Want a great way to share your Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow on social media, your company intranet, or a blog? You can create an animated GIF of your PowerPoint presentation and share it with the world.
If you have PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 on Windows or Mac, creating an animated GIF is a breeze. Since the steps are slightly different, we will list them separately so that you can go directly to the platform you need.
Create an animated GIF in PowerPoint on Windows
Open your PowerPoint slideshow on your Windows computer and click File > Export.
Under Export, choose “Create an animated GIF.”
On the right, select the quality from the drop-down list at the top. It defaults to medium, but you can choose small, large, or extra large if you want.
Optionally, you can check the box ‘Make background transparent’.
By default, the number of seconds to spend on each slide is set to one second. This refers to a minimum number of seconds per slide. If you have animations that are longer than the minimum, they will be included. Transitions between slides do not count towards this minimum. You can use the arrows to increase the number of seconds or enter a number in the box.
You can include all slides in your presentation, or a specified number of slides, using the arrows or number boxes.
Once everything is set up, click on ‘Create GIF’. You should now be able to see your new presentation GIF in the location you chose.
Create an Animated GIF in PowerPoint on Mac
Open your presentation in PowerPoint for Mac and click File > Export in the menu bar.
In the Export window, choose a location to save the file. You can rename it and optionally add tags. If you want to save it online, click “Online Locations” and choose your place.
Select “Animated GIF” from the File Format drop-down list.
Image quality is set to medium by default, but you can choose small, large, or extra large if you want. If you want a transparent background, check that box next to Background.
Another default setting is the number of seconds spent on each slide, which is one second. As in Windows, this refers to a minimum duration of each slide, which includes animations, and transitions do not count towards the minimum. You can adjust this by using the arrows or by entering a few seconds in that box.
You can use all the slides in your presentation, or a specific set of slides, using the arrows or the number boxes.
When you’re done, click ‘Export’. Then go to the location where you saved the file and grab your GIF.
Comments on your animated GIF
Here are just a few things to keep in mind for your animated GIF.
- The finished GIF is continuously repeated. This is currently not an adjustable setting.
- Hidden slides are not included in the GIF. Make sure to unhide those slides first if you want them in the GIF.
- Media such as videos or other GIFs, animations and transitions are included in the GIF.
Hopefully, this handy Microsoft PowerPoint tip will help you quickly and easily share your presentation wherever you want. You can also save a slide as an image if you want to give that a try!
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