How to save animated GIF from PowerPoint slideshow

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  • The animated images can be used from a fun eye-catcher to alternative information material and ensure the attention of your audience.
  • Powerpoint gives you the option to save animated GIFs from a slideshow with the feature Export/Save As Animated GIF.
  • To learn more about this great Office application, check out our thorough Microsoft Powerpoint webpage.
  • Take a look at our How-to section for other helpful troubleshooting guides.
Ho to save animated GIF from PowerPoint slideshow

You want to create a PowerPoint presentation and you are looking for a way to lighten up your content a little? Or you just had an idea for an animated GIF but didn’t know where to get started?

Then GIF files might be a good choice in addition to videos and pictures.

What does GIF mean?

The GIF format is one of the oldest file formats for pixel images and it means graphics interchange format.

What makes GIFs stand out is that they can display motion. GIF works in a similar way to flip-books: a stack of images is shown in quick succession.

This article explains below how you can easily save animated GIFs from PowerPoint slideshow. All instructions listed here apply to PowerPoint in Microsoft Office 365.

How can I save an animated GIF from a PowerPoint slideshow?

1. Convert slideshow into GIF file

Convert slideshow to an animated GIF from PowerPoint slideshow

  1. Open your desired presentation in PowerPoint, and go to File.
  2. Click on Export, and select Create an Animated GIF.
  3. Choose the desired minimum Seconds spent on each slide.
  4. Select Create GIF, and PowerPoint will now save your presentation as a GIF.
  5. The saved file will be a continuously looping GIF and you can not change it to a finite number of repetitions.

With the feature Export/Save As Animated GIF, you can now create your ideas in PowerPoint.

All animations and media (such as GIF) on your slides will be included in the saved GIF file.

Note: If a slide in your file is hidden, it will be skipped entirely when the GIF is created.


2. Convert slides individually into GIF files

Convert an animated GIF from PowerPoint slideshow

  1. Open the presentation in PowerPoint, and select File.
  2. Click on Save, select the desired location and change the File type to GIF.
  3. If you click on the Save button, you can save either the current slide or all slides as GIF.
  4. Click on the Current slide option to convert each individual slide into a GIF.

The Create GIF function takes into account shapes, text, images, SVGs, videos, animated GIFs, 3D models, and all animations and slide transitions from PowerPoint.

It is advisable to let the PowerPoint file run as a slide show before exporting it. This will give you a clear idea in advance of how your animated GIF file will look.

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