If you rely on function keys (F-keys) for controlling various activities in QuarkXPress — such as showing and hiding item outlines and palettes — your Mac can get in the way. By default, Mac OS X uses F1, F2, F3, and the others for controlling brightness, iTunes, sound levels, and so forth.
Fortunately, it’s easy (if not obvious) to switch those keys back to their best use for QuarkXPress. Just open System Preferences from the Apple menu and click on Keyboard. Then, enable the checkbox labeled “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys“:
This reverses the behavior of the Function keys, so that now if you want to change the brightness, volume, iTunes song, etc., just hold down the “fn” key on your keyboard while pressing one of those F-keys.
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.