How to Insert an Animated GIF into a PowerPoint Presentation

Adding an animated GIF to your PowerPoint presentation can be a great way to enhance your slides and capture your audience’s attention. GIFs are eye-catching, fun, and easy to make part of your presentation.

In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to insert an animated GIF into PowerPoint.

Finding the Right Animated GIF

The first step is to find the perfect animated GIF to insert. You’ll want one that is:

  • Relevant to your presentation topic and content
  • Appropriate for your audience
  • High quality and loads quickly
  • Not too distracting or overly complex

You can search for GIFs using Google Images, Giphy, Tenor, or other online GIF databases. Simply search keywords related to your presentation topic.

Spend some time browsing to find the best fit. Make sure the GIF has transparency so that the background doesn’t look messy on your slide.

Once you’ve found the perfect GIF, save it to your computer so you can upload it to PowerPoint.

Inserting the GIF into PowerPoint

Inserting the animated GIF into your presentation only takes a few quick steps:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide you want to add the GIF to.
  2. Click the “Insert” tab at the top.
  3. Select “Pictures” then choose “Picture from File.”
  4. Locate the GIF file you saved to your computer and select it.
  5. Click “Insert.”

The animated GIF will now appear on your slide!

Positioning and Formatting the GIF

Once inserted, you can format the GIF for the best fit:

  • Resize by dragging the corners
  • Position it where needed on the slide
  • Add alternative text in the format tab for accessibility
  • Consider adding a caption or text box to provide context

Take a minute to ensure the GIF looks great, loads quickly, and conveys what you intended.

Previewing the Animated Slide

The final step is viewing your new animated slide!

Go to the “Slide Show” tab and select “From Beginning” or “From Current Slide.” The animation will play automatically as you move through the slides.

Make sure the GIF performs properly and enhances your presentation as intended. Tweak anything as needed.

Best Practices for Using GIFs

When using GIFs in PowerPoint, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use sparingly – Only add GIFs when they truly supplement your content
  • Ensure relevance – Pick GIFs that clearly relate to your slides and topic
  • Consider audience and tone – Humorous GIFs may not fit a serious presentation
  • Check accessibility – Add alternative text and consider those with visual impairments
  • Test compatibility – Ensure the GIF works on the devices and platforms you present on

Following PowerPoint best practices will ensure your animated GIF contributes to rather than detracts from a professional, high-quality presentation.

Adding some motion and fun can boost engagement and visual appeal. With the steps above, you can easily insert animated GIFs into your next PowerPoint presentation.