of all open palettes and libraries, so that you can easily switch between different palette configurations.

To create a palette set, first display all of the palettes you will need for a particular task and hide all other palettes. Then choose Window > Palette Sets > Save Palette Set As to display the Save Palette Set As dialog box, enter a name, and optionally assign a key command.

To retrieve a palette set, choose Window > Palette Sets > [name of palette set] or press the keyboard combination for that palette set.

Layout controls

When you open a project, you have immediate access to some basic features at the bottom left of the project window.

Layout controls
  1. Zoom: Enter a zoom percentage or choose a zoom value from the drop-down menu (the maximum zoom limit is 8000%).

  2. Page Number: Enter a page number in the Page Number field or choose a page from the page list that displays when you click the upward facing arrow to the right of the field.

  3. Previous Page: Navigate to the previous page.

  4. Next Page: Navigate to the next page.

  5. View Master Page: Switch back and forth between the active layout page and its master page.

  6. Split Screen Horizontal: View the layout in two or more separate panes one above the other.

  7. Split Screen Vertical: View the layout in two or more separate panes side by side.

  8. Export: Display the same export options that are available when you choose File > Export.

  9. Page Preview: Click the up arrow next to the Page Number field to see a thumbnail view of all of the pages in the layout. Mac OS X users can continue to click the up arrow to enlarge the thumbnails.

  10. Preview HTML5 Publication: Click this icon to generate a preview of your content as an HTML5 Publication. You can choose to preview the current page, the current layout or the entire project. This allows you to preview your content  in a browser, before actually exporting or uploading to the portal.

  11. App Build Status: Click this icon to check the build status for the iOS or Android App you last published from QuarkXPress. You may also use the "App Build Status" menu option under the Utilities menu. Once complete, you may view the downloaded builds from the App Export dialog. This icon will change to an error icon, if the app fails for some reason, you may then click it to get more details.

Views and view sets

QuarkXPress gives you multiple ways to view your layouts. You can split a window or create a new window to show two different layouts, or two different views of the same layout. You can use Story Editor view to concentrate on text without having to look at the layout. And the View Sets feature lets you create and easily switch between different view options.

Splitting a window

By splitting a window into two or more panes, you can display multiple views of one project at the same time, and you can see changes in all panes simultaneously. You can even use different view modes in each pane, and see your edits in one pane and update in the other pane in real time. You can split multiple views horizontally or vertically within a window.

There are three ways to split a window:

  • Choose Window > Split Window > Horizontal or Window > Split Window > Vertical.

  • (Windows only) Click the split bar to the right of the scroll bar (for a vertical split) or at the top of the scroll bar (for a horizontal split).

  • Click the split-screen icons in the layout controls bar at the bottom of the project window.

Once a window has been split, you can change the width and height of the split by dragging the bars between the splits.

To remove splits from a window, use one of the following techniques:

  • Choose Window > Split Window > Remove All.

  • Click the close button in the top right corner of the window.

Creating a window

To create a new window that displays the active project, choose Window > New Window.

If you open multiple windows for a project, make changes to that project, and then begin closing the windows, the application will not prompt you to save the project until you attempt to close the last window that displays the project.

Using Story Editor view

Story Editor view lets you concentrate on the text of a story without the distraction of the layout. In Story Editor view, all text is the same size and the same font, the text fills the entire window, and only the most basic character formatting (such as bold and italic) are displayed. A red background indicates where text has overflowed beyond the last text box or path in the story.

To display the contents of the active story in a new Story Editor window, select a box or line that contains the target story and choose View > Story Editor. (If a Story Editor window is already open, the selected item's story displays in that window.)

If you want to monitor the overall appearance of a page as you edit its text at an easy-to-view size, you can position a Story Editor window next to a layout window that shows the same story.

A story in layout view (left) and in a Story Editor window (right)

View sets

The View menu provides various options for how a layout displays. You can display or hide guides, grids, invisible characters, visual indicators, and more. (For more information, see "View menu.") The View Sets feature lets you store and recall different combinations of these settings. The settings that are stored in a view set are as follows:

  • View > Guides

  • View > Page Grids

  • View > Text Box Grids

  • View > Rulers

  • View > Ruler Direction

  • View > Visual Indicators

  • View > Invisibles

  • View > Trim View

  • View > Hide Suppressed

  • View > Full Res Previews

QuarkXPress ships with several default view sets:

  • Default: This is the default set of view options that displays when you create your first layout after launching QuarkXPress for the first time.

  • Output Preview: This view set simulates a printed page as closely as possible. Guides, grids, invisibles, and visual indicators are hidden. View > Trim View, View > Hide Suppressed is turned on. The pasteboard displays using the color you specify in the Display pane of the Preferences dialog box (QuarkXPress/Edit > Preferences).

  • Authoring View: This view set displays guides, invisibles, visual indicators, and the ruler.

To create a view set, first turn on only the view options you want to store in that view set. Then choose View > View Sets > Save View Set As to display the Save View Set As dialog box, enter a name, and optionally assign a key command.

To switch to a view set, do one of the following things:

  • Choose View > View Sets > [name of view set].

  • Press the keyboard combination for the view set.

  • Display the View Sets palette (View > View Sets > Manage View Sets), click the name of the view set in the palette, and then click Apply (or simply double-click the view set name).

To manage the view sets you have created, choose View > View Sets > Manage View Sets. The View Sets palette displays. You can use the buttons at the top of this palette to Edit , Apply , and Delete the selected view set.

View Sets palette

View sets are saved at the application level. However, any view settings you apply to a layout using view sets are saved with that layout.