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How to Add Animated GIFs to Keynote (In 60 Seconds)

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An animated GIF can be a nice touch to a presentation and they're easy to add and customize in Apple Keynote. A Keynote GIF adds a bit of animation to your slideshow, which can help add interest. Let's look at how to add GIFs in Keynote.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Hexon template. You can find more great Keynote presentation templates on Envato Elements, on GraphicRiver or in the 15+ Best Keynote Presentation Templates (For Mac Users).

How to Quickly Add GIFs in Keynote

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that compliment this video.

1. Drag a GIF onto a Keynote Presentation

I'm working in Keynote here and I want to add an animated Keynote GIF icon. I'm going to just drag-and-drop an animated GIF that's stored on my computer onto the presentation.

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You can drag-and-drop an animated GIF onto your Keynote presentation.

You can see GIF now here in the Keynote presentation. Press the Play button to see the GIF playing in the Keynote file here. 

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Press the Play button in the Keynote GIF to start it.

2. Adjust the Image

A Keynote GIF image can be adjusted like any other, and you click and drag to reposition it or scale it down with the corner. 

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Select a GIF to resize it or reposition it.

3. Set a Keynote GIF to Autoplay

If you want it to automatically play, make sure that you've got the Format option selected. Switch to the Movie tab. Untick the box that says Start movie on click to have the Keynote GIF play automatically when you start the presentation. 

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Set the Keynote GIF to play automatically when the presentation starts.

4. Define Whether the Keynote GIF Loops

You can also change if it loops or not from the Repeat drop-down menu. Consider turning off the Loop option so that it only plays through once.

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Set GIF to loop or turn loop off.

Now as we switch to Presentation mode in Keynote. You'll see the animated GIF playing. It's really easy to add Keynote GIFs and customize how they appear. 

Finishing Up!

You've just learned how to add animation in Keynote with animated GIFs. An animated GIF icon can add just a bit of flair to a presentation and help it stand out. Consider adding a Keynote GIF to your next presentation to give it a bit of flair.

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Also be sure to check out our guide to using Keynote presentation templates.

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