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How to add a GIF to Google Slides

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March 24, 2022

Google Slides allows you to put together slideshow presentations for any occasion. If you want to make a point or demonstrate something, then you may want to add images. Google Slides supports many different image file types, including GIFs. Let’s go over how to add a GIF to Google Slides.

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To insert a GIF on Google Slides, copy its URL in a browser. When you go back to Google Slides, click Insert Image By URL. Paste the URL of your GIF in the empty field, then click Insert to add it to your presentation. Alternatively, you can upload it from Google Drive or directly from your computer.


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How to insert a GIF from the web

This first method requires you to first have a URL address for the GIF you wish to insert. If you simply right-click the GIF image on Google, copy it, and then paste it into Google Slides, all you will see is a still image of the GIF.

Go to Google and find your desired GIF. Right-click it and, from the subsequent dropdown menu, click Copy image address.

find your gif and copy its url
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Head back to Google Drive and open your Google Slides presentation. Click Insert, then hover your cursor over Image. From the extended menu, click By URL.

location of By URL within google slides
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Paste the copied URL in the Paste URL of image… field.

insert the gif as an image on google docs by url
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Once you’ve pasted the URL, a preview will automatically appear where the URL field was. Click INSERT.

click insert when prompted
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When it appears on your slide, you can click and drag the GIF into place as you wish.

relocate the GIF on the page as you wish
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How to add a GIF from your computer

Another way to add a GIF to your slide is to simply upload it directly to the presentation from your computer. GIFs are accepted in their native image file type, so this is a very easy process.

Open your Google Slides presentation and click the Insert tab in the toolbar at the top. Hover your cursor over Image, then, from the extended menu, click Upload from computer.

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Locate the GIF on your computer, then select it. On most desktop PCs, File Explorer will open and you will need to double-click the file to add it to your slide.

locate the gif in your computer
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Relocate the GIF on the page as you see fit.

relocate the GIF on the page as you wish
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How to add a GIF from Google Drive

In order to use this method, you must have already uploaded your desired GIF to Google Drive. If you’ve done this, you can add it directly from there to your slide.

From your Google Slides presentation, click Insert and hover your cursor over Image. From the extended menu, click Drive.

location of the drive option for images on google slides
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A sidebar will open on the right-hand side. Select your desired GIF, then click INSERT at the bottom.

inserting the GIF image from Google Drive
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Reposition the GIF on your slide as you see fit.

relocate the GIF on the page as you wish
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FAQs

Where are the GIFs on Google Slides?

To add any sort of GIF to your slide, you must paste the URL of a GIF, add it from your computer, or add it from Google Drive.

Does Google Slides allow videos?

Yes – Slides accept videos from a variety of file formats.