Unless you’ve changed the preferences in QuarkXPress, all new text or picture boxes have a white background color and a text runaround applied.
If you want a box’s background to be “None” and also want its text runaround set to “None”, you don’t have to change each one separately. Instead, just set choose Item> Modify (or press Command-M on a Mac; Ctrl-M on Windows) and change the box’s Text Runaround to “None” — its background color will automatically change to “None” as well.
(To make these changes for all new boxes that you create, double-click one of the box tools and make the changes there. The change will affect all boxes you make in that Project from then on. To make that change for all future Projects you create, do the same thing while no Project is open.)
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.