Saturday, April 06, 2013

How to blockquote in the new new new Gmail [UPDATED]

(Updated below)

I don't see a (mouse-clickable) toolbar option to blockquote a section of text in the new Compose And Reply Experience, but you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-9. And who wouldn't remember that?

Also, you can increase indent with Ctrl-] (control key + right bracket) and decrease it with Ctrl-[ (control key + left bracket).

Full list of keyboard shortcuts available by hitting ? when in Gmail (obvs, you'll have to click outside the area you're typing in, if you're in the middle of composing a message), and also here.


[Update 2013-04-07 02:04] My bad. It actually is possible to blockquote and indent text using the mouse:

I.e., click on the A button. In the pop-up toolbar, click the button second from the right and then choose from the next pop-up toolbar.


Substance McGravitas said...

You just use another client...

Brendan Keefe said...

Sure. But long ago, I decided life was easier when I could access my email (old and new) from different machines, AND when all of my archived mail would be stored in a location that wouldn't be at peril of a single disk failure.

Yes, I could learn about IMAP, and yes, there are now lots of free online backup services. But, you know, inertia. Easier to gripe about minor inconveniences in something you're already so familiar with you don't have to think to use it.