Thursday, January 15, 2009

Viewing Animated Gif's in Outlook 2007

I use Outlook 2007 at work, basically because, well ... I don't have a choice. Since upgrading from 2003 to 2007, I've noticed that animated gif images (embedded) are not animated. I asked around, but it seems that everyone has the same problem, a google search revealed that there are loads of people in the same boat as me. The problem has been posted on forums all over the net.

Here's a workaround that I've found though :

  1. Double Click on the message to open it in a full window (not in the preview pane).

  2. Click the Other Options icon, and then select View in Browser from the drop-down menu.

  3. A browser window will open containing the mail message, including all embedded gif files, fully animated.

It's cumbersome I know, but it sure beats wondering what you were missing out on...
Only other solution I can come up with is to forward the mail to your gmail account.


  1. In Gmail, you can import your POP3 or IMAM account so you won't have to forward your mail..

    But it still sucks that gif's are not supported.

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  4. This was very helpful! Thanks!