Google Slides is a powerful tool for creating presentations, and adding GIFs can make your slides more visually appealing and interactive. In this tutorial, we will show you how to insert a GIF into your Google Slides presentation .

Step 1: Find a GIF

The first step is to find a GIF that you want to include in your presentation. There are several websites where you can find GIFs, such as Giphy, Tenor, or even by doing a Google search for “GIFs”. Once you have found the perfect GIF, save it to your computer.

Step 2: Open Google Slides

Next, open Google Slides and create a new presentation or open an existing one. Make sure you are signed in to your Google account.

Step 3: Insert the GIF

To insert the GIF into your slide, go to the slide where you want to add the GIF. Click on the “Insert” tab in the menu bar, and then select “Image”.

A window will appear where you can choose the image you want to insert. Click on the “Upload from computer” option and select the GIF file from your computer.

Once the GIF is uploaded, it will appear on your slide. You can resize and reposition the GIF as needed by clicking and dragging the corners or edges of the image.

Step 4: Adjust the GIF settings

By default, the GIF will play automatically when you reach the slide during the presentation. However, you can customize the settings of the GIF by right-clicking on it and selecting “Format options”.

In the “Format options” panel, you can choose whether the GIF should start playing automatically or when clicked. You can also set the animation to loop or play just once.

Step 5: Preview and present

Once you have inserted and adjusted the GIF, it’s a good idea to preview your presentation to make sure everything looks as expected. Click on the “Present” button in the top-right corner to start the presentation.

During the presentation, when you reach the slide with the GIF, it will play according to the settings you have chosen. You can click on the GIF to start or stop the animation if you have set it to play when clicked.

Tips for using GIFs in Google Slides

Here are some additional tips to help you make the most out of using GIFs in your Google Slides presentations:

  • Choose GIFs that are relevant to your content and enhance your message.
  • Avoid using GIFs that are too distracting or take away from the main focus of your presentation.
  • Consider the file size of the GIF to ensure smooth playback during the presentation.
  • Experiment with different animation settings to find the one that works best for your slide.
  • Remember to credit the source of the GIF if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add multiple GIFs to a single slide?

Yes, you can add multiple GIFs to a single slide in Google Slides. Simply follow the same steps mentioned above to insert each GIF onto the slide.

Can I resize the GIF after inserting it into Google Slides?

Yes, you can resize the GIF by clicking and dragging the corners or edges of the image. This allows you to adjust the size of the GIF to fit your slide layout.

Can I search for GIFs directly within Google Slides?

Currently, Google Slides does not have a built-in feature to search for GIFs directly within the application. However, you can use external websites or search engines to find the GIFs you want to include in your presentation.


Adding GIFs to your Google Slides presentation can bring your slides to life and make them more engaging. By following the simple steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily insert GIFs into your Google Slides and customize their settings to suit your presentation needs.

For more information on using Google Slides, you can visit the Google Slides Help Center.