How to Play GIF Files

By Andrew Smith

Graphical Interchange Format, known at "GIF," is a file that contains a short video image. This video might be a three-second clip that was taken from a longer file, or several different pictures combined to make a looping "video" file. GIFs can be located on websites, in Internet forums or created using a variety of different software programs. There are several free software programs that are fully compatible with GIFs, and that allow you to preview and play these files.

Things You'll Need

  • Open Office
  • Internet Explorer
  • QuickTime

Open Office Draw

Step 1

Open the Open Office Draw software. A blank "Draw" document appears.

Step 2

Click "File" at the top of the Draw program. A menu appears. Select "Open." A window opens.

Step 3

Find and click the "GIF" file inside of the window that you want to play using the Draw program. The GIF file becomes highlighted.

Step 4

Click "Open" in the window. The GIF plays in Open Office Draw.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Right-click over the GIF file that you want to play. A menu opens on the screen.

Step 2

Put the cursor over "Open With" located in the opened menu. A menu that contains a list of software programs installed on the computer appears.

Step 3

Click "Internet Explorer" in the second menu. The GIF plays in Internet Explorer.

QuickTime

Step 1

Open QuickTime.

Step 2

Click "File" at the top of the QuickTime window. A menu appears.

Step 3

Select "Open File." A QuickTime "Open a File" window appears on the screen.

Step 4

Click the GIF file in the window. Then, click "Open." The GIF file appears inside the QuickTime window.

Step 5

Click the "Play" button at the bottom of QuickTime. The GIF file plays.