To quickly select one of your installed fonts in QuarkXPress, make sure a text box is selected and the Content tool is active, then press Command-Option-Shift-M (Windows: Ctrl-Alt-Shift-M). This will take you to the font field of the Measurements palette. Then type the first few letters of the font you want and press Enter.
If you want to explore various typefaces for use on selected text, simply press Option-F9 on your keyboard to scroll down the font list, and Shift-Option-F9 to scroll up the list (Windows: Alt-F9 and Shift-Alt-F9). This will take you up and down the list of fonts and apply them to your selected text.
If you give this a try, I predict it will become one of your basic formatting habits.
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.