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How to Insert an Animated GIF into a PowerPoint Presentation

During a presentation, a mix of different media types keeps things entertaining, and a well-placed animated GIF is no exception. You can use them to convey a message, demonstrate an activity, capture the audience’s attention, or just add some humor.

Insert a GIF in PowerPoint

Inserting a GIF in a PowerPoint slide is just as easy as inserting any other image. Go ahead and locate the GIF that you’ll be using. In this example, we’ll use this awesome Final Fantasy VI GIF.

Final Fantasy VI Victory Dance
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Next, go ahead and open up the PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide into which you’ll insert the GIF. Once there, head over to the “Insert” tab and click the Pictures” button.

Insert Gifs in PowerPoint

In the window that opens, browse to the location of the GIF, select it, and then click “Insert.”

Select and insert gif in PowerPoint

The GIF will now appear in the slide.

Gif as Image in PowerPoint

In the regular slide view, the GIF will appear static; it won’t animate until the actual presentation. To make sure it’s working correctly, head over to the “Slide Show” tab and click the “From Current Slide” button (or press Shift+F5).

Preview slideshow from current slide

You should now see the GIF in action.

When it comes to formatting, you have the same options as you do with a regular image. Play around with the different options until you have the perfect GIF for your PowerPoint presentation!

Marshall Gunnell Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
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