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

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By clicking on the decrease indent icon.

  1. Mark the text which you want to unindent, or press Ctrl+A to select all

  2. Click on the "Indent less" button, or press Ctrl+[

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  1. Here is the result:

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    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, 2015 at 21:52
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    This doesn't work if the content being unquoted includes a list, indented block, sub-quote, etc.
    – twhb
    Jun 18, 2018 at 23:11
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    Great answer! Thx, @Frank Dernoncourt! Mar 7, 2021 at 8:19

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


PC: Crtl+Shift+9
Mac: +Shift+9

Indent Less: (ALSO UNQUOTES!)

PC: Crtl+[
Mac: +[

Indent More:

PC: Crtl+]
Mac: +]

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

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    Thx for your answer, @Dagelf! Mar 7, 2021 at 8:20

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, 2017 at 17:15

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