How to Open GIFs

How to Open GIFs

While many web browsers will play GIFS, you might want to open them in other programs. This wikiHow will show you how to open GIFs using a web browser, Quick Look on Mac, or Photos in Windows.

Method 1 of 3:
Using a Web Browser on a Computer

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Navigate to the GIF in your file browser. If you're using a Windows computer, you'll most likely search through your File Explorer to locate your file. If you're using a Mac computer, you'll most likely search Finder to locate your GIF.
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Right-click the GIF. When you right-click the GIF, a menu will open to the right of your cursor.
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Hover over Open with. This is usually in the second grouping of menu options and a list of programs and applications that can open or play the GIF will pop-up.
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Click to select your web browser. Popular browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer. If your browser isn't in the list, click Choose another app at the bottom of the menu. This will open a list of all the applications on your computer, including your web browser.
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Method 2 of 3:
Using Quick Look on Mac

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Open Finder
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Finder is a program that is always running in the background when your Mac is on, so you can press Alt+Tab ↹ to open it. You can also press ⌘ Cmd+N. [1] X Research source You'll also see the application's icon in your Dock.
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Navigate to the GIF. The default save location for most of your downloads is the "Downloads" folder, so you might want to check there if you can't find it.
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Press the Space bar when you have your GIF selected. The file should highlight in blue to indicate it is selected. When you press the Space bar, a Quick Look window will open.[2] X Research source
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Method 3 of 3:
Using Photos in Windows

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Navigate to the GIF in your file explorer. The default save location for most of your downloads is the "Downloads" folder, so you might want to check there if you can't find it.
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Right-click the GIF. When you right-click the GIF, a menu will open to the right of your cursor.
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Hover over Open With. This is usually in the second grouping of menu options and a list of programs and applications that can open or play the GIF will pop-up.
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Click to select Photos. The application will open with your GIF. You can view the animated image, but you cannot edit or pause it. [3] X Research source
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Method 1 of 3:
Using a Web Browser on a Computer

Image titled Open GIFs Step 1
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Navigate to the GIF in your file browser. If you're using a Windows computer, you'll most likely search through your File Explorer to locate your file. If you're using a Mac computer, you'll most likely search Finder to locate your GIF.
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Right-click the GIF. When you right-click the GIF, a menu will open to the right of your cursor.
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Hover over Open with. This is usually in the second grouping of menu options and a list of programs and applications that can open or play the GIF will pop-up.
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Click to select your web browser. Popular browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer. If your browser isn't in the list, click Choose another app at the bottom of the menu. This will open a list of all the applications on your computer, including your web browser.
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Method 2 of 3:
Using Quick Look on Mac

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Open Finder
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Finder is a program that is always running in the background when your Mac is on, so you can press Alt+Tab ↹ to open it. You can also press ⌘ Cmd+N. [1] X Research source You'll also see the application's icon in your Dock.
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Navigate to the GIF. The default save location for most of your downloads is the "Downloads" folder, so you might want to check there if you can't find it.
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Press the Space bar when you have your GIF selected. The file should highlight in blue to indicate it is selected. When you press the Space bar, a Quick Look window will open.[2] X Research source
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Method 3 of 3:
Using Photos in Windows

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Navigate to the GIF in your file explorer. The default save location for most of your downloads is the "Downloads" folder, so you might want to check there if you can't find it.
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Right-click the GIF. When you right-click the GIF, a menu will open to the right of your cursor.
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Hover over Open With. This is usually in the second grouping of menu options and a list of programs and applications that can open or play the GIF will pop-up.
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Click to select Photos. The application will open with your GIF. You can view the animated image, but you cannot edit or pause it. [3] X Research source
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