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How do I save a GIF file to my computer to download on a Facebook post, complete with animation?

Asked by Dutchess_III (38423points) February 9th, 2017

I went searching for a GIF, “I’m watching you” clip, and I found one. But when I saved it to my computer it didn’t give me an attachment to save it with and there were none to pick from, so basically I just posted a picture.
So then I brought it up in Paint and saved it as a GIF file, still no animation.
What do I do?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I found a way around it. I shared it directly to Facebook, then went back and edited and added my comments.

I still want to save it to my computer for the future.

ragingloli's avatar

Correct me if I am wrong, but mspaint does not support any animated files.
I do not use facebook, but usually you just right-click the animation and select “save as”.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I found it online, not on Facebook. And I did right click and save, but it didn’t give me an extension to tie it to. Nothing. Not even “all files.” It just saved it as a photo.

ragingloli's avatar

have you tried just adding the ”.gif” manually?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes, but it wouldn’t allow me. The only drop down option was “all files,” but that didn’t work. So that which is why I tried bringing it into Paint, where I could choose the gif attachment. But it didn’t work.

ragingloli's avatar

what page did you try to download it from?

ragingloli's avatar

Just tried it. Worked without a problem.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Were you able to play it from the file you saved it to in your computer? What did you do?

ragingloli's avatar

Yes, and I just right clicked it and chose “save image as”. The save dialog defaulted to .gif, and the file played normally after I downloaded it.
What browser are you using? I am using Firefox.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m using Firefox, on a desk top, Windows 10

Zaku's avatar

I’m using Firefox on Windows 7, and am able to right-click and “Save Image As…” and it saves as giphy.gif, with the animation (though you have to load it into a program that shows the animation to see the animation, e.g. a web browser).

Dutchess_III's avatar

I can see the animation on the web page.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK. This is the gif I’m working with.

Step one

And..this is as far as I get.

Looking at it, I’m choosing “Save image as…” is there a different save option that I’m missing?

Zaku's avatar

It looks to me like you’re doing it correctly but you’re getting stopped by the empty Type dialog. I would ignore the Type dialog and just provide a name that ends in the letters ”.gif” and then go find that file on your computer and try to open it and see what happens.

I notice though when I try to follow those steps on Windows 7 & Firefox, that it doesn’t even offer me the right-click options, as apparently Photobucket is trying to block me. Maybe they’re trying to block you too and Windows 10 just shows it differently.

If it helps, your first link to the gif, on giphy.com, just worked fine for me and allowed me to save it normally.

When sites start trying to cop an attitude with what I can do, I tend to break out a plugin which gives me more power, such as DownThemAll!, available from the Firefox Add-ons section, which lets you download practically anything on a page. I tried it and it lets me download it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It wasn’t Photobucket. Giphy.com is where I was the whole time.
I’ll download DownThemAll! I’ll get you my little pretty! Me and my little jellyfish!

Zaku's avatar

Heh.

(All your links in the post three posts up send me to s212.photobucket.com, not that it really matters.)

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL @Zaku! You like my boyz, then and now? Found them again, after 20 years!

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