How to disable animated pictures in Internet browsers
Animated pictures (GIF89a) like the one shown to the right can sometimes become annoying or unnecessary. If you want to disable animated GIFs in your Internet browser, this page gives you instructions for all the major browsers.
This page only covers disabling animated GIFs and not Flash or Java animations. Disabling those types of animation require disabling Flash and Java altogether.
Disabling animated pictures in Google Chrome
At this time, there is no option for turning off animated GIFs in Google Chrome. Several people have developed extensions (add-ons) that sometimes accomplish the task of "pausing" the animated GIFs, but they do not turn off the animated images completely.
Disabling animated pictures in Firefox
In the Firefox address bar, type about:config. Click the "Accept the Risk and Continue" button. In the Search bar, type image, then find the entry for image.animation_mode in the search results. Double-click this option, set the value to none, and click the checkmark button. Close and restart Firefox for the setting change to take effect.
Disabling animated pictures in Internet Explorer
In the Internet Explorer menu bar, click Tools and then Options. In the Internet Options window that opens, click the Advanced tab, then scroll down about halfway and find the option for Play animations in webpages. Uncheck the box next to this option and click the OK button. Close and restart the browser for the setting change to take effect.