How to Put a GIF in PowerPoint

Add a little action to your slides

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Capture attention with a GIF.

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An animated GIF can add humor or capture attention, and you can easily insert a GIF in PowerPoint to add animation without the hassle of creating a video file. Learn how to put a GIF in a PowerPoint slide in your version of the software. It’s as simple as inserting a picture.

How to Insert a GIF in PowerPoint 2010 or Newer

If you've ever added an image to a PowerPoint slide, you're already familiar with the steps needed to add a GIF, save for one additional step.

Insert a GIF in PowerPoint from file
Insert a GIF in PowerPoint from your computer in Windows.
  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to add a GIF. 
  2. Go to the Insert tab and select Pictures. The Insert Picture dialog box will open. 
  3. Navigate to the location of the GIF file on your computer. Select the file, then select Insert
  4. Go to the Slide Show tab. Select From Current Slide in the Start Slide Show group to animate the GIF.
    1. Note: When you play the presentation, the GIF will be animated automatically.

How to Find GIF Files

If you don’t want to use a GIF you have downloaded to your computer, PowerPoint can help you locate one.

Insert GIF from web PowerPoint
Find GIFs online in PowerPoint.
  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to add a GIF. 
  2. Go to the Insert tab.
  3. Select Insert Clip Art in PowerPoint 2010 or Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 or newer.
  4. Make sure Creative Commons Only is selected. This ensures you're searching for images you can legally use in your presentation.
  5. Type animated or gif in the search box and press Enter. You can narrow your options by adding a keyword, such as animated duck or business gif.
  6. Select the GIF you want to use and select Insert to add it to the slide. 

How to Insert a GIF in PowerPoint for Mac

Add in a GIF to the Mac version of PowerPoint is nearly identical to its Windows counterpart.

Insert GIF Mac PPT
Use the Insert Pictures option to add a GIF in PowerPoint for Mac.
  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the slide in the presentation where you want to put a GIF.
  2. Go to the Insert tab.
  3. Select Picture in the Insert group and select Picture from File
  4. Navigate to the location of the GIF file on your computer. Select the file to then select Insert
  5. Go to the Slide Show menu and select Play from Current Slide to view the animation.
    1. Note: When you play the presentation, the GIF will be animated automatically.

Insert GIF Into PowerPoint Online

Although not as robust as the premium desktop versions, you can still insert a GIF in PowerPoint Online, but the animation is not supported online.

Tip: If you send the finished presentation to an online version of PowerPoint, such as PowerPoint for Windows or Mac, the GIF will be animated.

Insert GIF PowerPoint Online
Insert GIFs in PowerPoint Online.
  1. Log in to your Microsoft account online and go to PowerPoint. 
  2. Go to the slide where you want to add a GIF. 
  3. Go to the Insert tab and select Pictures. The Insert Picture dialog box will open. 
  4. Navigate to the location of the GIF file on your computer. Select the file then select Insert