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The animation I downloaded isn't animated anymore.
Animated GIFs are meant for use on a website. While they are also supported in animated GIF editors and most email software, they are NOT supported in Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint) or most other applications. If you insert an animated GIF into one of these programs, it will only give you the first frame of the animation.

If you still wish to verify that your image is animated, drag its icon into your browser window -- if it is working, it should run the animation sequence there. In the highly unlikely event that the image is "broken" (does not run the animation sequence when you drag it into your browser window), try downloading a similar image from's site. Otherwise, follow the instructions below to edit and use animated GIFs:

Editing animated GIF images

  • To keep the animation effect, open or insert your image in an animated GIF editor. If you do not have one, visit to find Windows shareware, or to download GIFConverter (Mac only).

  • If you wish to incorporate animations into a presentation, Macromedia's Director supports animation, video, and audio. A free 30-day trial version is available at

Using animated GIFs in web pages

Many HTML editors will display animations as static while the page is being laid out, then display them as animated when the page is launched.

  • Use "IMG SRC" tags to load the animation (just as you would a static image).

  • Launch the page.
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