GIF Support in Windows operating system

Graphical Interchange Format or GIF is the most popular digital image formats. GIF images support only 256 colors, which make them ideal for the display of line art, charts, graphs, and text. This format is widely used in World Wide Web. If the graphic design program is uninstalled from the Windows computer, the saved GIF files may no longer open in the correct format. There are steps that will implement GIF support with just a few clicks. The article contains the instructions for it.

Instructions by Windows 7 support

These steps will guide the users through the steps for adding GIF support in Windows 7 operating system. The steps are as follows:

1. Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Navigate to a folder containing a GIF file.
  • Right-click the GIF file’s icon and select Properties.
  • Select the General tab, and then click the Change button.
  • Single-click the Microsoft Internet Explorer item.
  • Click the Browse button, navigate to the C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer folder and double-click the iexplore icon.
  • Check the box labeled Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, and then click OK to confirm the change.
  • When you double-click the icon of any GIF file, the file will now open in an Internet Explorer browser window.
  • Navigate to a folder containing a GIF file.
  • Right-click the GIF file’s icon and select Properties.
  • Select the General tab, and then click the Change button.
  • Single-click the Paint item.
  • Check the box labeled Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, and then click OK to confirm the change.
  • When you double-click the icon of any GIF file, the file will now open in Microsoft Paint.
  • Navigate to a folder containing a GIF file
  • Right-click the GIF file’s icon and select Properties.
  • Select the General tab
  • Click the Change button.
  • Single-click the Windows Live Photo Gallery item.
  • Check the box labeled Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, and then click OK to confirm the change.
  • When you double-click the icon of any GIF file, the file will now open in Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery.

2. Microsoft Paint

3. Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery

These Windows 7 support will guide the users through the steps for adding GIF format.

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