Changing Default Settings

Changing Default Settings

Default settings, such as the list of colors available, are settings that you can make with no projects open. The settings then become part of all new projects that you create. Some of the default settings that you change globally can be modified for individual projects. Other settings remain defaults that apply throughout your QuarkXPress projects. The default settings that you can change are in the Edit menu and the Utilities menu.

Edit menu defaults

The Edit menu has two types of defaults: some that you can change globally and edit locally; and others that you can only change globally. The ones that you can edit both globally and locally are located after Find/Change. The ones that cannot be saved with individual projects are grayed out when the menu is pulled down and no project is open. Figure shows the menu.

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Figure: When no projects are open, commands for default settings remain active in the Edit menu.

You can change these settings for all new projects but then change them for an individual project that is active:

  • Style Sheets: You can modify the Normal style sheets (changing the default font, for example) and add your own style sheets.

  • Colors: You can delete colors you never use — such as the default Red, Green, and Blue — and then add commonly used colors, such as the Pantone color in your company logo.

  • H&Js: You can modify the Standard hyphenation and justification set to suit your editorial style and then add other H&J sets that you use often (although H&J sets often need to be modified within projects depending on fonts, column width, and so on).

  • Lists: If you’re generating automatic tables of contents (from paragraph style sheets), you can create default lists to be included in all new projects.

  • Dashes & Stripes: You can customize the dash and stripe patterns for lines and frames and include your patterns with all new projects.

  • Print Styles: You can import and export these print settings to share them with other users, because they’re not saved with projects.

  • Hyperlinks: These are sets of URLs, mailtos, and other hyperlinks for Web and PDF documents.

  • Jabberwocky Sets: These are sets of words that make up “dummy” text for use in preliminary designs; like with print styles, you can import and export Jabberwocky text.

  • CSS Font Families: These are sets of fonts used in Web pages’ cascading style sheets.

  • Meta Tags: These are sets of behind-the-scenes information stored in Web pages that, for example, help search engines properly categorize Web pages as well as indicate the site’s owner.

  • Cascading Menus and Menus: These, which are created for interactive projects, are also saved with QuarkXPress.


    The Hyperlinks, CSS Font Families, and Cascading Menus options are new to QuarkXPress 6.

Utilities menu defaults

When no projects are open, changes that you make to any active options in the Utilities menu affect all new projects. These include Auxiliary Dictionaries and Hyphenation Exceptions (which manage hyphenation settings) and Tracking Edit and Kerning Table Edit (which manage intercharacter spacing). You can also make changes in the XTensions Manager, which controls which XTensions load with QuarkXPress but has no effect on individual projects. The PPD Manager works similarly, letting you load printer description files for global use in QuarkXPress instead of for specific project use.


When a project is open, any changes to the Auxiliary Dictionaries and Hyphenation Exceptions menu options affect only the current layout in that project.

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