Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Quoting replies in mail.app Apps
If you'd like to reply to an email quoting just a subset of the original message, it's incredibly easy in Apple's mail.app. Open the email you wish to reply to, select the text you wish to quote, and hit the "Reply" button (or Command-R). Your selection now shows as the only quoted text in the reply.

I spend much of my time in Eudora trimming text I don't want to quote; mail.app makes it quick and easy! I love the subtle touches in well written applications!
    •    
  • Currently 2.57 / 5
  You rated: 5 / 5 (7 votes cast)
 
[4,279 views]  

Quoting replies in mail.app | 7 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Quoting replies in mail.app' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Email replies - and older apps
Authored by: ClassicUser on Apr 17, '01 09:56:43PM

robg indicated:

> select the text you wish to quote, and hit the "Reply" button (or Command-R). Your
> selection now shows as the only quoted text in the reply.
> [...]
> I love the subtle touches in well written applications!

I totally agree - therefore, long live Claris Emailer (which implemented this exact same behavior, as well as several others which I miss in "current" email apps)

If we could just get Apple to create the new, without totally throwing out the old, we'd be in very good shape...



[ Reply to This | # ]
Email replies - and older apps
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 18, '01 07:27:08AM

This behaviour was also present in CyberDog (Apples own www-browser at a time) which was quite slow but had a really cool mailer.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Email replies - and older apps
Authored by: morgo on Apr 19, '01 05:33:24AM

Outlook/Entourage do this too.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Email replies - and older apps
Authored by: tlr on Apr 27, '01 02:01:03PM

I agree. Also you can quote/unquote using the menus.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eudora
Authored by: j-beda on Apr 27, '01 01:58:26PM
I spend much of my time in Eudora trimming text I don't want to quote;
mail.app makes it quick and easy! I love the subtle touches in well written
applications!



Eudora (at least Eudora Pro 3.1) will quote only the selected text if you use command-shift-R, will reply to all the recipients with command-option-R and will reply to all the recipients quoting only the selected text with command-shift-option-R. Or some variation of the previous - my memory is faulty. I would be suprised if this functionality was not present in Eudora 5.1 carbon as well as classic.



[ Reply to This | # ]

Didn't work until...
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 27, '02 04:40:19PM
I couldn't get Mail.app to do this (and I loved it in OE and Entourage) UNTIL I opened up Mail's AETE and found I only had to run this script:

tell application "Mail"

set include all original message text to false
end tell


Setting this prop to false ensures only selected text is included in the reply. Setting it to true include the whole of the text.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Also works with Forward...
Authored by: robg on Aug 04, '04 10:13:01AM

Submitted as a new hint by Anonymous, but really belongs here, as it's quite closely related...

"I discovered by accident, that if you have a block of text selected in Mail and click the Forward button, only that selection is placed in the new email! The number of times I have needed that one!"

-rob.



[ Reply to This | # ]