How to Insert Animation Into Outlook 2007

By Bill Mann

Adding a little animation to an email message is an easy way to make it stand out in the eyes of the recipient. Outlook 2007 allows you to add animation to messages by inserting animated GIF files into the message body. An animated GIF file is a type of graphic file that contains multiple images. The images in an animated GIF appear one after another, giving the illusion of motion.

Things You'll Need

  • Animated GIF

Step 1

Open the Outlook email message you wish to insert the animation into. This can be either a new message you are creating or an existing message you are replying to or forwarding.

Step 2

Position the cursor at the spot in the message body where you want to insert the animated image.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab on the Ribbon. The Ribbon appears at the top of the open message window and replaces the menus and toolbars found in earlier versions of Outlook. The Ribbon has tabs and icons that vary depending on what you are doing at the moment.

Step 4

Click the "Picture" icon in the Illustrations group on the Ribbon to open the Insert Picture dialog box.

Step 5

Navigate to the location containing the animated GIF you want to insert. Select the GIF file and click the "Insert" button. This inserts the image into the message at the cursor's location.

Step 6

Complete the message and send it normally.

Tips & Warnings

  • The animation you add appears static when you are composing the message. However, the person who receives the message will see the animation.
  • Animated GIF files suitable for inserting into Outlook 2007 messages are available for free from many online sources.
  • You can insert animated images from the Microsoft Word Clip Art gallery if your computer has Word 2007 installed. To do so, click the "Clip Art" icon instead of the "Picture" icon in the Illustrations group on the Ribbon.
  • Some pop-up blocker programs can prevent animations from working normally. In these cases, the GIF will appear as a static image rather than an animation when the message recipient views it.
  • You cannot edit or add animation to a message that you are viewing in the Reading Pane. You must open the message in its own window to add an animation.