How to play GIF files in windows photo gallery

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How to play GIF files in windows photo gallery
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Windows Photo Gallery is a program developed by Microsoft that functions as a photo management, editing and tagging program. Windows Vista is the major carrier of Windows Photo Gallery. Windows Photo Gallery doesn't currently have GIF support; however, a there is a workaround that allows the file to function within the program. Windows Photo was removed in Windows 7 for its Windows Live counterpart that is dubbed Windows Live Photo Gallery.

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  1. 1

    Press the Windows logo key and the "R" key to open the run command. Type "mspaint" into the text box and press "Enter." Press the "Ctrl"and "O" keys on the keyboard.

  2. 2

    Select the file that you want to open in Windows Photo Gallery and press "Enter." Press "F12" once the file is loaded and then set the "Save as type" field to ".png" or ".jpg." Press "Enter" to save the file.

  3. 3

    Double click the file to open it. A file association that is set to Windows Photo Gallery will open Windows Photo Gallery to view any file associated with the program. Alternatively, right click and select "Open with" and then select Windows Photo Gallery to open the file in Windows Photo Gallery.

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