Animated GIF Viewer for Windows 7 and Vista

by Mayur on October 27, 2011

in Windows 7

Unlike Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista doesn’t support viewing of animated gif files. Though, you can use default Windows Photo Viewer to open gifs but it only shows a still image of gif considering it is an animated one. One can also set Internet Explorer as the default viewer for viewing animated gifs but many people dislike using it because it takes long to open and you cant view multiple gif images simultaneously, that are located in the same folder.

Luckily, a Seven Forums member ‘corgano’ has created a small but nifty program that allows you to quickly view Non-animated and Animated GIF files in Windows 7 and Vista. Gifview has a very simple interface and doesn’t requires any installation. It also lets you view multiple gifs in a row, means you can simply move between files using the Previous and Next button or just use the back and forward key to switch between gif files. The app has one special feature which is the ability to stop an animated gif, so that you can capture a specific frame.

GIF Viewer

To use GIF Animation, just right-click any gif file and open Properties. Under properties, click Change. In ‘Open with’ window, browse for gifview.exe directory and select it as default program to open with. Now click Ok and again Ok.

Download GIF View

Thanks Bogz for the tip.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

sumit_g October 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

NICE tool………..looks awesome….wl try….thanx fr the share! :)


sumit_g October 28, 2011 at 10:44 am
Mayur October 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

@sumit Those are false positives, I’ve scanned it with KIS 2012 and it’s safe.


sumit_g October 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

cool………thanx for the info mayur bro!:)


Axel January 26, 2012 at 4:36 am

Yeah but you can’t zoom or use every viewer standard features. It Sucks!


ND March 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Not working…downloaded and “run” but doesn’t open.


Bram NL May 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Yeah, no wonder. You should open the .gif file with that programme, not the programme itself.


Holly May 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thank you so much!!
Some picture doesn’t fit (I tend to draw pretty big) so you can’t see the top and there’s no scroll bar but oh well.


Bram NL May 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

My god, finally a animated .gif viewer for Windows 7 that avoids having to open a webbrowser. Works perfectly on 64-bit version. Thanks so much!!


Bardamu June 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

Thanks a lot. It works great! Nice job with the site. Keep going.


Kishi August 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

Thanks a lot for this! <3


Rena October 3, 2012 at 5:29 am

I had this program before, and I recently had to recover my laptop to factory condition and I have to re-download the program, but it seems that the link is broken, removed actually, so could you perhaps re-post a link to the download?


Mayur October 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’ve uploaded it for you.


Amanra January 29, 2013 at 4:03 am

Thanks for reuploading this nice piece of software.
Opening each file in the browser made me sick.


AMZMA October 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

simple and to-the-point software
thanks dude :lol:


Kip November 26, 2012 at 4:48 am

I have used it for ages, however, I reformatted my laptop and it will only work from the desktop and not hidden in my documents like it used to, any ideas?


Ruth December 3, 2012 at 2:48 am

This doesn’t open all the way & cuts off the whole picture view until you mazimize the image, as well as shows files leaking out behind the first photo, which looks bad. How to make the GIF file open FULL sized every time without extra clicks, & not have photos behind the viewed one sticking out?


cooltoad December 10, 2012 at 4:37 am

Interesting problem, Ruth, are you new to using computers?


Ruth December 16, 2012 at 4:40 am

No, I’m not new to computers. I’m on Win7 with all kinds of browsing nightmares no matter what browser I use. I just used the Internet Explorer way to open what I needed at the moment that worked, but as others say, that way opens only one GIF & not a way to view many in a row in your folder. I might try to figure this out at another time now when I use GIF’s more. But thank you for your response.


dikaiosune April 19, 2013 at 2:08 am

thanks!!! but your link is dead, luckily i just found your new upload on one of your comments..i suggest you reupload on your link, so the visitors on this site could download your app easily..thanks again..


Reiven July 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

This is awesome and incredibly helpful. Thank you very much!


Coco October 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

This is exactly what I was looking for: a way to skip through my hundreds of gifs quickly. Thanks! Works like a charm.


Anupam December 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thanks a lot man.


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