Reply attribution

If you have quoted replies enabled, then the attribution line will appear above the quoted reply.

It normally looks something like this:

On Thu, 10 Sep 2019 3:15, Joe Bloggs wrote:

To customize the attribution line, go to the Settings → Preferences screen and click Show Advanced Preferences. In the "Writing" section, scroll to "Reply Attribution" and enter your desired text. You can use literal text, or you can use a pattern.

If you would like to use a pattern in your reply attribution, you can use the control characters below.

Sender details

  • %+f — the sender's name and email address.
  • %+n — the sender's name (or email address, if no name is included).
  • %+a — the sender's email address.

Message time

  • %d — the day of the month when the message was sent in mm-dd format (01-31).
  • %e — the day of the month when the message was sent in dd-mm format (31-01).
  • %m — the month when the message was sent in mm-yy format (01-12).
  • %Y — the year when the message was sent (4 digits).
  • %y — the year when the message was sent (last 2 digits).
  • %H — the hour when the message was sent (00-23).
  • %I — the hour when the message was sent (01-12).
  • %k — the hour when the message was sent (00-23).
  • %l — the hour when the message was sent (1-12).
  • %p — "AM" or "PM" when the message was sent. This will be localized to your language where possible.
  • %M — the minutes when the message was sent (00-59).
  • %S — the seconds when the message was sent (00-59).
  • %A — the weekday when the message was sent (Monday-Sunday).
  • %a — the abbreviated weekday when the message was sent (Mon-Sun).
  • %B — the month when the message was sent (January-December).
  • %b — the abbreviated month when the message was sent (Jan-Dec).
  • %z — the time zone offset for when the message was sent.

Some formats like %e, %k, %l are always 2 characters wide, and include a leading space. This is designed to make it simpler to format strings. If you would like to remove this space, place a - between the % and the letter, for example: %-e, %-k, %-l.

  • %e on the 6th day of the month produces 6
  • %-e on the 6th day of the month produces 6.

Other control characters

  • %n — a new line.
  • %% — the percent sign.
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