You can say a lot with the right animated GIF in your Google documents, whether to explain concepts better or to make your presentation slides shine — so it’s a good thing that you can make your own animated GIFs with free tools in minutes.
However, GIFs won’t play correctly if you just drag-and-drop or insert directly into a Google document! Follow the steps below to make your GIFs animate currently.
How to Add Animated GIFs in Google Docs and Slides
You can use Google’s Image Search to sift through the GIF universe. Unfortunately, you can’t use the Image Search within Google Docs to search for animated GIFs, so head to the Google Search engine with your browser.
- Type your search keyword in the image search engine.
- Go to Tools > Type > Animated to filter the animated GIFs from the rest of the image types.
- Select the image you want to use and click on it to view it in its actual resolution. Get its image address: right-click on the image and select Copy Image Address.
- Open your document. Place your cursor at the right location. Go to the Insert > Image > By URL.
- Paste the image address you had copied in the earlier step. Click Insert in the image box which is displayed. The animated GIF is added to your document at the location you choose.
You can also create your own GIFs and insert them into Google Docs and Slides. In fact, all document types in Google Drive accept animated GIFs, but Docs and Slides are the most common.
Want more resources for these Google programs? Try these Google Docs tips to save time and this guide to create transitions for your Google Slides presentation. You might also want to learn how to recolor images and objects in Google Slides.