The Character, Paragraph, Tabs and Rules dialog boxes in QuarkXPress have an Apply button that lets you preview your changes before committing to them. If you’d like to preview your changes as you make them, hold down the Option/Alt key and press the Apply button. This makes the Apply button “stick.” Then, any changes you make in the dialog box will be immediately reflected in your document.
(Note to keyboard jockeys: you can also type Command-A to press the Apply button, or Option-Command-A to make it stick. That’s Ctrl-A and Alt-Ctrl-A for Windows users.)
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.