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How To Open A GIF File

GIF files—or Graphics Interchange Format files—is a bitmap image format introduced in 1987. GIF files support up to 8 bits per pixel for each image and short image animations.

If you need to open a GIF file, most computers are equipped with a basic picture viewer, such as Windows Photo Viewer. HowSpot.com recommends using GIMP because it provides a better quality viewing experience. To open your GIF file with GIMP, follow the instructions below.


  • 1

    Download and install GIMP, a free open-source photo viewing & editing software.

  • 2

    Locate the GIF image file you’d like to open. It will have the extension .gif.

  • 3

    Right-click on the GIF file, click Open With, and select GIMP to open your file.


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