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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now once you get to where you want to make your edits, let's say it's right in here, selecting becomes the most important part of what you are doing. Now selecting text in XPress is the same as selecting it in the other program and that you can click-and-drag using your mouse and select that text. But if you find yourself doing a lot of text editing, it really helps to remember a few little mouse-click movements. For example, if I just want to get this understand word, I just double-click and it selects the whole word. If I want the line of text, say this first line here, I'll just triple-click, 1, 2, 3 and I've got the whole line.
If I want the whole paragraph, four clicks, 1, 2, 3, 4 and now I've got the whole paragraph selected including the Return character at the end, which if you have been editing paragraphs very much, you realize you really have to select that final paragraph Return. Now you can also can quintuple-click, if you are capable of following that and that will select the whole story. But I just press Command+A or Ctrl+A to select the whole story that way because it's a lot easier than five clicks in a row and I do this so much that I actually have my double-button trackball programmed so that one of the buttons is a double-click and in that way, with two double-clicks, I have quadruple-clicked and selected the paragraph that I'm in.
You may not want to go that far with it, but hey, it works for me. Now here is a tip that's related to double, triple and quadruple clicking. Once you have selected a word, for example, by double-clicking, if you keep your mouse button held down at the end of that second click, you can then select multiple words after that by just dragging. So watch. Double-click, holding my mouse button still down. As I move, it automatically selects word after word after word. Similarly, if you need to select line after line and you triple-click, you can then keep your mouse button held down, drag, drag, drag and it's selecting each line in order and the same is true with paragraphs.
I'll just zoom out so we can see it. If I need to select multiple paragraphs, I can do a quadruple click and keep my mouse button held down at the end, 1, 2, 3, 4 and then when I drag, I'm selecting multiple paragraphs. Now if you are a keyboard junkie like I am, you might find it useful to realize that the Arrow keys on your keyboard in combination with Command, Ctrl, Option, and Shift, are going to let you select multiple places in your document as well. So for example, now that I have this paragraph selected, if I hold down the Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift on Windows and then press my Arrow key, it's going to select paragraph after paragraph after paragraph.
If I press the Up arrow, it will select one less paragraph each time. And if I add the Option key or the Alt key, it's going to select everything to the end of that story and remember a story can be one or more text boxes that are linked together. So if we zoom out, you will see that I have two continued text box chains all selected at the same time. It starts on the first page, continues all the way down to the end. This is really handy, if you need to select all the text from one point to the end of the story and delete it. No mousing around.
Just Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift and Down arrow and that will select all of the texts from your insertion point all the way to the end of the story. Of course, the same thing works with the Up arrow. Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift and Up arrow. It selects everything from your cursor to the top of the story. Now let's say instead of needing to select all the text, you just want to move your cursor to the end of the story or to the beginning of the story, then you leave the Shift key out of that combination. For example, if I'm right here and I want to get to the beginning of the story, I just do Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt and bingo! I'm now at the top of the story.
Here I'll zoom in so you can see what I'm talking about. We start here, Command+Option+Up, and now I'm at the top of the story. Guess what, if I press Command+Option+ Down, I'm now at the end of the story, which actually took me through about six text boxes to the very end. I don't need to know where the stories continued. I don't need to know what page it's on. It just takes me all the way down to the end of the story. Extremely convenient when you are trying to add something to the end of the story or just get there for some other reason. The Arrow keys are also incredibly handy when you are at the end of the text box or at the beginning of the text box that's linked to other text boxes and you want to get to the text box that's before or after where you are.
For example, I'll go back up to page one, and I'm here. Now I want to get to the top of the next box that's linked to this next box. If I just press the Down arrow, I'm now at the top of the next text box. If I were at the top of the text box, and I want to get to the text box before it, Up arrow. It takes me right to the bottom of the previous text box.
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