How to properly add animated GIFs in Google Docs

You can say a lot with the right animated GIF in your Google Docs, whether it’s to explain concepts better or to make your presentation slides shine. Unlike before, animated GIFs play seamlessly in Google Docs and other apps like Slides, Drawings, and Forms.

This article will show you how to insert animated GIFs into Google Docs. The process is similar to other apps in the Google Drive suite.

The first step in adding animated GIFs to a Google Doc is to choose an appropriate GIF. Make sure the animation adds to the content and isn’t an afterthought. Then use these simple methods:

Insert an animated GIF by dragging and dropping

The drag-and-drop method is the easiest and fastest way once you’ve saved your animated GIF to your computer.

  1. Open the Google Doc.
  2. Place the cursor where you want to add the GIF file.
  3. Drag and drop the GIF, then use the formatting buttons to adjust the position and appearance as needed.

Use Google Search in Google Docs

You can use Google Image Search to browse the world of GIFs. Combining your keywords can help you find the right GIF for your presentation.

  1. Place the cursor where you want to insert the GIF.
  2. Go to Insert > Image > Research on the Internet. The Google Search sidebar appears.
  3. In the search box, type a search phrase and add “animated GIF” to it.
    Searching for images by keyword in Google Docs
  4. Click the magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner of the thumbnail to open a search window. Insight and see if the image animates.
  5. Check the license terms (at the bottom of the window) before selecting Insert to add the animated GIF to the document.

You can also drag and drop the image onto the document or select the thumbnail image and click Insert in the sidebar. But it’s always better to preview the image and see if it’s available for public use.

Use animated GIF image URL

You can also find the animated GIF file from Google Image Search in any browser. For more variety, visit sites like Giphy and Tumblr to find animated GIFs.

  1. Enter your keyword in the image search engine.
  2. Go to Tools > Write > GIF to filter animated GIFs from the rest of the image types.
    Animated GIF image type in Google Image Search
  3. Select the image and open it in its actual resolution in the image search sidebar. Right click on the image and select Copy the image address.
    Copy of animated image address
  4. Open your document. Place your cursor where you want. Go to Insert > Image > By URL.
  5. Paste the address of the image you copied in the previous step. Then click on Insert in the image box that appears. The animated GIF is added to your document in the location you selected.
    Insert a GIF into Google Docs

Note : Make sure to copy the URL ending in .GIF, not the search URL. Otherwise, GIF files will not work. Again, some images may be copyrighted. So ask for permission before using GIF files. Google Image Search and Advanced Google Image Search allow you to search for images with “Usage Rights”.

You can also create your own GIFs and insert them into Google Docs and Slides. All document types in Google Drive accept animated GIFs, but they are most useful in Docs and Slides. Animated GIFs can be easily copied and pasted between Drive apps without losing their properties.

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