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How to Add Animated GIFs Correctly in Google Docs and Slides

Saikat Basu 12-01-2018

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.

  1. Type your search keyword in the image search engine.
  2. Go to Tools > Type > Animated to filter the animated GIFs from the rest of the image types.
    Search for Animated GIF
  3. 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.
    Image Address of Animated GIF
  4. Open your document. Place your cursor at the right location. Go to the Insert > Image > By URL.
    Insert Animated GIF
  5. 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.

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Related topics: GIF, Google Docs, Google Drive, Slideshow.

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  1. Alex
    June 13, 2019 at 9:38 am

    So, why won't GIF play correctly if you just drag&drop it? I couldn't see any difference between this method and just drag&n&dropping or inserting a GIF file from a PC. This article is useless.

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    January 14, 2018 at 12:04 am

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