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    Need Animated GIF Viewer

    Some time ago when I installed Office 97 I also installed the optional Microsoft software to support animated GIF files. However, if I attempt to open an animated GIF, Microsoft Photoeditor starts for the file and there is no animation.

    What is the name of the Microsoft animated GIF program that I should be searching for?

    I suppose that I must start that .exe program first and then open the GIF file via that program?

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    Re: Need Animated GIF Viewer

    You just need to change your file properties.

    From the desktop, click on my computer.
    Click on View, Folder Options.
    The last tab is File Types, click on that.
    Scroll down to GIF image.
    Click on Edit.
    Click on Edit. (there is another edit button after hitting the first)
    In the second box, (entitled Application used to perform action type "C:PROGRA~1INTERN~1iexplore.exe" -nohome
    Ensure that Use DDE is checked, and that the following fields read as follows:
    DDE Message: "file:%1",,-1,,,,,
    Application: IExplore
    DDE Application Not Running: <Leave this Blank>
    Topic: WWW_OpenURL
    Click on OK.
    Click on Close.
    Click on Apply, then Close.

    Now using Explorer, locate your favorite GIF and double-click. You should now see a happily animating GIF in internet explorer.

    Animated GIFS only appear as animated if you're viewing them with a high-end GIf Animator, or Internet Explorer.

    Hope this helps!
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    Re: Need Animated GIF Viewer

    Thanks. I didn't know that about iexplore.exe.

    I may stay with Photoed.exe as the default .gif viewer because I like some of the controls when viewing static images.

    So what I did was *temporarily* change the program file association by right-clicking on the animated .gif file while holding down the Shift key. Then from the dropdown menu I selected Open With. Next I scrolled down the Open With box and select iexplore. This way the default to Photoed.exe is preserved.

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    Re: Need Animated GIF Viewer

    You can also open your gif's FROM explorer...

    great tip, thanks! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Need Animated GIF Viewer

    Hi DrkRealm:

    Couldn't you shorten your steps to change the file association by doing the same thing as above--shift+right click the .gif file, choose open with & scroll to IE or whatever you want, but this time tick the box that says "Always use this program..."?

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    Re: Need Animated GIF Viewer

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> that'll work too!

    I just wanted to write the lengthyest procedure possible so that I look smart.. <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

    Great tip Phil! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Need Animated GIF Viewer

    >I just wanted to write the lengthyest procedure possible so that I look smart..<

    Hey, the GifMeister <big>IS</big> smart! But that's what I like about this Lounge...great info & great sense of humor. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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