Tools

QuarkXpress palette tools Tools

The Tools palette

The Tools palette includes the following controls:

  • Use the Item tool QuarkXpress tool item Tools to select, move, resize, and reshape items (boxes, lines, text paths, and groups). When the Item tool is not selected, you can press Command/Ctrl to temporarily access the Item tool.
  • Use the Text Content tool QuarkXpress tool text content Tools to draw text boxes and work with text in boxes.
  • Use the Picture Content tool QuarkXpress tool picture content Tools to draw picture boxes and work with pictures in boxes.
  • Use the Linking tool QuarkXpress tool linking Tools to link text boxes.
  • Use the Unlinking tool QuarkXpress tool unlinking Tools to unlink text boxes.
  • Use the Rectangle Box tool QuarkXpress tool rectangle Tools to create a rectangular box. To draw a square box, press and hold Shift while drawing.
  • Use the Oval Box tool QuarkXpress tool oval Tools to create an oval box. To create a circular box, press and hold Shift while drawing.
  • Use the Composition Zones tool QuarkXpress tool composition zones Tools to create a Composition Zones box.
  • Use the Star Box tool QuarkXpress tool star Tools to create a star-shaped box.
  • Use the Line tool QuarkXpress tool line diagonal Tools to create straight diagonal lines of any angle. To constrain a line angle to 45 degrees, press and hold Shift while drawing.
  • Use the Bézier Pen tool QuarkXpress tool bezier Tools to create Bézier lines and boxes. To constrain a line angle to 45 degrees, press and hold Shift while drawing.
  • Use the Add Point tool QuarkXpress tool add point Tools to add a point to any type of path. Adding a point to a content box automatically turns the content box into a Bézier item.
  • Use the Remove Point tool QuarkXpress tool remove point Tools to remove a point from any type of path.
  • Use the Convert Point tool QuarkXpress tool convert angle Tools to automatically convert corner points to curve points, and curve points to corner points. Click and drag to change the position of a point, the curve of a curved line segment, or the position of a straight line segment. Select this tool and click a rectangular box or straight line to convert the item to a Bézier box or line.
  • Use the Scissors tool QuarkXpress tool scissors Tools to cut an item into distinct paths.
  • Use the Select Point tool QuarkXpress tool select Tools to select curves or points so that you can move them or delete them. Press Shift and click to select multiple points. Option-click/Alt-click a point to make it symmetrical.
  • Use the Freehand Line tool QuarkXpress tool freehand Tools to draw any shape line or box you want. If you don’t close a freehand box, it remains a line. To automatically close a freehand box, press Option/Alt.
  • Use the Tables tool QuarkXpress tool table Tools to create a table.
  • Use the Zoom tool QuarkXpress tool zoom Tools to enlarge or reduce the document view.
  • Use the Pan tool QuarkXpress tool pan Tools to reposition the active layout.
Note: After you draw a box, select the Text Content tool QuarkXpress tool text content Tools or the Picture Content tool QuarkXpress tool picture content Tools, depending what you want in the box. You can also use key commands to declare the box content type: Press T while drawing to declare Picture content or press R while drawing to declare Text content.
Note: For more information about Bézier boxes and lines, see “Creating Bézier boxes” and “Creating Bézier lines.”
Note: To add text to a line or path, select the Text Content tool QuarkXpress tool text content Tools and double-click the line or path.
Note: For more information about Composition Zones, see “Creating a Composition Zones item.”
Note: Windows users can display the Tools palette (Windows menu) horizontally, as well as vertically. To display the palette horizontally, Ctrl+double-click the title bar.


Tool key commands

When no text box or text path is active, you can switch tools quickly using the following key commands:

  • Item tool: V
  • Text Content tool: T (press Escape to deselect the active text box so you can switch to another tool)
  • Text Linking tool: T
  • Text Unlinking tool: T
  • Picture Content tool: R
  • Rectangle Box tool: B
  • Oval Box tool: B
  • Starburst tool: B
  • Composition Zones tool: B
  • Line tool: L
  • Bézier Pen tool: P
  • Add Point tool: P
  • Remove Point tool: P
  • Convert Angle tool: P
  • Scissors tool: P
  • Select Point tool: P
  • Freehand Line tool: P
  • Tables tool: G
  • Zoom tool: Z
  • Pan tool: X

Parent topic: The user interface

Tools