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Windows 7: Why did microsoft decide not to support .gif viewing?

26 Nov 2009   #1

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Why did microsoft decide not to support .gif viewing?

I hated that Vista didn't have the ability to open up a .gif image of a small clip, I thought they would change this in 7 - but nope.

Is there any chance they would release support for them in an update eventually?

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26 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think it's just the photo viewer that won't play them. Right click on a .gif file, select Open With and choose Internet Explorer or Firefox and you should be able to view it.
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26 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

The way I understand the issue with Gif images is that the actual format (especially the animation), is a semi proprietary one and has been the subject of several legal battles in the past.

I think Microsoft simply decided some time ago that apart from the web they would not support the format to avoid potential future issues
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26 Nov 2009   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

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27 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7

I've got Irfan, it gets a lot of use. It was just really convenient when I was able to view the animations in the standard image viewer in Windows.
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27 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7

You can view it in Windows Photo viewer if u right click on the image and select Preview
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28 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 (7600)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rakeshz View Post
You can view it in Windows Photo viewer if u right click on the image and select Preview
It's the same thing as double clicking it. Won't do much good.

To set it to open default in IE or Irfan

Right click the .gif

Open With

Choose default program...

Click on Internet Explorer/Irfan

Tick "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file"

Press OK
I'm gonna give IrfanView a try now.
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03 Dec 2009   #8

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon

GIF images open in Windows Live Photo Gallery.
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 Why did microsoft decide not to support .gif viewing?

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