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Rich Text Editing: How to "UN-indent", and how do I split up quotes?

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Two versions of basically the same question.

 

I find it weird that there isn't an un-indent button when I'm in rich-text mode.

 

Am I missing something?  That would be the ideal way to break a quote up.  In normal editing, I'd just edit the BBcode, but I seem a bit stuck here.  To break a quote up, I was expecting to go into the break spot, and click un-indent.

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I've worked with RTE quite a bit and found *one* way to break a long Quote for specific answers to each section of the Quote:

 

Separating a Quote for Individual Responses in Rich Text Editor (RTE)

(Revised 9/20/13 to cover other op systems.)

 

RTE isn't as easy as BBCode to separate a long or complicated Quote so you can respond to individual comments. However, I did find *one* fairly easy way to do that:

  1. Right-click or highlight some text in a Quote block and select "Remove div." This unformats that entire Quote block so it becomes normal text.
  2. Highlight one or more entire paragraphs you want to respond to and click the Quote icon ("), which reapplies all Quote formatting to that highlighted text. It also gives you space below to respond normally. I recommend including the top line "Originally posted by xxx" in the 1st quoted section so people know who you're quoting and can use the link in that line to easily find the original quoted post (for various reasons)!
  3. Add your comments below each section individually and clean up any leftover text or spacing boo-boos.

 

For numbered or bulleted LISTS, it works best if you highlight entire list with intro para. That keeps list numbering intact. Highlighting individual LIST items becomes problematic since it can change them to plain text or numbers to bullets, etc., which might not be OK for quote purposes... and could be difficult to recover from. In that case, Ctrl/Cmd+Z (Undo) and Ctrl/Cmd+Y (Redo) are your friends!In that case, Ctrl/Cmd+Z (Undo) and Ctrl/Cmd+Y (Redo) are your friends!


Edited by wajo - 9/20/13 at 9:35am
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post
 

I've worked with RTE quite a bit and found *one* way to break a long Quote for specific answers to each section of the Quote:

 

Separating a Quote for Individual Responses in Rich Text Editor (RTE)

 

RTE isn't as easy as BBCode to separate a long or complicated Quote so you can respond to individual comments. However, I did find *one* fairly easy way to do that:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the body of a Quote block and select "Remove div." That unformats the entire block so it becomes normal text.
  2. Highlight each Quote section* you want to respond to, one at a time, and click the Quote icon ("), which reapplies all Quote formatting to that highlighted text. It also gives you space below to respond normally.
  3. Add your comments below each section individually and clean up any leftover text or spacing boo-boos.
     

*You might want to leave the Quote line at top with the 1st Quote section to identify the Quoted person, with the link to his/her original post.

 

For numbered/bulleted LISTS, works best if you highlight entire list with intro para. (keeps list numbering intact). Highlighting individual LIST items may change them to plain text or numbers to bullets, etc.

 

I wanted to say thanks (!) and update this by pointing out that this does indeed work, and work well.  The only caveat I discovered is that you have to actually select something (even a single character) in order to get the "remove div" option to show up.  On my system at least (FF/Win XP).

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Originally Posted by tgm1024 View Post
 

I wanted to say thanks (!) and update this by pointing out that this does indeed work, and work well.  The only caveat I discovered is that you have to actually select something (even a single character) in order to get the "remove div" option to show up.  On my system at least (FF/Win XP).

 

Thanks for the info on your op system. I'll change my Post #2 above and my Article on Editing to cover other op systems (I use FF23.0.1 and WIN8).


Edited by wajo - 9/20/13 at 10:01am
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