A friend asked how she could reply to just part of a message in Gmail’s web interface, without all kinds of messy cutting and pasting.
I answered that it’s easy, if you enable the right Labs module and use the correct Reply link. Here’s how.
- 1] Visit Gmail Settings
- Go to your Gmail Settings. The Settings link is near the top right of a Gmail window. I’ve outlined it in my screenshot with a red box.
- 2] Click on Labs
- In the Settings area click on the Labs link. The Labs area appears.
- 3] Enable Quote selected text
- Enable the Quote selected text module in the Labs area.
- 4] Enable other modules
- Enable any other modules you might like to use. I find the Forgotten Attachment Detector very handy. Each module displays some text that explains what it does.
- 5] Click Save Changes
- Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the Labs area.
- 6] The green test tube appears
- The green test tube icon indicating Labs appears beside the Settings link when any modules have been enabled.
- 7] Select text inside a message
- Select text inside a message that you want to quote in your reply.
- 8] Use the bottom Reply link
- Each message has a Reply link near the top and also one at the bottom of the message. Use the bottom Reply link and any text you’ve selected in the message will be quoted. If you use the top Reply link then selective quoting might not work.
- 9] My Reply quotes the selected text
- My Reply quotes only text I had selected in the original message. Now I can add what I want to say before I Send.