How to Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer Browsers

by Venkat eswarlu on February 10, 2013

in How to,tips and tricks

Are you annoyed with animated GIFs of some twitter users appearing in your timeline?, Or if you don’t want to see GIF animations not anymore in browsers, we’ve got you covered. Those animated GIFs on websites sometimes look good, you may not like these with users on your twitter timeline who’d set as their profile pic, if you want to permanently disable these animated images in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers, simply follow the steps mentioned below.

Disabling animated GIFs

#1. For Internet Explorer: From Tools menu select Options, scroll down a bit and under “Multimedia” uncheck for “play animations in webpages”.

Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

# II. In Firefox

visit about: config, find and set image.animation_mode preference string value as “none”.

There is also an extension available in AMO to toggle animated GIFs with the same name. After installing that restart less extension, you can use hotkey Ctrl +M to enable or disable GIF animations in the browser.

#III. In Google Chrome

Install Stop animations extension, which stops all animations on screen like GIF, Flash and JavaScript with Esc key, you need to press Esc key again to make them active or playing again.

You need to sign into Chrome to get this extension.

GIF animations stopped playng in Chrome thumb How to Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer Browsers

IV. In Opera

Visit animations page and press F12, right click on page and deselect for “Enable animated images”.

Want some animations for testing? Visit for some.

Has this article helped you in stopping those in browsers? Share with us in the comments.


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Rogh April 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I don’t know what Google are thinking – here’s how I solved it in Firefox without disabling Java

In Firefox with the Adblocker add-on.
Go to the Adblock pulldown and select ‘Filter Preferences’.
Select ‘Ad blocking rules’ in the left box.
On the right click ‘Add filter’ and input*

Alternatively use these search engines:


Venkat eswarlu April 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Isn’t it better to block animated GIFs by default in browser than relying on extension and alternate search engines.


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