Getting Started with QuarkCopyDesk 2020


After you have installed QuarkCopyDesk┬«, you must activate the software.

Activation is a process that authorizes QuarkCopyDesk to run indefinitely on the computer on which it was installed. During activation, an installation key is generated and sent to Quark. This installation key contains a representation of your hardware configuration. Quark uses the installation key to generate and return an activation key, which is used to activate your copy of QuarkCopyDesk.

An activated copy of QuarkCopyDesk can run only on the specific computer on which it was activated. If you want to move a copy of the software to a different computer, you can use the License Transfer feature. For more information, see "License transfer."

An evaluation copy of QuarkCopyDesk will run in fully functional mode for 7 days. After that, the software will not launch unless you enter a valid validation code.


You must activate your copy of QuarkCopyDesk. If a valid copy of QuarkCopyDesk has been installed on your computer but has not yet been activated, the Product Activation dialog box displays each time you launch the software. The activation process requires an internet connection. To activate your copy of QuarkCopyDesk: 

  • Choose QuarkCopyDesk as your product configuration

  • Enter your validation code

  • Click Continue.

Canceling the activation dialog will quit the application.

If you cannot activate online, see Contacting Quark for contact information.

Activation troubleshooting

If automatic activation fails, contact Quark Technical Support (see "Contacting Quark").

The Quark activation system supports only basic proxy server authentication. Internet activation will not work if you use a proxy server with something other than basic authentication.


After activation, QuarkCopyDesk verifies the validity of the activation key each time it is launched. If QuarkCopyDesk fails to detect a valid activation key, you must reactivate the software by contacting Quark customer service, submitting the online form, or faxing the reactivation form.

You must reactivate QuarkCopyDesk if you make a significant hardware change (such as changing the Ethernet address on a Mac or changing the computer processor) or if the activation mechanism is damaged in some way.

If QuarkCopyDesk detects that the activation data has been modified or is missing or corrupt, the application displays the Activate QuarkCopyDesk dialog box and prompts you to reactivate QuarkCopyDesk.

If you plan to make significant hardware changes to your computer, use the License Transfer feature deactivate QuarkCopyDesk first and then reactivate it on the same computer making the hardware changes. For more information, see "License Transfer".

If you need to reactivate your copy of QuarkCopyDesk, reactivate it immediately. Otherwise, it will run only in demonstration mode (see "Demonstration mode" section below).

You can uninstall and reinstall an activated copy of QuarkCopyDesk on the same computer as many times as you want without reactivating the application.

There is no grace period for activation after installation, a significant hardware change or for damage to the activation mechanism.

Dual activation policy

A single-user license of QuarkCopyDesk allows the primary registered user to install and use the software on two computers (a primary computer and secondary computer). To take advantage of this, simply install and activate QuarkCopyDesk on both computers.

The dual activation policy is platform independent, so you can use it on two computers running macOS, two computers running Windows or two computers, one running macOS, the other running Windows.