Do you need to creatively link and unlink text boxes in QuarkXPress? For example, unlink text boxes while maintaining the text already in them? Or unlink text boxes across multiple pages? Or how about linking text boxes that already have text in them?
Linkster was introduced in QuarkXPress 9 for exactly this purpose. You’ll find it under the Utilities menu. (If you have QuarkXPress 6, 7 or 8 and have Gluon’s ProPack set of XTensions, you also have Linkster!)
First, you choose a Scope (either your selected text boxes or all the text boxes on your choice of pages). Then choose an Action — either Unlink or Link:
The Unlinking choices are:
- Option 1 creates three stories: one for the boxes before the selected box, one for the selected box, and one for the boxes after the selected box.
- Option 2 creates two stories: one for the boxes before and after the selected box, and one for the selected box.
- Option 3 creates two stories: one for the boxes before the selected box and the selected box, and one for the boxes after the selected box.
- Option 4 creates two stories: one for the boxes before the selected box, and one for the selected box and the boxes after the selected box.
(A “story” is defined as one or more text boxes that contain text.)
To link text boxes, click Link. If Pages is selected, only those boxes that have been unlinked by Linkster will be re-linked. If Selection is selected, Linkster tries to link the selected boxes in the order you selected them.
Click Keep text in same boxes to attempt to keep the text in the same boxes after linking.
Quark has a 3-minute tutorial video about Linkster here.
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.