Palette Sets, introduced in QuarkXPress 7, let you save any arrangement of palettes as a set, so you can easily get back to that arrangement by simply selecting it from the Window menu (Window> Palette Sets). You may want to create a set for text-intensive documents, or perhaps one that includes all the palettes you normally use for an ongoing project or client.
Inexplicably, Quark does not include a Default Set, nor a way to get back to the original palette arrangement without deleting ALL your preferences. If you REALLY need to get back to the default palette setup, try this:
- Find QuarkXPress’s Preferences folder and move it to your desktop. You’ll find the Preferences folder either inside the QuarkXPress application folder or in your [username]/Library/Preferences/Quark folder. If you have both, the one in the application folder is the live one, and you may as well remove the one from your Library folder.
- Launch QuarkXPress
- Create the Default Set as described above
- Quit QuarkXPress
- Drag the new Default Set out of the Palette Sets folder inside the new Preferences folder that QuarkXPress just created for you.
- Replace the new Preferences folder with the older one you saved elsewhere.
- Drag the Default Set file into the Palette Sets folder in the old Preferences folder.
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.