bottom posting with Gmail

Colin Law clanlaw at
Mon Apr 8 08:53:09 UTC 2013

On 8 April 2013 07:47, Gary Kirkpatrick <garyartista at> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 2:33 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
>> On 30 March 2013 06:11, Gary Kirkpatrick <garyartista at> wrote:
>> > Gmail's new compose feature does not give us a way to bottom post.  Has
>> > anyone found a solution?
>> Sure, it's easy.
>> If you are a keyboard jockey, as I am, do this:
>> When you hit Reply & get the new compose-in-a-subwindow inside the
>> Gmail window, press Ctrl-A to select all.
>> This automagically "expands" the quoted text hidden behind the
>> graphical [...] at the bottom of the compose subwindow.
>> If you now try to go directly to the bottom, it gets confused, so
>> don't. Press Ctrl-Home to go to the top of the edit area.
>> Now, press Del 2 or 3 times to get rid of the leading blank lines it
>> automatically inserts.
>> Then, skip to the end with Ctrl-End, or hold down Shift and use the
>> cursor keys to move down. This allows you to select text to delete in
>> order to trim your reply.
>> PgDn & PgUp work too but the app is very poor at updating the screen
>> to show the selection. Usually, even if it does not show it, it is
>> actually doing it and you can hit Del at the end to remove the
>> selected text. If it gets it wrong, you can try Ctrl-Z to undo, but
>> mostly, it's simpler to click the bin/trashcan button at the bottom
>> and start over.
>> Then once you've trimmed your quoted text, move to the bottom, delete
>> the previous poster's sig if applicable, and then type your reply.
>> NB: if you delete a block of text, it will often move the cursor to
>> after your sig. This is a bug. I've reported it but it's been ignored
>> for months. Please, more people report it and it might get fixed!
>> Saying that, I'm not confident. Gmail is continually degrading with
>> recent releases.
>> It's significantly clunkier than it was before, but it does work.
> I do not own a home key.  So I am homeless.  I am less of a fan of gmail
> than I was.  They keep 'improving' it.  Your solution seems way too
> complicated.  This should not be so difficult- maybe they need a bottom post
> option.

All you have to do is click on the three little dots at the bottom
left of the compose window, which will show the previous post, then
you can move past it.

I wish they had an option to expand this by default rather than hiding
it, but I don't think there is one.


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