Adding an Animated GIF to PoliteMail

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PoliteMail supports adding animated GIFs to Outlook emails, however, animated GIFs are not supported in Outlook 2007-2016.  Here is a handy reference chart that shows which Email Clients support animated GIFs.

Desktop Email Client Animated GIFs Supported?
Apple Mail YES
Outlook 2003 YES
Outlook 2007-2016 NO
Outlook on OSX YES
Lotus Notes 8 & 8.5 YES
Gmail YES
AOL YES
Outlook.com YES
Yahoo YES
Android (Native App) YES
Android (Gmail App) YES
iPhone (Native App) YES
iPhone (Gmail App) YES

For Outlook 2007 – 2016 desktop recipients, the animated GIF will display the first image.  Please note that OWA on the web (Office.com) will display the animated GIF.  When creating the animated GIF, you will want to make the first frame something engaging that works on all viewing devices.   Do not leave the first frame blank.

To add an animated GIF to a PoliteMail email, create the GIF animation and save it as an HTML file.

Now go to Outlook > New Message> PoliteMail and choose Import HTML File.

Your animated GIF will now be added to your message.

For Outlook 2007-2016 Desktop users, I have chosen the image of the angry email as my first frame of the GIF animation.  All other users will see the full animated GIF of the envelop shaking and then opening happily.

Click here to see the animation

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