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Special Character Markers - QuarkXPress

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Special Character Markers usually represent non-printing characters, and can be used anywhere where you would put text, such as in holidays names, slogans text, holidays options, macros, and saras*.

As compared to tokens, these markers are not framed by braces, and they begin with an ampersand (eg: &n ).

If you wish to include an ampersand as plain text (not as a special characters token) then you should use its ASCII value, namely &038.

Some of the special characters are common to both QuarkXPress and InDesign, and some are specific to QuarkXPress only.

Note that some special characters require the internal use of xpress tags meaning that they cannot be used in saras.

The following table lists the available Special Character Markers, when using QuarkXPress to generate a diary or calendar.


Special Character

QuarkXPress Shortcut


(if applicable)

Hard Return




Soft Return

Shift and Enter







Right Indent Tab

Shift and Tab


(not available in saras)


Indent Here

CTRL and \ (backslash)



ASCII Characters

ALT and 0xxx

where xxx corresponds to the ascii code of the character you want to display



Discretionary Hyphen

CTRL and - (hyphen)



Nonbreaking Hyphen

CTRL and = (equal sign)



(not available in saras)

Discretionary Return

CTRL and Enter



Nonbreaking Space

CTRL and 5



(not available in saras)

Next Column

Enter   (keypad)



Next Linked Box

Shift and Enter   (keypad)



En Space

CTRL and Shift and 6



(not available in saras)

Punctuation Space

Shift and Space



(not available in saras)

Flex Space (Quarter em)

CTRL and Shift and 5



Nonbreaking Flex Space

CTRL and Shift and Alt and 5



(not available in saras)

Figure/digit Space




Markers in the Q++Studio User Interface


Most of the special character markers, displayed above cannot be previewed in the editor used to display holidays names, one-time-dates names, slogans text , GenTokens repeated text, or MonthHeader text, and therefore they are converted during diary generation by InDesign and/or QuarkXPress, and always appear as tokens in the Q++Studio user interface.


See also: InDesign special character markers.


Topic 107048, last updated on 17-Apr-2024