How to Quote Text From an Original Email When Replying in Yahoo! Mail

Quoting text from original email messages prevents confusion and is easy to do

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When replying to emails in Yahoo! Mail, a copy of the original email message will automatically be included in your email, saving you from having to retype or copy-and-paste text from the original message. This is the default behavior for all current versions of Yahoo! Mail, and you do not need to change any options for this feature. In fact, there is no setting for disabling quoted text.

It's useful to be able to quote the previous email message whole or in part in your responses, because it keeps message text in context for both you and recipients, saving everyone from confusion and misunderstandings, as well as the extra work of having to go back to previously sent emails to recall what had been sent previously.

Quoting Message Text in Yahoo! Mail

When you reply to an email in Yahoo! Mail, the original message will be appended at the bottom of your reply. Initially, you won't see the original message text as you compose your response because it is conveniently hidden to cut down on text clutter.

You can reveal the original message text by scrolling down and clicking Show original message at the bottom of your email message.

Quoting Only Portions of Original Messages

You don't have to include the full quoted text from the original message in your response—or any of the quoted text for that matter. When replying to an email, you can edit the quoted message text and cut it down to just portions you want to be quoted in your response, or delete it entirely. 

To do this, first, unhide the quoted text by scrolling down to the bottom of your response and clicking Show original message. Then highlight and delete the portions of text you don't want to be included in the quote.

How Quoted Text Appears in Emails

Quoted text from original messages will be indented slightly from the left margin and set off with a vertical line to make it clear that the text is from the original message.

Further replies in the same email conversation will continue to include quoted text from the prior messages.

Each of these will be further indented and set off by vertical lines, creating a "nested" look for those messages so they can be placed in context to one another.