How to View Animated GIF Files in MS Access

Written by greg lindberg
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With the Microsoft Office Access 2010 database management application you can add different types of content to your forms, including images. However, if you want an animated GIF file to appear on your form then you must use the Microsoft Web Browser Control feature. The Web Browser Control allows you to embed Web pages and images into your form. Before you can insert the animated GIF into your form you must also make sure that you know where the GIF file is located on the Internet.

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  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Access database file on your computer that you want to view an animated GIF with.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the form you want to view the image in from the top navigation pane. Click the "Layout View" option.

  3. 3

    Select the "Design" tab and then click the "Web Browser Control" option from the "Controls" group.

  4. 4

    Move your mouse to the area on your form where you want the control to appear. The Insert Hyperlink dialogue box will then appear.

  5. 5

    Click the "Browse the Web" button and then navigate to the animated GIF in your Web browser. Right-click on the animated GIF and select the "Properties" option.

  6. 6

    Use your mouse to highlight the URL of the GIF in the Properties dialogue box. Close out of the dialogue box and Web browser.

  7. 7

    Right-click in the "Address" box of the Insert Hyperlink dialogue box and then click the "Paste" option. Press the "Tab" key and then click the "OK" button. The image will then appear on your form.

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