How can I quote all text in a GMail reply, not just selected text?

  • Just don't select any text when replying. Or are you asking something else? It's not clear from your question. Can you add some more details?
    – ale
    Nov 26, 2012 at 13:46
  • Yes, I'd like to have GMail quote all text even when I have text selected - otherwise I have to remember to unselect it. Other mail clients provide this option, and I could have sworn I found how to enable it in Gmail a while ago.
    – tog22
    Nov 26, 2012 at 15:17
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    Ah. The answer then is "you can't". Either unselect the text or select all the text.
    – ale
    Nov 26, 2012 at 15:34
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    You might be remembering the feature when it was still in labs. Nov 26, 2012 at 18:53

2 Answers 2


Just to provide some background: Right now, it doesn't seem like you can turn this feature off.

There used to be a labs feature to turn "quote selected text" on. Very recently (mid-November '12) they turned it on by default, without providing a way to disable. I haven't been able to find any official mention of it, only comments from others who have noticed the change and miss the old way.

  • I sympathise :)
    – tog22
    Dec 7, 2012 at 20:13

Apparently you can't (thanks Al Everett in comments above.)

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