Many thanks for your reply - apologies for note replying before today as I have been busy with other matters - here goes...I looked in the Help files for Outlook 2007 and found the answer!!!
Inside the email that you are reading in Outlook 2007, there is a dropdown button that says "Other Actions"
If you click this dropdown button, it says at the bottom, "View in browser" - once you click this, a warning pops up stating if you want to allow this action all the time? - you can click yes or no as per your personal preference...
Once you have done this, you can view the animated GIF image(s) in an external Internet Explorer window.
Job done!!! - many thanks once again, it's much appreciated.
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