How to Fix a GIF File

GIF stands for graphics interchange format. It is frequently used on the Web for photos, logos, graphics and even animations. Due to various system errors, GIF files may become corrupt. You may get an error message when you try to open one with your image editing software. Or if it does open, you may get a distorted image. However, you can fix and recover a GIF file.

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Click on "My Computer," or simply "Computer" for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Double-click on your hard drive and browse through your folders to locate the GIF file. You may also check your "My Pictures" folder on your "Start" menu to locate the GIF file.

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Right-click on the GIF file and select "Rename."

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Type a file name different than the original file name but using the same ".gif" file extension. Press the "Enter" key. Double-click on the file to see if it opens. Sometimes a simple rename can fix a corrupt GIF file. If it doesn't open, go to the next step.

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Download and install an image recovery program. "Davory," "PixRecovery" and "JPEG Recovery Pro Editor" can fix your GIF file easily. (See Resources.)

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Launch the image recovery program. Follow the guided on-screen prompts to locate the corrupted GIF file. Select a safe destination on your hard drive where you want the program to save a recovered version of the GIF file. Follow the rest of the prompts to end the task.