I’ve written about saving an animated GIF file in my article How can I Save an Animated GIF?. Unfortunately, it really depends upon the capabilities of the web browser or email program you’re using at the timem.
Subscriber Chris wrote recently to offer another way to do it:
Saw this question on your page and found an answer.
You can save animated gifs received in Outlook by replying to the message leave the message window open. Open FrontPage create a blank normal page then drag & drop the image from the reply window onto the blank page viewed on the design tab.
It will not animate but if you click the preview tab it will animate. Name the page and save it and close FrontPage.
FrontPage will then create a folder in the my documents\\my web sites directory named (your saved file name here) Files. Open that directory and in it you will find your animated gif.
Save it wherever you want and the other files and the web page file can be deleted.
Chris’ suggestion seems limited to Outlook users who also have Microsoft FrontPage installed.
However, I’m not sure that it’s that limited. If I wanted to save one and used a different email program or if I didn’t have FrontPage, I’d download the free WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web design package called KompoZer from http://www.kompozer.net/ (NOTICE THAT THIS IS A .net, not a .com or .org).
Perhaps with your email program and KompoZer, you can do the same thing.