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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 in where you would put text, such as in holidays names, slogans text, saras, holidays options, ...


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.


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



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)



Discretionary Return

CTRL and  Enter



Nonbreaking Space

CTRL and  5



Next Column

Enter   (keypad)



Next Linked Box

Shift and  Enter   (keypad)



En Space

CTRL and  Shift and  6



Punctuation Space

Shift and  Space



Flex Space (Quarter em)

CTRL and  Shift and  5



Nonbreaking Flex Space

CTRL and  Shift and  Alt and  5



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, slogans text or MonthHeader text, and therefore they are converted 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 05-May-2021