Make an animated GIF from a slide show

Create a repeating animated GIF by simply saving your .pptx file as a .gif file.

Note: This feature has started rolling out on Windows and Mac to Office Insiders, and will be coming soon to PowerPoint for the web as well.

Save a presentation as an animated GIF

  1. Set up your presentation, complete with any illustrations, animations, and transitions you want.

  2. Select File > Export > Create an Animated GIF.

  3. The default quality is Medium. Use the dropdown box to change it to a higher or lower setting, if you prefer.

  4. Select the minimum Seconds spent on each slide. Time spent can be longer, but not shorter, than this minimum. See more details below under "Timing the slides."

  5. Select Create GIF.

    PowerPoint will begin saving your presentation as a GIF, and it'll notify you when it's done. Processing time depends on the file size and quality setting. The end result will be a continuously looping .gif file.

  1. Set up your presentation, complete with any illustrations, animations, and transitions you want.

  2. Select File > Export.

  3. In the dialog box, set the File Format to GIF and specify where the finished file should be saved.

  4. Select Export.

  5. The default quality is Medium. Use the dropdown box to change it to a higher or lower setting, if you prefer.

  6. Select the minimum Seconds spent on each slide. Time spent can be longer, but not shorter, than this minimum. See more details below under "Timing the slides."

  7. Select Create GIF.

    PowerPoint will begin saving your presentation as a GIF, and it'll notify you when it's done. Processing time depends on the file size and quality setting. The end result will be a continuously looping .gif file.

Timing the slides

When you save your presentation as GIF, you'll specify the Seconds spent on each slide. This is a minimum duration that applies to all slides.

  • The default value for this minimum setting is one second.

  • If a slide in your presentation has animations or media that add up to more than the minimum duration, that is fine. The full length of those animations or media are recorded in the GIF.

  • If a slide in your presentation has no animations or media, or if they exist but are less than the minimum duration, the slide is recorded for that minimum duration.

  • Any timings you set for transitions between slides are additional and don't count towards the Seconds spent on each slide.

Details about the finished GIF

  • The saved file will be a continuously looping GIF. PowerPoint doesn't let you change it to a finite number of repetitions.

  • All animations, transitions, and media (such as video or GIF) on your slides will be included in the finished GIF file.

  • If your slides don't include animations, transitions, or media, then the frames-per-second (FPS) rate of the finished GIF will be the inverse of the Seconds spent on each slide setting you choose when you create the GIF. For example, if the seconds spent on each slide is 1, that would be written in fraction form as 1/1. The inverse (for the frames per second) would also be 1/1 frames per second. If the seconds spent on each slide is 3, the fractional form would be 3/1, and the inverse would be 1/3 frames per second.

  • If a slide in your file is hidden, it will be skipped entirely when the GIF is created.

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