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When replying email in rich text format, Gmail behaves like Outlook and encourages me to write the reply at the top. The problem is I want to write my reply between the paragraphs of the previous email text.

If I choose plain text, Gmail adds ">" on the left of each line, which is good, but the quoted text is kept as a single very long line of text. Gmail doesn't break the line into several lines after 70/80 characters.

Is there an option or plugin or tool to customize how Gmail quote previous email?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Answering my own question, it turned out the problem was during switching from rich formatting to plain text:

  • if previously I used plain text, Gmail will break long lines properly
  • if previously I used rich formatting, Gmail will quote Outlook style, and when I press 'plain text', Gmail will reformat the reply to plain text, but long lines are not broken

So the solution if previously I chose rich formatting is:

  • reply
  • click 'plain text'
  • discard
  • reply again
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I'm glad you found a solution. When the timer expires, be sure to mark this as "accepted" so future querents will know this is a solvable problem. – Al E. Apr 29 '11 at 16:25

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