How to Play GIF Files

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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.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Open Office

  • Internet Explorer

  • QuickTime

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