There is a "quote" formatting option within Gmail, but no "unquote" to undo the deeper quote level. How do I unquote text?


By clicking on the decrease indent icon.

  • Unfortunately this didn't work very well for me. I had a series of numbered lists with a line of text, line break (shift+enter), image, and another line break (shift+enter, for visual separation) under each number/bullet. When I clicked the decrease indent icon it wiped out all the text in the numbered lists so I just had multiple series of images without any explanatory text above each one. – rob Jan 27 '15 at 21:52
  • This doesn't work if the content being unquoted includes a list, indented block, sub-quote, etc. – tristan Jun 18 '18 at 23:11

Click on the A-underscore icon for the formatting buttons. The Google Support page lists the following:

Crtl + Shift + 9
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + 9

Indent Less: (ALSO UNQUOTES!)
Crtl + [
Mac: ⌘ + [

Indent More:
Crtl + ]
Mac: ⌘ + ]

The shortcut keys also show when you hover over the icons.


If you use Chrome you can use the UnQuote for Gmail extension.

  • That extension is for removing the rest of the thread when replying to an email, not what was asked – Wolf Jun 30 '17 at 17:15

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