cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Victor Bezrukov

I am among the many afflicted by the ds1o6 fever of animated GIFs.

Riddle me this; why oh why, Grand Oracle of Google, can one actually upload an ainamted GIF to Google Drive but not be allowed to use it?

Here is an animated GIF I made from Pulp Fiction that is uploaded and animates nicely in a my Google Drive.

It animates.


In editing something in the Drive I can select it fine:

but try putting it in a Google Doc

or a presentation

Unsupported format.

If I check out the help docs, I get

Using images is a great way to make your presentations more colorful. Here are a few ways to insert an image into your presentation…

Inserted images must be in .PNG, .JPEG or .GIF (no animated GIFs) file formats

No reason.

Just no.

Why Google can not Thou alloweth thine GIFs to animate?


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  • Stephanie Williams

    I was not able to find any new info on your blog regarding google sites and animated gifs, so I thought I’d share in case you were still trying to work it out.

    Upload the animated .gif to Google Drive, create a new Google Drawing, insert the .gif image. Then on your site, insert ‘Drawing’.

    • Alan Levine aka CogDog

      Thanks! It looks like they changed their tools, because you can actually upload in any document, presentation via the upload image. Google woke up, yay

      • Nick Shontz

        FYI, It seems like this may be a slow rollout because i’m still getting the unsupported format error.

        • Alan Levine aka CogDog

          Wow, thats interesting. I guess thats the Google way, and why its not in their help docs yet.

  • Vita

    Thank youuu! :)) Now I’ll be able to put this into my presentation – !

  • wahinemonkey

    How do you upload them to google drive so that when you open it it actually moves??

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