Add an animated graphic to your Outlook message

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003

Animated graphics are .gif files that use the Graphics Interchange Format. The steps to add an animated graphic depend on which e-mail editor you use. Microsoft Office Word 2003 is the default e-mail editor for Outlook 2003. The following procedures assume you are sending animations using HTML-formatted e-mail messages.

ShowUsing Word as your e-mail editor

The following procedures assume you are using Word as your e-mail editor.

  1. In an open message, click in the message body.
  2. Do one of the following:

ShowInsert animation from a file

  1. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click From File.
  2. Locate the file you want to add, click the file, and then click Insert.
  3. Address and send the e-mail message.

ShowInsert animation from Clip Art and Media on Microsoft Office Online

  1. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click Clip Art.
  2. In the Search for box of the Clip Art task pane, type animation, and then click Go.
  3. Click the down arrow of the graphic you want, and then click Insert.
  4. Address and send the e-mail message.

 Note   The graphic looks static to the sender, but it is animated when the recipient opens the message or views it in the Reading Pane.

ShowNot using Word as your e-mail editor

  1. In an open message, click in the message body.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and click Browse to locate the file you want.
  3. Click the file, and then click Open.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Address and send the e-mail message.

 Note   Some pop-up ad blocking programs also block animated graphics. If the recipient is running a pop-up ad blocker, the graphic might look static.

 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2003