By default, the animated gif images embedded in the Outlook email are static, not animated. If you want to view them in animated form, you can utilize either of the following 2 means.
To embed animated gif images into email body, you can simply make use of “Insert Picture” feature in Outlook. However, you will discover that these embedded gif images are inactive, not animated. The same holds true for incoming emails. When you receive such an email that contains multiple gif images in body, if you would like to view them animatedly, you can refer to the following 2 approaches.
Method 1：View the Entire Email in Browser
- To start with, in the Outlook window, double click on the source email which contains animated gif images in its body.
- Then, in the opened Message window, you could click on the “Actions” button in “Move” group.
- From the displaying drop down list, you can select “View in Browser” option.
- Next, you will receive an alert like the following screenshot, in which you can just press “OK” button.
- Immediately, the default browser on your computer will open this email.
- At present, in this browser window, you will see that all the animated gifs are active.
By this means, the email textual contents will be shown in the browser as well. If you only would like to view the animated gif images actively, you can use the way below.
Method 2: View All Animated Gif Images Only in Browser
- In the first place, press “Alt + F11” keys in the main Outlook screen.
- Then, after getting into the “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” window, you can open an unused module or straightly insert a new module.
- Next you can copy the following VBA code into this module.
Sub ViewAllAnimatedGifsActively() Dim objMail As Object Dim objAttachment As Outlook.Attachment Dim ColGifs As New Collection Dim objFileSystem As Object Dim strTempFolder As String Dim objHTMLFile As Object Dim objShell As Object Dim varGif As Variant Dim strContent As String 'Get the source email Select Case Application.ActiveWindow.Class Case olExplorer Set objMail = Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection(1) Case olInspector Set objMail = Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem End Select 'Create a temp folder Set objFileSystem = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemobject") strTempFolder = objFileSystem.GetSpecialFolder(2).Path & "\Temp" & Format(Now, "yyyymmddhhmmss") MkDir (strTempFolder) For Each objAttachment In objMail.Attachments 'Save the embedded gif images If IsEmbeddedImage(objAttachment) = True Then If LCase(objFileSystem.GetExtensionName(objAttachment.filename)) = "gif" Then objAttachment.SaveAsFile strTempFolder & "\" & objAttachment.filename ColGifs.Add objAttachment.filename End If End If Next 'Input the details of saved gif images into a HTML file For Each varGif In ColGifs strContent = strContent & "<a href=""file://" & strTempFolder & "\" & varGif & """ target=""_new""><img src=""" & varGif & """ height=""" & "30%" & """ width=""" & "30%" & """ /></a>" Next Set objHTMLFile = objFileSystem.CreateTextFile(strTempFolder & "\Animated-Gifs.html") objHTMLFile.Write (strContent) objHTMLFile.Close 'Open this HTML file Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") objShell.Run strTempFolder & "\Animated-Gifs.html" End Sub Function IsEmbeddedImage(objCurrentAttachment As Outlook.Attachment) As Boolean Dim objPropertyAccessor As Outlook.propertyAccessor Dim strProperty As String Set objPropertyAccessor = objCurrentAttachment.propertyAccessor strProperty = objPropertyAccessor.GetProperty("http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x3712001E") If InStr(1, strProperty, "@") > 0 Then IsEmbeddedImage = True Else IsEmbeddedImage = False End If End Function
- Subsequently, for later convenient access, you’re better off adding this macro to Quick Access Toolbar.
- Also, you have to check your Outlook macro setting to insure that macros are enabled.
- Lastly, you can have a try.
- First, select or open an email.
- Then click on the new macro button in Quick Access Toolbar.
- At once, a new page will be opened in default internet browser, in which all the animated gif images are listed and active.
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