When replying inline, show message contextual menus for format, insert, options, etc.
I've noticed when replying to an email inline I cannot easily change the formatting of the message, for example to change the font, add a bulleted list, or modify the paragraph settings. I also cannot easily insert something or set message options. I would love to see the contextual message options without having to popout the message.
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There is a widely accepted convention on internet mailing lists to prefix the text of a message you are replying to with >
This makes it easy to reply to reply to previous messages "inline", which is essential for replying to multiple points and conducting protracted conversations.
Outlook can be configured to preface each line in a plain-text message with >, which is helpful for many mailing lists, but completely useless if you need to use html format messages.
It is not possible to configure Outlook to do this for html messages.
Outlook can be configured to prefix each line with a vertical blue line, but this is not compatible with an in-line reply:
- if you try to insert your comments on a new line, there is no way to remove the vertical line from your reply.
- if you try to copy and paste from the section with the vertical blue line, the blue line is lost.
Conclusion: Outlook is pretty much useless for replying to multiple points and conducting protracted conversations. People try to work around this by using formatting, e.g. replying in red. But anyone who has been around a while will have seen plenty of longer email threads that have got out of hand, because people ran out of sane formatting combinations.
Please either fix the "vertical blue line" format so that it can be used with an-line reply, or add the ability to prefix > in html format. Or both.