QuarkXPress 8 has a long-needed new feature: WYSIWYG font menus. We’ve covered how this feature works in other posts, but here’s today’s tip: hold down the Shift key when accessing a font menu to toggle its WYSIWYG appearance. In other words, if your preferences are set to show fonts in their own typefaces, holding the Shift key will revert them back to a plain text list. If your preferences are set to not show the fonts in their own typefaces, holding the Shift key will show them in WYSIWYG format.
Seeing your fonts in plain text format can be tremendously helpful when you’re looking for a picture font — otherwise, its name appears as a string of pictures from that font! (Ditto for Alternate Character fonts!)
With the Shift key held down — no WYSIWYG. But notice that the icons for the various font formats helpfully still appear.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, 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.