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Unfortunately for me, I'm using MS Outlook (stuck with Windows and Exchange and weird authentication mechanisms). I want to reply to a certain email with my reply not appearing entirely above or below the original message, but interspersed - you know, the reasonable, traditional way you can write replies on any normal mail client, i.e. something like:

On Apr 1st 2020, 12:34, Some One <some@one.com> wrote:
> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 
> Nulla nec porttitor ex. Mauris magna odio, sollicitudin 

Part of the reply here.

> at arcu quis, aliquam accumsan odio. Fusce sed turpis
> ante. Morbi ultrices, mi sit amet pellentesque semper,
> nibh nibh pellentesque ligula, ac ultricies mi dui eget
> erat. Cras ut porta ipsum, sit amet pharetra ante. 
> Curabitur imperdiet bibendum ultrices. Cras nec 
> accumsan turpis, sit amet laoreet sapien. Nulla sit 

And another part here.

> amet dui neque. Maecenas hendrerit mi ut ante pulvinar,
> sit amet convallis quam tincidunt. 
> Suspendisse accumsan felis in eleifend tincidunt. 

How can I force Outlook to allow this?

  • As far as I know, when you click Reply in a message, you can direct edit its body. This may be a workaround. Besdies, here is a function I want to introduce to you:support.office.com/en-us/article/… – Aidan Apr 20 at 7:49
  • @Aidan: I don't want to edit its body. I want it to appear quoted, and for me to be able to intersperse that blockquote with non-quoted lines. – einpoklum Apr 20 at 17:55
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See this: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/reply-with-inline-comments-within-the-original-message-text-5bc44105-aeb2-49e2-8239-5aeeff52e5a7

Click the File > Options.

In the left pane, click Mail.

In the right pane, under Replies and forwards, check the Preface comments with box, and type the text you want to use to identify your comments

In the "Text" you want to identify your comments, you can either use your initials or full name.

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  • So, this is better than nothing. However, I doubt this will "scale", i.e. it already looks messy, and when the other party replies with their own inline comments, it'll be difficult to make heads or tails of the message. But that's not your fault of course. – einpoklum Apr 19 at 15:16

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