How to Format Gmail Quoted Replies

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6 Responses

  1. A.J. says:

    What I’d really like to know is how to completely disable the standard Gmail reply with tiered emails, goofy purple font and a weird one-line header.

    I use Outlook + Gmail for Business for work and it really breaks the professional tone when the format changes this drastically between responses. Honestly, this format is unprofessional to begin with.

    The aggravating thing:
    I can duplicate just that by hitting Forward and changing to Reply. It should NOT be a difficult fix to code.

  2. John Phillips says:

    Go to Gmail Setting > Labs and enable “Quote Selected Text”. Save and then refresh Gmail’s window.

    Unfortunately, Google, in their lack of wisdom, have retired Quote Select Text.

  3. Mark says:

    Quote Selected Text is still in labs but no longer works. Gmail for some reason wants to force us to repeat the same text over and over and over and over with >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They must have invested in the > We group emails. We do not need to repeat more than an occasional quote. Gmail… dumb in this case.

  4. JD says:


    Annoyingly, GMail inserts two (2) blank lines between my signature
    and a quoted Sender’s email. I am constantly deleting them to make
    reading easier and save space.

    EXAMPLE . . .

    Dear XXX,

    My reply, my reply, my reply.

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE- This email and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and may contain confidential and or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from your computer. Please note that any view or opinions presented in this e-mail are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of any individual, entity or Corporation and/or affiliates. Finally, the recipient should check this e-mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The individual, entity and/or Corporation accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
    © Copyright JD 2021. All rights reserved.
    (blank line #1)
    (blank line #2)
    On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 11:20 PM XXX wrote:

    Dear JD,

    Thank you for your message.


    Of course “(blank line #1) & (blank line #2)” are not from GMail.
    GMail merely inserts the 2 blank lines; I named them to make
    my point :-)

    Is there a way to prevent GMail from inserting these 2 blank
    lines between my reply and the Sender’s email?


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