In QuarkXPress, the fastest way to select multiple items is to drag a selection marquee that touches the items you want to select. You don’t have to completely surround an item — just touching it will add it to the selection.
Be sure to use the Item tool for this task:
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.