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Saving Images from MS Outlook embedded mails

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I am getting mails from a yahoogroups subscription where the images (GIF files) are embedded in the mail text. When I right click on the images to save them, the save as dialog box gives an option to save only in BMP type file. I want to save the embedded GIF as a GIF image so that the animation is preserved.

In short I want to extract all the images that come in an embedded mail as the originals.

Can this be done? Please help


Thanks.

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Question by:HarryCool
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by:tglaze
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If you are using Outlook 2000 see the MS Knowledge Base Article below.  

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 234943

OL2000: Embedded Graphics in HTML Messages Must Be Saved as Bitmaps

This article was previously published under Q234943

SYMPTOMS
When you receive an HTML-formatted e-mail message that contains an embedded graphic, you can only save that graphic as a bitmap (.bmp) file.

RESOLUTION
Save the file to your desktop as a bitmap image. You can then open the file in an editor such as Microsoft Image Composer, or any editor that can manipulate bitmap images, and save it in the appropriate file format.

MORE INFORMATION
NOTE: You can save the file in a different file format; however, anytime you change image formats or convert to a different format you run the risk of degrading the image. Use this resolution with caution.
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by:tglaze
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By the way, instead of Image Composer, you may wish to check out IrfanView which is freeware.  It converts from/to many different formats.  
You can find it at:

http://www.irfanview.com/
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by:HarryCool
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nope, this is not what i want. i want to keep the animation of the embedded gifs. by saving images as bmp and then saving it as gif will make the image lose its animation.

i found another way out myself. now i open outlook express instead of microsoft outlook, import all the required email from microsoft outlook to outlook express. on doing so the images which were embedded in the mail get saved as attached images in those same mails.

so now i want to use microsoft outlook for my daily work. whenever i get a mail with embedded image i tranfer it to a temporary folder in microsoft outlook, periodically import these messages in outlook express and then save the attachements!

long process and so if anyone has a shortcut to save the gif/jpg as gif/jpg in microsoft outlook itself to lemme know, otherwise this question is closed from myside.

thanks.

ps: do visit my website HarryCool.com !

Harry

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by:sullioncape
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tglaze said it all, in that Outlook is NOT capable of running a right-click "save as" in anything but bmp format.  Forget irfanview.com for possible solution--I spent lots of time downloading/reading and Irfan states in his Help section that his program cannot animate.  HarryCool's use of OE (importing from Outlook) is method I used ages ago, but have switched to a faster technique--I now store animations in my Outlook's Draft folder; don't need OE.  Create a new blank message & "move" it (NOT "save as") to Drafts folder.  Each time you receive mail with a neat animation you want saved, just cut/paste it into that blank, unsent, e-mail in the Draft folder.  Can open/close that folder any time without resending it to yourself & and favored animations are all stored in one folder.  Just cut/paste it from Drafts into any mail you send.   This works for me quickly & I've exhausted my search for other remedies.  P.S.  Other programs (Word, etc.) take too long to open & locate an animation--Outlook's Draft folder works best!  Helga
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