Gmail recently released a new UI for compose. How do you manually quote a paragraph? The block-quote button seems to have disappeared from the formatting toolbar in the rich text compose editor.

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The quote button is inside the More formatting options menu on the formatting toolbar. When you click the arrow, a submenu pops up with a few more options, depending on the width of your window.

Screenshot of compose with quote button

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    "No offense Google, but why did you hide that Quote function to align on that new compose UI?! There are enough place in that line..." - I sent them that suggestion, you may do so here: support.google.com/mail/bin/…
    – antivirtel
    Commented Jan 24, 2013 at 12:47
  • not available if you compose emails in plain text mode. Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 10:03
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    Wow, I would have never found it.
    – B Seven
    Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 21:26
  • Just keep using the old compose: webapps.stackexchange.com/a/50178/18147 Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 2:56
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    @PatrickSanan, I updated the screenshot. Commented Oct 4, 2019 at 22:57

To quote, you can also select the text and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+9 on Windows and Cmd+Shift+9 on OS X.

This shortcut works only in rich text mode.

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    This is not available if you compose emails in 'plain text' (which is actually recommended... quite frustrating) Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 10:03

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