How to insert GIFs in PowerPoint

You can insert GIFs in PowerPoint in the same way as you include images in Microsoft slides. The process is similar in both Office 365 (on MacOS and Windows ) and desktop versions (PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010). PowerPoint Online users can also insert animations, but with limitations.

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You can add GIFs stored on your computer, the Web, or OneDrive. In PowerPoint Online, the GIF does not play when it is displayed in the presentation. Unfortunately, PowerPoint Online can not play GIFs in the browser.

How to insert GIFs in PowerPoint

  1. Choose the slide you want to add to the GIF;
  2. On the “Insert” tab of the options menu, click “Images”;
  3. In the dialog box, navigate to the location of the GIF you want to add;
  4. Verify that the file name ends with a .gif extension;
  5. Choose the file and click “Insert” or “Open.”

To play the animation, select the “Slideshow” tab, go to “Start Slide Show” and “Current Slide” to see the presentation at the current point.

You can search for GIFs on the Web using the “Online Images” or “ClipArt” feature, depending on the version of PowerPoint you are using on your computer. On the “Insert” tab, choose “Insert Images Online” or “Insert Clip Art”. Type “animated gif” in the search followed by a keyword to help with the search.

You can also determine how many times the animation is played. Animated GIFs usually run repeatedly, in loop, non-stop. But you can change this by editing the GIF before adding it to slides, using sites like

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