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Apple mail vertical blue line to left of forwarded email?

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BudtheSpud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 7, 2012 5:41 PM

Have an iMac Mountain Lion 10.8.2 using Apple mail. When I forward email I get a blue vertical line to the left of the forwarded mail or if I reply to an email & leave the received email in the replys string, I get a blue vertical line the length of the received mail. In subsequent strings the number of lines increases by one for each in the back of the string. I have tried cutting & pasting but can't get rid of the blue vertical line. With a message that has a number of vertical lines on the left side, I can't delete any of them to simply forward the email clean. How can I rid myself of those annoying vertical lines on the left of the message blocks! It did it on Lion & still does. see example below:

Begin forwarded message:


Subject: Re: A Biblical Explanation

Date: 7 December, 2012 5:21:11 PM AST

To: J


Quoting J
What verticle line???



See the vertical line below - how can you get rid of them?
Never had it on my PC - must be an Apple thingy!


On 2012-12-07, at 2:15 PM,  wrote:


Quoting :
Glad to hear you are happy with your Apple blah blah . I am still a !!!lol
Rebooting does fix everything imo on the Macs.




iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), no other Mac products
  • surogat70 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    You can change some of the behavior of Apple Mail in perferences, this should be the first place to search for trying things out. In your case the solution for your problem would have been Mail -> Preferences -> Composing -> Increase quote level. You can activate/deactivate this check box.

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)

    Select the quoted text and choose Format > Quote Level > Decrease.

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)

    Glad I could help.

  • mike sanders3 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    This problem has been troubling me for some time as there are occasions when I want to send emails without the recipient necessarily needing to know they have been forwarded so today I applied myself to the answer. I headed for the Apple forums and was surprised that for the first time I did not find a satisfactory solution in fact it seemed that some of the contributors did not seem to fully understand the problem.

    Long story rhythumshart I found a solution I am not saying it is the solution but it is not too much effort and it does WORK.

    Simply move the cursor to the beginniong of the first line wherre the black line/s begin and hit cmd [ (left square bracket) this removes the line use the down arrow to quickly move to next line once you get the rythum it works like a charm. All it does is decrease indentation which can also be done from the format menu albeit more slowly.

    Hope this helps.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

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  • Skillerspeed Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)



    If you are doing this on an iPhone:


    For forwarding or replying to an email without the Blue Vertical line to the left of the text...


    - Open the email

    - Select Forward or reply (this will open a new window)

    - Select All of the text in the new email.

    - In the pop-up bar that says "cut, copy, paste" select the right arrow for more options.

    - Select Quote Level

    - Select Decrease



  • cooperton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A much easier solution:


    1. Select the message
    2. On the top menu, select Message -> Redirect
    3. Send!
  • Paullythesolver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi peeps,


    I found if you do these two things the blue lines disappear completely:


    Mail-->Preferences-->Fonts & Colours-->'untick' the Color quoted text box

    Mail-->Preferences-->Composing-> 'untick' increase the quote level box


    Happy Emailing.

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