How to Add a GIF to Google Slides

GIF animations can make presentations interesting. They add visual appeal, but often they can help add humor to slide decks. You can also use GIF animations to show a process or create a short visual guide for your audience. Google Slides provides several handy options for adding custom GIFs to presentation slides.

How to Add GIFs to Google Slides from Your Computer

To upload a GIF from your computer, go to Insert > Image > Upload from Computer.

uploading a GIF to Google Drive

Browse and select the GIF animation from your device and click Open.

selecting which GIF file to upload

This will insert the GIF animation into the current slide, where you can drag and drop to resize and adjust it according to need. Other editing options can be accessed via right-click menu via Format Options.

adjusting a GIF file in a Google Slides presentation file

How to Insert a GIF into Google Slides from Google Drive or Google Photos

It’s pretty likely that you don’t have the required GIF on your computer or mobile device and need to add it from Google Drive or Google Photos. In such a case, go to Insert > Image in Google Slides and select the required file.

inserting a GIF from Google Drive into Google Slides

Select the required GIF and click Insert to add it to the current slide.

selecting the GIF file from Google Drive to insert into Google Slides presentation

Below is an example of a GIF in Google Slides inserted from Google Drive.

end result of inserting a GIF from Google Drive into Google Slides

How to Put a GIF in Google Slides via URL

Google Slides also enables users to add a URL for a GIF animation directly. A common method to add GIF animations this way is to use famous services like GIPHY, or you can use a link from your website. To add a GIF via URL, go to Insert > Image > By URL.

inserting a GIF via URL into Google Slides

Insert the URL to see a preview of the GIF and click Insert Image.

selecting the thrid-party gif file from URL

Using this method, you can insert engaging GIF animations from the web and give them context by adding supporting text.

end result of inserting a third-party gif into Google Slides via URL

How to Insert GIFs in Google Slides via Web Search

If you’re unsure which animation to add to your slides, a quick search might help! To add a GIF via a web search, go to Insert > Image > Search the web and enter a keyword or phrase to search for GIF animations.

using the search the web option in Google Slides to insert a GIF in Google Slides

Once you have what you need, select the GIF and click Insert to add it to the current slide.

searching for a GIF file in Google Slides

Using web search can be a handy way to look for GIF animations online. However, the search only shows GIFs and also static images.

inserted GIF in Google Slides from the web

How to Edit a GIF in Google Slides

Regardless of which method you use to add a GIF in a Google Slides Template, you can reorder, rotate, and adjust your animation via right-click menu, including going to Format Options. Furthermore, GIFs can also be resized and positioned on a slide via drag and drop.

accessing format options in Google Slides

The Format Options menu in Google Slides gives a comprehensive set of features to help you adjust the appearance of your GIF, with the ability to resize, rotate, recolor, and add effects such as a shadow and reflection to it.

using format options to edit a GIF in Google Slides

Whether you’re using a third-party GIF or a custom animation you made yourself, make sure you have the necessary authorization to use it to avoid any licensing issues. GIF animations can be a clever addition to slide decks to help you add value to your slides and make the content engaging enough to avoid boring your audience with static imagery and several blocks of text. Besides, when you might be in a fix to explain something, a GIF might say it all!

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