Animated GIF Viewer for Windows 7 and Vista

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.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

30 Responses

  1. sumit_g says:

    false positives(may be)??????????? phew……. :O

  2. sumit_g says:

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

  3. sumit_g says:

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

  4. Axel says:

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

  5. ND says:

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

  6. Holly says:

    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.

  7. Bram NL says:

    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!!

  8. Bardamu says:

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

  9. Kishi says:

    Thanks a lot for this! <3

  10. Rena says:

    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?

  11. AMZMA says:

    simple and to-the-point software
    thanks dude 😆

    • Kip says:

      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?

  12. Ruth says:

    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?

  13. cooltoad says:

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

  14. Ruth says:

    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.

  15. dikaiosune says:

    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..

  16. Reiven says:

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

  17. Coco says:

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

  18. Anupam says:

    Thanks a lot man.

  19. Susan says:

    Works great! Now I don\’t have to open my internet to view my gif\’s. Thanks!!

  20. SPARTAN-047 says:

    Excellent piece of nifty software! Thank you very much for uploading this.

    It was a real nightmare using Chrome or other software for opening some Pikachu GIFs I had. Clunky and slow, and although at least it doesn\’t look bad in Internet Explorer I\’ve disabled IE and WMP since they put unnecessary pretty icons in my taskbar (and if you unpin them, they\’re in the Start Menu anyway) and don\’t contribute to my browsing or media.

    This was a lifesaver. Thanks again!

  21. RachelR says:

    Thanks…I love this simple viewer. Have been using it for years……works in windows 10. Just set it as the default file opener.

  22. Tony says:

    HI Mayur , I download GIF View but find i can use media-player and that is all I want.
    Can you PLEASE tell me how to uninstall GIF View no one on the internet seems to no HOW.
    I can\’t find it any where in files or programs to uninstall it.
    Thank you, Tony

  23. Tanya Charbury says:

    Very helpful. Thank you!

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