When replying to an email in Gmail, how do I write my reply within the text of the sender's email?

I can do this with other email programs, but how do I do it in Gmail?

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Click the ellipsis at the bottom of the response textarea: Gmail response window ellipsis

This will show the text you are replying to, and allow you to reply within that text.

  • @VidarS.Ramal What do you mean by "allow you to reply within that text", I'm still stuck Mar 9, 2015 at 20:49
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    @hello_there_andy What happens when you click the ellipsis? In my case, it shows the entire message that I'm replying to. When I click within that message, a blinking cursor appears, and when I type text, the text is inserted within that message. Mar 10, 2015 at 9:34
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    facepalm I was clicking on the ellipsis on the other user's email, and not in my response area Mar 10, 2015 at 12:57

You can also highlight (drag the mouse cursor) over a block of text in the original email message and then click "Reply".

If you do that, you will get a quoted reply

> Original text line 1 > Original text line 2 My reply

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    not any more, they removed that very useful feature. :(
    – CAD bloke
    Dec 4, 2017 at 7:43

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