How to properly add animated GIFs in Google Docs

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 better explain concepts or to make your presentation slides shine. Unlike previously, animated GIFs play smoothly in Google Docs and other apps like Slides, Drawings, and Forms.

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

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

Insert an animated GIF by simple drag and drop

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 document.
  2. Place the cursor where you want to add the GIF file.
  3. Drag and drop the GIF file, then use the formatting controls to adjust position and appearance as needed.

Use Google Search in Google Docs

You can use Google’s 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 > Picture > Research on the Web. The Google Search side panel 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 and click Insert in the sidebar. But it is always better to preview the image and see if it is 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. Type your search keyword into the image search engine.
  2. Go to Tools > Type > 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 side panel. Right-click on the image and select Copy image address.
    Copy of animated image address
  4. Open your document. Place your cursor where you want. Go to Insert > Picture > 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 at the location you chose.
    Insert a GIF in Google Docs

Note : Be sure to copy the URL that ends 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 Google Image Advanced Search allow you to search for images by “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’re most useful in Docs and Slides. Animated GIFs can be easily copied and pasted between Drive apps without losing their properties.