Several people have asked me a question that goes something like this:
“I upgraded to QuarkXPress 8/9, and now when I double-click a text box it opens the Modify dialog. Previously, QuarkXPress would helpfully switch to the Content tool so I could edit the text in the box. What changed, and how do I get my old tool behavior back?”
The problem/solution centers around this new feature in QuarkXPress 8 and above: the first time you double-click a text or picture box with the Item tool, a dialog appears asking you how you want QuarkXPress to behave every subsequent time you double-click a box. It looks like this:
If your Item tool is opening the Modify dialog when you double-click a text box, then someone chose that option and ticked the “Don’t display dialog again” checkbox. (It may have been a co-worker who got hold of your new QuarkXPress before you did!)
Resetting the option is easy — just choose QuarkXPress> Preferences (Mac) or Edit>Preferences (Windows):
Select Tools under the Print Layout section. Then double-click on the Item tool icon (the double-arrow) to open the Item tool preference dialog. Make your choice and click the OK button.
From then on, when you use the Item tool to double-click a text box, the Text Content Tool will become active and you’ll see the familiar blinking text cursor to edit the text in the box!
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.