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I have an animated gif that plays once (no loop). In PowerPoint, I want it to play when it appears on the slide, on a click. Right now, it seems to play before it appears. Is there a way to delay playing it until it appears?

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    30 second Google search using your exact question title found THIS as the second result. Seems credible, but I've never done it. – Scott Jan 25 '18 at 19:00
  • Thanks for this link. I didn't see that in my search results. It's a crafty technique, but I can't have it happen on click of a specific image. – itsmikem Jan 25 '18 at 19:17
  • Seems the first slide of that sample presentation does exactly what you are asking. – Scott Jan 25 '18 at 19:21
  • It does, but it's for a presentation and when the speaker is up at the podium, the clicker sends a signal for "next slide," not "clicked a specific image on the slide." Subtle but critical difference. – itsmikem Jan 25 '18 at 19:23
  • You could modify the gif so that the first frame displays for a set amount of time, long enough for the slide to fully draw in. – 13ruce Oct 15 '18 at 18:05
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I realize that this answer is coming long after the question was asked, but hopefully, it will help somebody someday...

What you can simply do is duplicate the original slide, and place your animated gif ONLY in the second slide. The second slide will appear on a click (anywhere), and the gif will automatically begin playing as that second slide is loaded. Although the slide is duplicated, it appears to the audience as a single slide.

If you want the image of the gif to be continuously displayed prior to the animation, a la the Bart Simpson in the previous example, then you can insert a still image in the first slide in the same place as the animation will appear.

Note that you might have to make other small modifications. For example, if you have some objects which you want to appear as if they are on the same slide as the animated gif, and which themselves are animated, for example, to fade in, prior to the gif being animated, you need to remove the animation from these objects on the duplicated slide, so that they do not fade in for a second time.

  • I up[vote because this does seem like the simplest (and certainly a well-working) approach. As with all things regarding Office, I sure hope someone finds and posts a same-slide more direct approach, but I know there isn't likely one... – theforestecologist Oct 31 '18 at 14:33

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