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Block Quote:

In the old version of GoogleDocs there was an option to block quote paragraph, which would create a nice dotted box for the paragraph and make it like a section in a very big doc.

Did anyone find a way to get that functionality with the newer docs, is there any plugin, css for it ?

This link says that there is a way to revert back to old version of docs by Settings (upper right) / Documents / Editing / un-check the box for starting with new formats. I couldnt find that. The link is a year old


In Lotus Notes there was this nice option of folding. You get a small triangle that you can use for folding section of texts. Is it possible to do that in Google Docs and even Outlook for that sake ?

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To workaround all the browser inconsistencies, Google switched over to a SVG rendering model for Docs instead of using HTML. That's why the new version of docs doesn't support raw HTML/CSS editing. I have already raised the issue (and received a response) with Google on GetSatisfaction.com here getsatisfaction.com/google/topics/…. I'm hoping, with enough support we can get them to bring the old format back under a different name. – Evan Plaice Feb 16 '12 at 7:56
the best you can do is indent the text and apply a background color :( – endolith Oct 17 '12 at 21:52
Best to limit yourself to one question per Question post. – Al E. Dec 6 '13 at 14:54
I asked the second question that was ignored in another post. – Gabriel Fair Jul 6 '14 at 17:48
@EvanPlaice: Also getsatisfaction.com/google/topics/… – endolith Dec 2 '14 at 20:31

The easiest way to format your quote for block quotes is to:

  1. Highlight the desired text;
  2. Adjust the margin ruler at the top of the page according to the desired spacing.

Once you are done, simply press enter to start a new line and the margins will be reverted back to the original spacing.

If you are familiar with Microsoft Word, then this should be pretty easy.

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[Doesnt work any more]

I was able to hack this a little:

You can open an old document [which you have still not migrated to the new version] , then go to File => make a copy. Now rename the document and you have a new doc in the old format :). Back to happy days of block quote !!.

This might not last longer though , if google changes something.

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Hopefully they'll bring the old format back. Until then, this is the only option. If you follow my link to GetSatisfaction.com they're aware that a lot of their users prefer the old format and from talking to the Google's rep, it doesn't sound like they're going to disable the old version any time soon. – Evan Plaice Feb 16 '12 at 7:57
This no longer works since they killed the old format completely and force-upgraded to the new one. – endolith Oct 17 '12 at 21:50
Yeah. I knew there was a time-bomb on this one. Unfortunately dont see an option to delete the answer. I have marked it as no longer working. – codeObserver Aug 11 '14 at 21:10

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