How to Save Animated GIFs to the Computer

By Andrew Smith

Animated GIF files are made up of either a series of different images or from a short clip of a larger video file. You can safe any GIFs you encounter while browsing the Web or reading through emails. If saved improperly, however, only one image of the animated GIF is saved on the computer. Saving the file in the right format and opening it in a proper format allows you to view and even edit GIFs.

Things You'll Need

  • Image editing software (For example Corel PaintShop or Adobe Photoshop)

Saving GIFs

Step 1

Place your cursor over the GIF file you're saving.

Step 2

Right-click over the file. A menu opens.

Step 3

Click "Save Image As" inside of the menu. A window opens.

Step 4

Click the "Save as type" drop-down menu at the bottom of the open window. Several file options appear. Choose "GIF Image" inside the menu.

Step 5

Click "Save." The GIF is saved on the computer.

Opening GIFs

Step 1

Open a program compatible with GIFs. Opening a Web browser window is OK if you aren't editing the file.

Step 2

Click "File" at the top of the image software program or Web browser. A menu appears.

Step 3

Select "Open" or "Open File." A window opens.

Step 4

Locate and click the GIF file inside the window.

Step 5

Click "Open." The GIF file opens inside the program or browser window.