Last update: September 2019
Applicable to: Outlook 2019, 2016, 365. Windows and MAC OS X.
Here’s a question we got from a reader:
I would like to put an animated file into an Outlook message that i want to send to a friend having her 50th birthday. Not exactly sure about to go about adding the animated gif image into the message so it can appear on my outgoing email. Any help is appreciated!
One important note before we start: Only Outlook 365 versions, support inserting as well as loop-playing Gif files embedded into the message header. Office 2016 support for gif files is somewhat limited, so the recipient will need to view your email in a browser in order to be able to watch the animation (Done by From the message window, hit the the Actions button and then select the View in Browser command.)
If you use Outlook 365 , you are not only able to embed animations (being gif, swf files) into the content of the email you’ll be sending, but also to add those gifs into your Outlook custom signature.
If you are using older Outlook versions, you might be able to easily attach your animated gif to your Outlook message.
Here you go:
The method HTMLBody of object MailItem allows you to add animated gifts into your HTML based email text bodies using Visual Basic for Applications. If you are looking for specific Macro help in this matter, contact us or leave a comment.