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How to Insert a GIF into PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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GIF images are a great way to bring some animation without creating a video file. And PowerPoint supports working with these animated images.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Glasses PowerPoint Template. You can get great PPT presentation templates from Envato Elements.

How to Quickly Add a GIF to PowerPoint

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

1. Find Your GIF File

To insert an animated GIF, go to the Insert tab. Now, let's choose Pictures. Let's browse to an animated image file that I have stored on my computer.

Find GIF image in PowerPoint
Find the GIF you want to insert into PowerPoint.

2. Insert a GIF in PowerPoint

Let's go ahead and insert the GIF into our slide. 

Add a GIF to PowerPoint
Add the GIF to PowerPoint

You can see that the GIF is on the slide now. You can click and drag to reposition it, or resize it just as you would with a normal image.

Now, PowerPoint won't show the images animated until you go into the Slide Show mode, as you can see me doing here.

See animated GIF images in Slide Show mode
When you switch to Slide Show mode, you'll see the GIF animation.

Notice that our image repeatedly loops with animation, PowerPoint doesn't let you change that option for how many times the animation should play. So, you'll need to make that decision when you save the animated image. 

Use Photoshop, or whatever app you're using to build your GIFs, to set that setting at the time you save the animated file. Otherwise, PowerPoint simply follows the metadata added to the image file that tells it how many times the animation should play. 

Finishing Up!

However you say the word GIF, PowerPoint can handle these animated images nicely to spice up your presentation. 

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Do you use GIF files in your PowerPoint presentations? Let us know in the comments below.

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