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Set the number of loops of an animation

Posted on: Jul, 2010 By: Art Holden

Adding an animated .GIF to a PowerPoint presentation can be an easy way to call attention to a point or to add a bit of life to a slide.  But animated .GIFs should be used with caution.  Nobody wants to view a slide with to many distractions.

Typically, an animated GIF is set to loop forever and ever. If you spend any amount of time on a slide, this can get distracting for your audience. Wouldn't it be great if the animation stopped after a few moments?

How to set the number of loops

With this in mind, you can use an option in our custom animation (GIF) creator in our animations section.  You can now set the number of times our animations loop before they stop. The number is set to 0 by default, which will loop for infinity.

Control the number of loops in an animated gif

By clicking the Number of Loops area in the customizer, you can set the animation to loop one to six times or choose to let it repeat indefinitely.

Setting animation loops to repeat

I particularly like choosing one or two loops for animations in my presentations, as this gives just enough time to spark the slide without becoming a distraction from my message.

The set number of loops only works with. GIF animation created with our customizer.

Once you have your looping settings selected, all you need to do now is click the green download and save button.

Save and download button


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By: Art Holden
Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.

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