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What's a safe program for opening gif files?

by D.Riley / September 28, 2014 3:52 AM PDT

My Worship Team leader creates the monthly schedule using Excel, and the email attachment has a gif file extension which my computer won't open. I see all sorts of programs on the internet that I can download to do this, but I'm hesitant to download something I'm not familiar with. Can you recommend a safe program for converting gif files into something Microsoft word will open?

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by Jimmy Greystone / September 28, 2014 4:09 AM PDT

Irfranview comes to mind. Small, fast and surprisingly capable given the first two. There's also virtually any web browser if all you want to do is view the image. GIF was one of the most popular image formats in the early days of the web and as a result all the major browsers will support viewing GIF images.

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Re: opening gif-files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 28, 2014 4:24 AM PDT

If I right-click on a gif file in Windows Explorer, it lets me choose from Internet Explorer, Irfanview, Microsoft Office 2010, Paint, Picasa picture viewer and Quicktime player. Are you saying that list is empty with you?

Also, in Word 2010 (and I really think it works in earlier versions also) I can go to Insert>Picture in the ribbon and browse to a gif-file (that I saved on my hard disk if it came as an e-mail attachment. So even Microsoft Word handels this file quite nice (it even shrinks it to fit on one page), which Internet Explorer and most of the other programs I listed won't do automatically. Are you saying MS Word with you can't insert a gif-file?

In the list of programs with you is empty, none of those programs work, and MS Word can't insert a gif-file, something is very wrong with your PC. Then I would find a local guru or repair shop to fix that for you.

For the moment, I see no reason to download anything.


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GIF are images
by orlbuckeye / September 28, 2014 10:27 PM PDT

and words files are documents. Gifs can be attached and inserted in word Docs.

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