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QuarkXPress 9 Shortcuts: PC

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are many keyboard shortcuts for QuarkXPress 9, including lesser known and hidden keystrokes!

Adjust Font Size
Increase Preset Range Ctrl-Shift->
Increase In 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift->
Decrease Preset Range Ctrl-Shift-<
Decrease In 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-<
Adjust Leading
Increase In 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Shift-"
Increase In 1/10-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-"
Decrease In 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Shift-:
Decrease In 1/10-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-:
Adjust Kern / Track Amount
Increase In 10/200-em Increments Ctrl-Shift-}
Increase In 1/200-em Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-}
Decrease In 10/200-em Increments Ctrl-Shift-{
Decrease In 1/200-em Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-{
Baseline Shift
Up In 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-0
Down In 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-9
Modifying Horizontal Scaling
Increase in 5% Increments Ctrl-] (Ctrl-Alt-] for 1% Increments)
Decrease in 5% Increments Ctrl-[ (Ctrl-Alt-[ for 1% Increments)
Scaling Pictures in 5% Increments
Increase Ctrl-Alt-Shift->
Decrease Ctrl-Alt-Shift-<
Resizing Boxes and Scaling Pictures or Text
Scale Box & Contents Ctrl-Drag
Constrain Box Shape proportionally &
Scale contents
Scale just box proportionally Shift-Drag
Centering and Fitting Pictures
Center Ctrl-Shift-M
Fit Exactly to a Box Ctrl-Shift-F
Fit to a Box (Maintaining Aspect Ratio) Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F
Modifying Width of Lines
Increase in 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift->
Increase Preset Range Ctrl-Shift->
Decrease in 1-Point Increments Ctrl-Alt-Shift-<
Decrease Preset Range Ctrl-Shift-<
Move Object w/Item tool 1pt Any Arrow Key (add Alt for .1pt)
Move Picture w/Content tool 1pt Any Arrow Key (add Alt for .1pt)
Special Characters
Indent Here Ctrl-\
Discretionary New Line Ctrl-Enter
New Line Shift-Enter
New Column Enter (numeric keypad)
New Box Shift-Enter (numeric keypad)
Right-Indent Tab Shift-Tab
Inch Marks with Smart Quotes Checked Ctrl-Alt-"
Foot Marks with Smart Quotes Checked Ctrl-'
To Enter One Special Font Character
Symbol Font Character Ctrl-Shift-Q, then type character
Zapf Dingbats Font Character Ctrl-Shift-Z, then type character
Changing Fonts
Highlight Font Name in Measurements Palette Ctrl-Alt-Shift-M
Display highlighted text in next font Ctrl-F9
Display highlighted text in previous font Ctrl-Shift-F9
Hyphens and Dashes
Nonbreaking Standard Hyphen Ctrl-=
Discretionary (Soft) Hyphen Ctrl-Hyphen
Nonbreaking en Dash Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Hyphen
Breaking em Dash Ctrl-Shift-=
Nonbreaking em Dash Ctrl-Alt-Shift-=
Page Numbering
Page Number of the Previous Text Box Ctrl-2
Page Number of the Current Text Box Ctrl-3
Page Number of the Next Text Box Ctrl-4
Nonbreaking Standard Space Ctrl-5
Breaking en-Space Ctrl-Shift-6
Nonbreaking en-Space Ctrl-Alt-Shift-6
Breaking Flexible-Space Ctrl-Shift-5
Nonbreaking Flexible-Space Ctrl-Alt-Shift-5
Breaking Punctuation Space Shift-space
Nonbreaking Punctuation Space Ctrl-Shift-space
Selecting Text
Select one whole word Double-click (line=3 clicks, paragraph=4 clicks, story=5 clicks)
Select to End of text Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Down Arrow
Select to Beginning of text Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Up Arrow
Style Sheet Palette
Open Style Sheets Dialog Box Ctrl-Click on style name
Display edit style sheet pop-up menu Right-Click on style name
Apply No Style, then style sheet Alt-Click on style name
Measurements Palette
Switch to Next Tab Ctrl-Alt-semicolon(;)
Switch to Previous Tab Ctrl-Alt-comma(,)
Highlight X coordinate Ctrl-Alt-M
Highlight Font field Ctrl-Alt-Shift-M
Space / Align
Apply Last Ctrl-Alt-/
Open Space Align Tab in Measurements palette Ctrl-comma(,)
Searching for Text in Find / Change
Wild Card (in Find only) \?
New Paragraph \p
New Line \n
New Column \c
New Box \b
Discretionary New Line \d
Backslash \\
Tab \t
Indent Here \i
Punctuation Space \.
Figure Space \8
Flex Space \f
Hair Space \{
Em Space \m
Thin Space \[
For Use in Dialog Boxes
Apply Alt-A
Yes or No Y or N
Display next Tab in Dialog Box Ctrl-Tab
Display previous Tab in Dialog Box Ctrl-Shift-Tab
To halt redraw on screen Escape
To force redraw on screen Shift-Escape
Select next tool Ctrl-Alt-Tab or Ctrl-F8
Select previous tool Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Tab or Ctrl-Shift-F8
Zooming / Display
Zoom In (using the Mouse) Ctrl-Spacebar-Click or Drag
Zoom Out (using the Mouse) Ctrl-Alt-Spacebar-Click
Zoom In/Out (using Scroll Wheel) Hold Control and spin the Scroll Wheel
Zoom In Ctrl-plus(+) [doesn’t work in text boxes]
Zoom Out Ctrl-minus(–) [doesn’t work in text boxes]
Access View Percentage Field Ctrl-Alt-V
Fit Largest Spread in Window Ctrl-Alt-0(zero)
Use Page Grabber Hand Alt-Drag
Live Scroll/Disable when Already Live Alt-Drag scroll box
Change pages but keep onscreen page position Alt-Page Down/Page Up
Index Palette
Display Index palette & highlight Text Field Ctrl-Alt-I
Click Add button Ctrl-Alt-Shift-I
Edit highlighted index entry Double-Click
For Use with Bézier Paths
Create a point Click on line segment
Delete a point Click on point
Convert point from Corner to Smooth Ctrl-Shift-Drag curve handle
Convert point from Smooth to Corner Alt-Click on point
Edit Bézier while creating item Ctrl while creating item
Retract curve handles Alt-Click point
Expose curve handles Alt-Drag point
Temporarily Suspend Text Reflow
w/Runaround Path
Hold Space Bar while Editing Path
Miscellaneous Good Stuff
Copy Paragraph Formats to Selection Alt-Shift-Click
Remove All Tabs from Paragraph Alt-Click on Tab Ruler
Activate Hidden Items (box behind box) Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Click
Add multiple pages Alt-drag master page into document area
Move or Remove guide
(if not currently in Item tool)
Ctrl-Click-drag guide
Delete All Ruler Guides Alt-Click on Ruler
Change “Find Next” to “Find First” Alt
Close Find/Change Palette Ctrl-Alt-F
Open Item Specifications Ctrl-Double-click on object w/Item tool
Open Font Usage F2
Open Picture Usage Shift-F2
Maximize/Minimize Window F3
Select contiguous components in list
(Style Sheets, Colors, H&Js, etc.)
Select noncontiguous components in list
(Style Sheets, Colors, H&Js, etc.)
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