In Mail app 7.0 on OSX 10.9, If I highlight a piece of text and then choose MessageForward it creates a new email with the relevant text as a quote. How do I replicate this behaviour with MessageReply?

I believe this functionality was present in an earlier version of Mail.

Edit: unchecking PreferencesComposingQuote the text of the original message causes this behaviour. With it checked (the default setting), any highlighted text becomes the quote. However with no highlighted text the entire message I am replying to is quoted, behaviour I don't want so this is frustrating.

  • This still seems to work for me?
    – Asmus
    Oct 29, 2013 at 11:34
  • Ah thx, I've now seen that an option affects behaviour, edited the Q with more info
    – MachineElf
    Oct 29, 2013 at 11:40
  • I'll leave this open but I doubt this is easily fixable.
    – MachineElf
    Oct 29, 2013 at 11:45
  • Probably can't be natively fixed, no. Only option I can think of would be using an AppleScript and the extension Mail Act-On. At least selecting some whitespace before hitting reply should make the following quote-deletion easier ;-)
    – Asmus
    Oct 29, 2013 at 11:51
  • Ha, cool suggestion! :-)
    – MachineElf
    Oct 29, 2013 at 12:49

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I was googling for the same problem and bumped into here. For people who don't know how to mark a piece of text as a quote in OSX Mail 10.1 I accidently found the way to do it.

You should:

  1. Highlight the text you want to mark as a quote
  2. Hit Command + '

The whole line will be converted into a quote.

Quoting in Mail App 10.1

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