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How to Add a GIF to Google Slides in 60 Seconds

A GIF animation is a great way to add fun variety to your presentation. They can be much more engaging than still images, because motion does a better job capturing audience attention. In this screencast, you’ll learn multiple ways to add GIFs to Google Slides in just 60 seconds.

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One way to add interest to your presentation is by adding GIFs. Let’s dive into our tutorial on how to put a GIF in Google Slides.

How to Add a GIF to Google Slides (Watch & Learn)


NoteWatch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video.

1. Add a Downloaded GIF Image

Add a new GIF image
Drag and drop a GIF image from your computer onto a Google Slides presentation to insert it.

The easiest way to add a GIF is to simply drag a GIF file and drop it onto your presentation. Navigate to the location on your computer where the image is stored, click it, and drag to drop it onto the slide.

2. Move and Resize a GIF Image

Move and resize a GIF image
Click and drag to reposition the GIF anywhere on the slide.

Once it appears on the slide, you can manipulate the image just like any other. Click and drag to move the GIF to a different place, or grab a corner and pull to resize and reshape. You could also add multiple GIFs to a single slide. Be careful, though—too many and you risk distracting your audience. 

3. Add a GIF From a URL

There are other great ways to add GIFs to your presentation. Suppose there’s a GIF you want to use online, but you don’t have it downloaded. No problem. You can actually host a GIF at a web URL and Google Slides will pull it right onto the slide. Just be sure the creator has the GIF licensed for use in others’ work. 

Add a GIF from a URL
Go to the Insert > Image > By URL menu to drop in a GIF URL.

When you’re ready to insert a GIF from a URL, navigate to the Insert tab on the Slides ribbon, select Image, and then click By URL. Then simply paste in your URL and click Insert in the dialog box. 

The GIF will instantly appear on your slide, able to be resized and scaled like any other. If you’re planning to use your presentation over a long period of time, be sure to monitor the URL from time to time to make sure the GIF is still there.

4. Finishing Up

As you can see, GIF images bring new life to a presentation. They’re a modern and fun visual way to tell your story and communicate your message. Start using them today and watch your audience become more engaged.

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