Understanding Global and Local Controls

Understanding Global and Local Controls

Global settings affect everything that you do — every project and layout and item that you create. They govern how QuarkXPress behaves when you perform certain actions. Local changes, on the other hand, affect only selected objects, such as an active page or item. Most preference settings are found in the Preferences dialog box (choose QuarkXPressPreferences on the Mac and EditPreferences in Windows, or press Option+Shift+z+Y or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Y). In QuarkXPress, global and local changes work as follows:

  • Application preferences are global. They define how various features in your copy of QuarkXPress work with any type of file open.

  • Project preferences can be global or local. If you change these preferences with no projects open, they change how QuarkXPress features behave for all future projects. If you change preferences with a project open, they affect only the active project.

  • Default settings are changes you make to the list of available colors, H&J sets, style sheets, print styles, and so forth. Some of these lists, such as print styles, are always global. Other lists, such as style sheets, become program defaults when no projects are open but apply only to the active project when projects are open.


    The Quark CMS, Index, and Fraction/Price options are now in the main Preferences dialog box (in version 5, they had been in separate dialog boxes), as are new panes for Undo, Full Res Preview, Placeholders, and XML Import. The Project label is also new. Gone is the StreetPost pane, which controlled how Extensible Markup Language (XML) projects connected to the Web. QuarkXPress 6 uses a different XML engine, and this pane is no longer relevant.

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