Updated: 05/01/2023 by Computer Hope
Computer Hope animated GIF

A standard introduced in 1989 to replace the original GIF87a standard. The GIF89a standard is commonly called an animated GIF because of it's ability to create animated pictures as a single image. However, this standard also gives a GIF (graphics interchange format) the ability of being a transparent image. In the animated image on this page, the animated GIF displays " Free computer help!" (if the browser supports animated images).


Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key+. to insert an animated GIF while in Windows.

How big is an animated GIF?

There are many factors that determines the size of an animated GIF. Some of these include the dimensions of the image, color depth, and number of frames in the animation.


Because an animated GIF has multiple images (frames) that make up the animated GIF, it's file size is always be bigger than a non animated GIF.

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