From Static to Dynamic: Keeping Your GIFs Animated Across Platforms


As an expert, how would I transfer an animated GIF that is currently embedded in a PowerPoint slide into a Google Slides presentation without losing its animation? I’m compiling a digital portfolio for my art university application and wish to include some animated GIFs I’ve created. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the original GIF files; they are only inserted in the PowerPoint presentation. Attempts to directly copy and paste the GIF into Google Slides resulted in a static image, and trying to save the GIF as an image file from PowerPoint also led to a loss of animation. What is the correct method to move an animated GIF from PowerPoint to Google Slides promptly?


Creating a digital portfolio for an art university application is an exciting endeavor, and including animated GIFs can add a dynamic touch to your presentation. However, transferring these animations from PowerPoint to Google Slides can be tricky if you haven’t saved the original files. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you move your GIFs without losing the animation.

Step 1: Locate the GIF in PowerPoint

First, open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide containing the GIF you want to transfer.

Step 2: Save the GIF Properly

  • Right-click on the GIF.
  • Select ‘Save as Picture’.
  • In the dialog box, choose a location to save the file and make sure to select the ‘GIF’ format from the ‘Save as type’ dropdown menu.
  • Click ‘Save’.

Step 3: Insert the GIF into Google Slides

  • Open your Google Slides presentation.
  • Click on the slide where you want to insert the GIF.
  • Go to the ‘Insert’ menu.
  • Select ‘Image’, then ‘Upload from computer’.
  • Locate the GIF file you saved from PowerPoint and select it.
  • Click ‘Open’ to insert the GIF into your slide.

Step 4: Adjust as Needed

Once inserted, you may need to adjust the size or position of the GIF to fit your slide’s layout.


By following these steps, you should be able to include animated GIFs in your Google Slides presentation, adding a lively element to your art portfolio. Remember, it’s crucial to save the GIF in the correct format from PowerPoint to preserve the animation when transferring it to Google Slides. Good luck with your application!

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