How to Put a GIF in PowerPoint

Add a little action to your slides

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. It’s as simple as inserting a picture.

Animated Pac-Math powerpoint in front of a classroom
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Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint Online, and PowerPoint for Office 365.

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.

  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to add a GIF. 

  2. Go to Insert and click Pictures.

    Adding a GIF to Powerpoint.
  3. In the Insert Picture dialog box, navigate to the location of the GIF file on your computer, choose the file, and click Insert. In some versions of PowerPoint it might be called Open.

  4. Go to Slide Show and select From Current Slide in the Start Slide Show group to animate the GIF.

When you play the presentation, the GIF is animated automatically.

How to Find GIF Files

If you don’t want to use a GIF you have downloaded to your computer, use the online image search feature of PowerPoint to locate one.

  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to add a GIF. 

  2. Go to Insert.

  3. Select Clip Art in PowerPoint 2010 or Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 or newer.

    Adding a GIF to Powerpoint.
  4. Type animated or gif in the search box and press Enter. Narrow your options by adding a keyword, such as animated duck or business gif.

  5. Place a check next to Creative Commons Only to search for images you can legally use in your presentation.

  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.

  1. Open PowerPoint and go to the slide in the presentation where you want to put a GIF.

  2. Go to Insert.

  3. Select Pictures and choose Picture from File.

    Use the Insert Pictures option to add a GIF in PowerPoint for Mac
  4. Navigate to the location of the GIF file on your computer, choose the file, and select Insert

  5. Go to Slide Show and select Play from Current Slide to view the animation.

When you play the presentation, the GIF is 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, and view the animation by starting the slide show, just like you can in the desktop version.

  1. Sign 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 Insert > Pictures > This Device. The Insert Picture dialog box opens.

    Insert GIF PowerPoint Online
  4. Select Choose File, double-click the GIF file from your computer, and press Insert.