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How to Stop GIFs From Auto-Playing in Your Browser

Dave LeClair 10-06-2016

Somehow, even as more people started getting high-speed internet How The Future Gigabit Internet Is Likely To Play Out A spider web of cables, satellites, data centers, switches, and routing systems connect the world. Now we're headed toward a gigabit Internet where all that data will be moving that much faster. Read More  and video streaming became more mainstream, GIFs still remain intensely popular How to Easily Turn YouTube Videos Into GIFs Want a quick way to turn any YouTube video into a quick but high-quality GIF? This site is the perfect tool for you. Read More . As attention spans continue to shorten How Strong Is Your Attention Span? Attention span is a fleeting thing. One minute you're engrossed in writing a post for about focus, and the next... hey is that penguin? Read More , GIFs make more sense. They’re the TLDRs of video.


But because a GIF is technically an image, you can’t prevent it from playing automatically with click-to-play plugins 5 Steps to Enable Flash in Chrome Google Chrome doesn't want you to use Adobe Flash Player. Here's how to enable Flash in Chrome in case you need it. Read More and the like. But don’t worry, there are ways to stop it. The technique is jus ta little different for each browser.


In Chrome, it’s super easy. Just download the Google-made extension called Animation Policy. You can use it to disable animations completely, or force them to play only once.


With Firefox, you don’t need any addons. Instead, there’s a built-in setting to tweak. Just type about:config into your address bar. Click I’ll be careful, I promise.

Now, type image.animation into the search box, and double-click on the setting labeled image.animation_mode. In the box that opens, type none if you don’t want GIFs to play at all, or once if you want images to play once.

Internet Explorer

Pressing Escape when you load a webpage will cause any GIFs to stop playing, but there’s also a setting that’ll you preemptively stop them. To do so, click the Gear icon, then click Internet options. Click the Advanced tab, then look for Multimedia, and uncheck the option Play Animations in Webpages. 


Here’s a GIF you can use to test and make it work. Follow the directions and above and refresh the page. The GIF shouldn’t be playing when you do.


That’s all you need to know to disable GIFs for the big three. For Edge How to Change the Search Engine in Microsoft Edge (No More Bing) Microsoft Edge doesn't make it apparent how you can change your search engine from Bing to something else. Fortunately, it's pretty easy. Here's what you do. Read More , there’s way to disable GIFs at this time, so if you truly dislike animated images, or need to save bandwidth by not loading them, you’ll need to use one of the three browsers above.

What are your thoughts on GIFs? As you read this article, did you pronounce it like gift, or jiffy? Let the pronunciation battle commence!

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  1. Anonymous
    June 10, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    OPERA15+ Is A CHROME Clone, But It Did Not Work.

    Since IE8 Controls OFFICE From The Background, I Hope It Works With The Email Client, As Well.

    Thank You.


    • Anonymous
      June 13, 2016 at 1:08 am

      It Works With The Email Client.

      Thank You So Very Much.


      • Anonymous
        June 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm

        These 3 Extensions Code IDs Work With OPERA15+, Too: