How to Insert a GIF Into Google Slides

Give your presentations some pizzazz

You can add GIFs to Google Slides presentations in a few different ways. GIFs and other graphics can break up text-heavy slides and maybe earn a laugh from meeting participants. Windows and Mac users can insert GIFs stored on your computer or in Google Drive or via a URL from a service like Giphy. Users can even add a GIF they’ve created themselves. Here's how to add GIFs to Google Slides.

These instructions apply to both Windows and Mac computers.

How to Add GIFs to Google Slides With a URL

If you have a link to the GIF, you can add it to Slides using the URL. You can copy the URL from the source, such as GIPHY or a GIF generator. Google is another good source for finding GIFs and other images. Enter a keyword or phrase into the search engine, click Images, then click Tools > Type > GIF.

Use Google to find GIFs and other images.

To get the URL from Google search, click the GIF to select it, then right-click (CTRL-click on Mac) and select Save image address.

The process is the same for most GIF websites: click the GIF, then share (or select the share icon) and copy the URL. (If the URL doesn’t work, try right-clicking and saving the image address.)

Another source is Tumblr. Go to tumblr.com/tagged/gif, input your search term, click a GIF, then the three-dot menu icon, then click Permalink. Beware, this site contains NSFW (not save for work) images.

Once you have the URL, go back to your Google Slides presentation and click the slide in which you want to add a GIF.

  1. Click Insert.

    Inserting a GIF into Google Slides.
  2. Select Image.

    Inserting a GIF into Google Slides.
  3. Select By URL.

    Inserting a GIF into Google Slides.
  4. Paste in the URL.

    Adding a GIF to Google Slides.

    If you copy and paste the image and not the URL, it will likely stop playing and look like a still image.

  5. Once the URL loads, your GIF will appear. Click Insert.

    Adding a GIF to Google Slides.
  6. Now you can resize, reposition, or delete the GIF by selecting it.

    Adding a GIF to Google Slides.

To reposition the GIF, select it with your mouse and drag and drop it to where you want it. Resize the GIF by clicking and dragging the bounding line.

How to Upload GIFs From Your Computer

It’s straightforward to add a GIF you’ve created or saved on your computer. Make sure the GIF in question is an mp4 file, then open the presentation and click the slide where you want to put the GIF.

 

  1. Click Insert.

  2. Select Image > Upload from computer.

    Inserting GIFs into Google Slides.
  3. Find the GIF file and click Open.

    Inserting GIFs into Google Slides.

How to Upload GIFs From Google Drive or Google Photos

Similarly, you can insert any GIFs stored in Google Drive and Google Photos into a Google Slides presentation.

  1. Open your presentation, then click a slide.

  2. Click Insert > Image.

  3. Select Drive to upload a GIF from Google Drive or Photos to upload one from Google Photos.

    Inserting GIFs into Google Slides.
  4. In the right rail, click the GIF (or GIFs) you want to insert. Click Insert on the message that pops up.

    Inserting GIFs into Google Slides.

     

  5. The GIF will appear in the slide. Edit the GIF by selecting it with your mouse.

    Inserting GIFs into Google Slides.