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. Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 7:56
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    the best you can do is indent the text and apply a background color :(
    – endolith
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 21:52
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    Best to limit yourself to one question per Question post.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 14:54
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    @EvanPlaice: Also getsatisfaction.com/google/topics/…
    – endolith
    Commented Dec 2, 2014 at 20:31
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    @EvanPlaice @ endolith "Sorry, the community that you’re looking for has been retired and is no longer available. If you need help, please contact the company you're looking for directly."
    – Michael
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 16:59

3 Answers 3


Add a Table and color its background and border how you like.

Below I show a 3-step setup of tables to make it look like an email chain reply.

Make a Table/s

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Modify its looks

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  • nice - I find that having a blank 'template' table to copy/paste at the end of my document works best, as I can't seem to apply custom styles to a table, or use the paint styles tool
    – ptim
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 1:58

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.

  • I think tables are easiest. Easier to insert and style. Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 1:56

[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.

  • 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. Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 7:57
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    This no longer works since they killed the old format completely and force-upgraded to the new one.
    – endolith
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 21:50
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    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. Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 21:10

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