Free Quark Keyboard Shortcut Guide

Quark has a helpful document that lists all the keyboard commands in QuarkXPress 8.

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Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

12 thoughts on “Free Quark Keyboard Shortcut Guide

  1. Do you know, or do you know where I can find the shortcut to proportionately reduce the size of a QuarkXpress 8 type box and the type inside of it? I used to know it and now I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks.

  2. Jay Nelson

    Command-Shift-drag will do it. To resize from the center of the box, add the Option key. (Windows: Ctrl-Shift-drag, or Ctrl-Alt-Shift-drag)

  3. Mitzi Pepall

    I cannot get the ‘show guides” shortcut to work (F7). Or f8 for that matter. instead imusic opened.

    I use these a lot.

  4. Mitzi: On Mac portables and some desktop Macs, the function keys don’t work as function keys unless you hold down the fn key at the same time you press one. Instead, they change system settings such as sound level and display brightness.

    If you want to reverse this behavior, so that pressing an Fkey invokes a software command, choose Apple menu> System Preferences> Keyboard & Mouse. Then in the Keyboard tab enable “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys”. The Fkeys will then operate normally, and you will need to hold down the fn key to use them to adjust sound, brightness, etc.

    (Thanks for the question! I think I’ll make a new story out of it…)

  5. Mitzi Pepall

    THANKS. The f7 key is now working as I am used to. I am also using the fn key as you suggested as well.

    I have an even bigger problem and I can see from some forums that it is widespread. Previously on Quark 7, when I “command Print,” I chose Adobe PDF in the print dialogue box to create a PS file (which I then distilled to a pdf). IN Quark 9 there is no option for Adobe PDF in the print dialogue box.

    Is there a way to get the Adobe pdf maker into the print dialogue box? Or do I just use the “export” to pdf under the file menu to create a pdf in Quark. And if this is the case, why on earth have I purchased the latest Adobe Acrobat X Pro?

    Making a good pdf is a crucial aspect of the graphics business.

  6. Mitzi: You can make a “professional quality print” PDF in (at least) two ways:
    1. Use Quark’s built-in PDF engine.
    2. Export to PostScript and use Acrobat to distill the PostScript file (as you have before).

    To accomplish #1, just choose File> Export Layout as PDF.
    To accomplish #2, change Quark’s preferences (QuarkXPress> Preferences> PDF) to “Create PostScript File for Later Distilling”.

    I hope this helps!

  7. Mitzi Pepall

    You are so helpful. I can’t thank you enough. Working late to reach a deadline, but will change the preferences and attempt to create a PS to distill tomorrow morn to send to printer. I’ll let you know how it goes. Distilling has always been my method.

  8. Mitzi: glad to help! Your question has inspired me to write a Planet Quark “tip” about this topic.

  9. Mitzi Pepall

    Thanks Jay. What luck finding you in this forum.

    Following your instructions I have made a PS file after changing preferences in Quark 9. I am now studying press optimized settings, &c., in Distiller. This has always been challenging.

    If you know anything about this deep topic, most designers would be grateful for basic info. In the past I have talked to the technical person in the office of whatever printer I am dealing with to find out what I should do. Low-res pdfs are never a problem, as they are usually used for proofing or uploaded online. But when one is going to press it is a very big deal.

    Struggling along.

    Best, Mitzi

  10. Mitzi: I’ve always just followed the instructions given to me by my commercial printer. Often, they even have a Distiller settings file that you can use. That takes the guesswork out.
    If that isn’t possible, or I don’t know who the printer will be, I use whatever the highest setting is in Distiller (or Acrobat or QuarkXPress) and tweak it so that crop & reg marks are included, and that no graphics are downsampled. Even though this creates a larger PDF file than may be necessary, it give me peace of mind that I’m giving my printer everything they could possibly need.

  11. Kris

    How do i change the shortcut for the GUIDES in Quark v9. It’s command ; but when you use that as a shortcut it’s the same command for bringing up the utilities Guides. Very frustrating so I would like to change my command for the guides to something else, or vise-versa because I can’t turn on or off my guides without going through VIEW and I’m so used to using shortcut keys. Why would they make them the same command is beyond me?

  12. silva

    why the short-key Cmd-Shift-F (Fit Exactly to a Box) is not available in version quark mac 8.5.1

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