How to Copy and Paste Animated GIFs

By C.K. Adams

Animated GIFs flash an image sequence like a video; only the images loop one after the other. Online galleries allow you to view and download animated GIFs straight from the Web, but you can copy the GIF and paste it to a location on your computer or into a word processing program. You can make these animated files play by opening them in Internet Explorer or other Web browsers that support these image files.

Step 1

Locate an animated GIF in an online gallery or on your computer. Some animated GIF galleries include, and Animation Factory (see Resources).

Step 2

Open the image in Internet Explorer or another Web browser that supports the copying and pasting of animated GIFs. Right-click the animated GIF and select "Copy." The GIF image saves to your clipboard.

Step 3

Navigate to your desktop or a folder on your computer. Right-click on an empty space, and select "Paste" or press "Ctrl" and "V" on your keyboard to paste. Alternatively, open a blank document in MS Word or another word processing program that you can save as a Web page, click on "File" and select "Paste" or press "Ctrl" and "V" on your keyboard.

Step 4

Click "File" and select "Save As" if you pasted an animated GIF into a word processing program. Enter a new file name and click on "Web Page" in the "Save as type" drop-down menu.

Step 5

Double-click the animated GIF file to view the animation in your Web browser.