Option to disable “quote only selected text on reply” feature
If some mail text is selected, only that text is set in quote part on reply. This behavior is not very convenient for me as a longtime user of Outlook for Windows desktop.
I want an option to disable it and let Outlook behave like Windows client.
Hi all, as of release 16.21 it is possible to disable “quote only selected text on reply” in Mac Outlook. Go to Outlook/Preferences/Composing and uncheck the
“Only reply to selected text” box.
Thanks for your support!
Outlook for Mac Team
If you're still stuck with an older version of Outlook which doesn't update, go to this link https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdates/update-history-office-for-mac and download the update manually.
Greg Falzon commented
THANK YOU! 'this feature was so annoying.
Meng Yin commented
This Quote Selected Text feature is one of the dumbest ever from Microsoft! I've been using Outlook for over 20 years and I can't remember once where I needed to use this feature, AS OPPOSED TO quoting the entire original message!!! This is pure stupidity, on the same level as a Roku remote not having a MUTE button. I mean, think about it, the end result is that you have just "tampered" with the original email from someone else by truncating it in your reply. And the worst part is that Microsoft didn't give us an option to turn this off?!
I'm at 16.16.9, joined Fast Build and still cannot get to 16.21. The post above was dated Feb. 7, suggesting it was available almost two months ago. What gives?
What a headache. I just spend a few hours trying to fix this issue for one of our clients. I guess she was highlighting text by mistake and that was truncating the message on every reply.
Also stuck on 16.16.8 (190312). Is there a way to force the update?
16.16.8 (190312) is the version I am on. Office update reports this as the most current version. So, not sure how I can get to 16.21 to fix the issue?
What an agile company! Just wow! Amazing job guys.
Michael Berry commented
only took 2 years to get this fixed! great job MS!!
AWESOME!! I just switched to Mac Outlook for this feature (and adding support for Gmail)
You make my day!!!
Preferences > Composing > "Format and Account": Only reply to selected text
Looks like it's implemented in 16.20. Check Outlook Preferences > Composing > bottom option.
This has to be the stupidest feature I have seen out of outlook. PLEASE CORRECT THIS HORRIBLE MISTAKE!!! How is it possible that companies are using outlook instead of GMail...SO DUMB
Arben Morina commented
I HATE MAC BECAUSE OF THIS. THAT'S HOW STRONGLY I FEEL ABOUT IT. HOPE THE CAPS GET ACROSS MY POINT
It has been finally implemented, I got it on the Insider Fast build last week.
IT WORKS !!! See below.
Version: 16.20 (181118)
New or improved features:
Mail: added new Composing preference for "Only reply to selected text"
Come on MS, fix this, it's in the top 20 ideas, and in my opinion one of the top frustrations of the product.
Rob Ireton commented
This behavior has only ever gotten in my way.
Has this ever been implemented? This is the dumbest feature ever as I always highlight things to copy and paste in a browser or elsewhere then I hit Reply and ALWAYS have to go back and unhighlight the text. This is the DUMBEST FEATURE EVER and NEEDS to have a BUTTON TO TURN IT OFF NOW!
Microsoft please advise ASAP on when this will be implemented in OUTLOOK FOR MAC.
Markus Reiff commented
Please REMOVE this feature or make it OPTIONAL (with the default value “deactivated”)!
In almost every case you want to get forwarded or replied e-mails with the complete history. It does not make sense that the history of an e-mail gets lost by accident. But this happens as you can see in this discussion.
If you want to work with such a feature you should really switch this feature on consciously!