How to Create an Animated Email


Whether you want to entertain your friends or family or really draw the eye of your email list, one good way to do this is through creating an animated email. Emails are usually just plain text, so an image that moves can really send a standout message. An animated .gif image in your email is going to amuse your email recipients and grab their attention.

  • Find out whether your recipient can receive animated .gif files. All web-based email programs can read .gif files, and most desktop-based email programs can as well. The major exceptions are Apple Mail 3.0 and Outlook 2007. If your email recipients use those programs, they will not be able to see your animated image.

  • Find an animated .gif image that you like. There are hundreds of sites out that have free .gif files available for download, and still more offer them for a membership fee. Find these sites by using a search engine to search for "animated gif."

  • Right-click on the .gif image that you like and choose “Save image as," then select the desktop to save it there for the moment.

  • Open your email program and create a new message.

  • Prepare your email as you normally would, by filling in the recipients, subject and message.

  • Find the “Insert” function on your email program. Its location will vary depending on what email program you use and what settings you have enabled. If you are running a very stripped-down version of your program, you might need to look into how to regain this functionality.

  • Select the .gif file you saved, then click "OK."

  • Send your email.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not worry if your .gif is not moving in your unsent email. It will move in the sent email.
  • You can also pull your .gif from a CD-ROM of clipart images. There are many different clipart collections that will give you access to thousands of animated images for you to spare with your friends.
  • If you know that your friends do not like to be surprised with animated images, simple attach the .gif to the email and let them open it at their own discretion.
  • Be careful who you download your files from, as .gif files have been known carry viruses.

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