Animated GIFs have come back with a vengeance and can be quite annoying when they play automatically while you’re browsing. Here’s how to stop them from auto-playing in Chrome and Firefox.
Disable Animated GIFs Firefox
Type: about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. If the “This might void your warranty message comes up click that you’ll be careful.
Next type: anim in the search box to find image.animation_mode. Double-click on image.animation_mode and type in none and click OK. Or, type one if you want the GIFs to play them once).
Disable Animated GIFs Google Chrome
Chrome is a bit different, so your best results are to use an extension. There are plenty to choose from, and each one varies a bit. Here are a few different ones you can choose from:
- GIF Stopper: it allows you to stop all animated gifs with a press of the Esc key, and it works with Google+.
- Animation Policy: This will run animations only once or disable them altogether.
- Gif Jam (Animation Stopper): This might be the most detailed one and work the best. Http requests to Gif images will be intercepted and replaced with a version contain only an empty frame.
Note: Since a lot of GIFs are Flash based, you can also stop them by disabling Adobe Flash completely by using guides:
- Protect Your Computer from Adobe Flash Exploits in Your Browser
- How to Protect Your Mac Against Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities
Just remember if you use the options above, it will turn off Flash completely. So, videos and other Flash items won’t play. Which, honestly, isn’t a bad thing due to the fact that Flash is extremely insecure.
Do you have a favorite way to stop annoying auto-playing GIFs for your browser? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.