Adding an animated GIF to your Word document is useful when you want to convey a message, demonstrate an activity, grab the audience’s attention, or just add some humor. Here’s how to add an animated GIF in Microsoft Word.
Word allows you to insert animated GIFs that are stored on your computer̵
First, open Word and place the cursor on the location of the document where you want the GIF to appear. In the Illustrations group of the Insert tab, click Pictures. Choose “This Device” from the drop-down menu.
File Explorer opens. Find and select the GIF you want to insert. Click on ‘Insert’.
The GIF will appear in your Microsoft Word document. You will see a pause icon in the lower left corner of the image. Clicking it pauses the animation.
You will also see the alt text at the bottom of the GIF. Word automatically tries to add alt text for you, but it is not always correct. Write descriptive alt text to make your Word document more accessible. To edit the alt text of your GIF, click on the text at the bottom.
You can also right-click on the GIF and then select “Edit Alt Text” from the context menu.
The Alt Text panel appears on the right side of the window. Type the desired alternative text in the text box.
Now not only have you inserted a GIF into your Microsoft Word document, but you have made it accessible to everyone.