Adding a GIF to your PowerPoint presentation will spice it up and lighten the mood. Using videos is also a good way of displaying information in a fun way. However, GIFs have smaller file sizes and are usually faster. This guide provides a step-by-step guide on adding GIFs to PowerPoint.
Inserting a GIF
- If you do not have a GIF saved on your computer, first google and download a GIF for your presentation.
- In your PowerPoint presentation, go to the slide you want to add the GIF to. Then click on the Insert tab in the Ribbon bar.
- Select the Pictures tool.
- Navigate through your computer files to locate the GIF you want to use when the dialogue box launches. Select the GIF and click Insert.
Note: The GIF will only play during a slide show.
Moving and resizing the GIF
Now the GIF has been added to the presentation, it can be moved and resized to your liking.
- To move the GIF, place the cursor over the GIF, and the cursor will change to a cross pointer. Click and drag the GIF to your preferred position on the slide.
- To resize, move the cursor over any of the circles on the borderline of the GIF. The cursor will change to a double-sided arrow. Click and drag the circular point inwards or outwards of the GIF to make it smaller or bigger.
Adding an animation to the GIF
Once the GIF is in the presentation, you can apply special effects such as animations to enhance its appearance.
- On the Ribbon bar, click on the Animations tab.
- Select Add Animation in the “Advanced Animation” section. The Add Animation tool will list three categories of effects you can apply to the GIF.
–Entrance effects determine how the GIF will first appear on the slide.
–Emphasis effects control how the GIF gains attention during the presentation.
–Exit effects focus on what the GIF does when you click on the slide to remove the GIF.
You can use all three types of animations on the same GIF in Powerpoint.
- Choose the animations(s) you prefer to add to your GIF.
Preview your GIF in the slide show
When you’ve finished adding and customizing your GIF, it’s time to see how it looks in the slide show.
- To preview the GIF, click on the Slide Show tab on the Ribbon bar.
- Select From Begining in the “Start Slide Show” section.
The GIF will automatically play in the slide show presentation.