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


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) Jun 7, 2013 at 10:03

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