How to disable animated pictures in browsers

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
Computer Hope animated gif

Animated pictures (GIF89a) like the one shown to the right can become annoying at times or not necessary. 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.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

In the Internet Explorer menu bar, click on Tools and then Options. In the Internet Options window that opens, click on the Advanced tab, then scroll down about half way 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.

Disable animated gif in Internet Explorer



In the Firefox address bar, type about:config. Click the "I'll be careful, I promise" button. In the Filter bar, type image, then find the entry for image.animation_mode. Double-click this option and set the value to none in the pop-up window and click the OK button. Close and restart Firefox for the setting change to take effect.

Disable Firefox animated gif images


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 can sometimes accomplish the task of "pausing" the animated GIFs, but they do not turn off the animated completely.

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