Although animated GIFs have been in use for many years now, the sheer rise of messaging applications has caused them to resurface and are being used again on many web pages as an easy way to add moving images. But the truth is that there are some that can be more of a nuisance, not to mention that for those with slow connections, pages containing animated GIFs are heavier at loading time.
Although these moving images are lighter than videos, on the other hand they do not have playback controls and hence it is more difficult to stop the replay of such images from the web browser. However, here’s how we can stop these GIFs so they do not show in motion by default in both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
For those using the Google browser as the default on their computers and do not want them to play automatic animated GIFs when they visit any page containing this type of content, we will have to resort to an extension called Animation Policy . It is an extension that we can add to our Google Chrome browser in a completely free and easy way from the Chrome Web Store and offers three options to choose how we want the browser to behave with this type of images.
Once we add the extension to the browser, click on the icon that is added next to the address bar, we will see how it offers three options, allow the reproduction of animated GIFs, which only play once and then stop or That never reproduce. In this way, each time we visit a website that contains them, they will be reproduced according to the chosen configuration.
If we want to avoid playing animated GIFs from the Mozilla browser, then we will install an extension for Firefox, ESCapeFromTheGIFs . Once we add this extension to the browser, the next time we visit a page that contains animated GIFs, we can stop them by simply pressing the Escape key. If we later want to resume playback or visit another website where they do not bother us so much, we can make them reproduce again by pressing the same key again.