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What is a GIF image?

GIF is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, an image file format created by CompuServe. Because of its near-photographic quality and relatively small file size, GIF has become one of the most widely used image file formats on the Internet today.



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How do I save GIF images?

Place cursor on the image you wish to save, "right click" to get menu, select "save picture as" or "save image as" and a "Save Picture" box will appear. At this point, it is very important that you determine to where on your computer the image is saved (if you ever want to see it again). Select "My Documents" from the drop-down menu at the top of the box, then click save. You have now saved a GIF image to a known location on your computer.



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How do I send a GIF via E-mail?

Ok, so we have a GIF in "My Documents", now what? Well, there are two ways to send a GIF, the first is to "attach" it, the second is to "insert" it. If we look at attaching first. Bring up your mail box (I'm using Outlook Express for this example as it is the most common.), start a new email, when you've addressed the mail, click the "attach" button (above the address bar). You should now have in front of you the "Insert Attachment" box, select "My Documents" from the drop-down menu at the top of the box, and select the Gif you wish to send, click "attach"....job done.
To "insert" a GIF (my preferred method) start a new mail as before and address it, then click in the text area. When a GIF is "inserted" it is placed wherever the text cursor happens to be, e.g. you could write a paragraph of text and then add a GIF or put the GIF at the beginning or the end of the text. When you decide the cursor is in the right place for you, click "insert" (between view and format at the top) select "picture" from the menu and a "picture source" box will appear. Click "browse" then select "My Documents" from the drop-down menu at the top of the new box, click on the GIF you wish to insert, click "open" then click "OK" on the "picture source" box....job done.



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