Some Outlook 2013 commands are not available when you use Quick Reply

Applies to: Outlook 2013


When you use the Quick Reply feature to reply to or forward an email message in Microsoft Outlook 2013, you cannot change the message format. Outlook message formats include HTML, Plain Text, and Rich Text (RTF). Additionally, you cannot insert a picture or object inline. Some Proofing and Language options are also unavailable.


By design, the Quick Reply feature only provides a basic subset of commands.


When you use Quick Reply, you can perform some actions by using other methods.

Insert a picture or object inline

To insert a picture inline, open the picture in a graphics application, such as Microsoft Paint. Copy the image and then paste it into the body of the reply or forward message.

To insert an object, such a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, open the spreadsheet in Excel. Copy the desired cell range and paste it into the body of the Quick Reply message.

Spelling Checker

To perform a spelling check, click in the body of the Quick Reply message and press F7.

Message Options

To access additional message options, in the Tags group, click the Properties Dialog Box Launcher Dialog Box Launcher button on the ribbon . This dialog lets you to change Voting and Tracking Options, Delivery Options, and more.

More Information

The Quick Reply feature only provides a basic subset of commands. To access all available message commands, use one of the following steps:
  • Double-click the email message to open it in a new window.
  • Click POP OUT in the Quick Reply pane.
To disable the Quick Reply feature, follow these steps:

  1. On the File tab, click Options.
  2. Click Mail.
  3. Under the Replies and forwards section, check the box to Open replies and forwards in a new window

    Note Enabling this option sets the following registry value

    Key: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Message
    DWORD: DisableReadingPaneCompose
    Value: 1
  4. Click OK.