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Paused! Stops Animated GIFs in Their Tracks

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Chrome: If you’re annoyed by animated GIFs or just want to pause them to catch a certain frame, Paused! is an open-source Chrome extension that freeze frames GIFs with a single click.

Install the extension, reload Chrome, and from then on any animated GIF you come across can be halted with a simple click. Click once to freeze, click again to unfreeze. It’s a one trick pony but if the ride you want is to Frozen GIFville you’re in luck.

Paused! is an open-source extension, Chrome only.

Paused! [Chrome Web Store]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/8/11

Comments (6)

  1. jon_hill987

    Pity this wasn’t around when Geocities was popular…

  2. Skiddie

    No credit to your Google+ circle member who suggested this? Tut tut!

  3. Richard

    I use Firefox and Adblock Plus. Right-click on these horrendous animations and block them forever.

  4. vistual

    why not just hit the escape key, no?

  5. Ushindi

    The escape key works just fine, usually, but you can’t re-start the GIF without refreshing the page (if for any reason you would WANT to re-start an animated GIF).

  6. Webdev

    In Firefox you can get this functionality with the web developer toolbar. Amongst its countless functions it has an option to deactivate animated graphics. There is also a switch to permanently apply this behaviour.

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