How to Insert GIF Animations Into Outlook Email

Graphics Interchange Format files are a highly portable, and widely supported, file format. If you want to insert a Graphics Interchange Format to a friend or coworker using the Microsoft Outlook 2011 desktop client, or the webmail client, you're in luck. Just use the Insert File option that both Outlook clients give you.

Insert Animation Using Microsoft Outlook Desktop Client

Step

Open your desktop client, and compase a new message. To compose a new message to your desired recipient, select New from the menu bar.

New Message
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Attach File
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Once the message composition window opens, select Attach from the menu bar. This will allow you to select the Graphics Interchange Format file you want to send.

Select File
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Step

Navigate to the file that you would like to send.

Insert  Animation Using Microsoft Outlook Web Client

Step

Open your webmail client, and compase a new message. To compose a new message to your desired recipient, select New from the menu bar.

New Message
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Attach File
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Step

Once the message composition window opens, select File as Attachments from the menu bar. This will allow you to select the Graphics Interchange Format file you want to send.

Select File
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Step

Navigate to the file that you would like to send.

Animation Not Displaying in Mircrosoft Outlook Desktop Client?

  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 cannot display Graphics Interchange Format animations, though the program can send Graphics Interchange Format animations. So do not be alarmed if you can only see the first frame of your animation when you insert the file using your Mircrosoft Outlook Desktop Client.
  • There are no such problems with the Mircrosoft Outlook web client.