Did you find or received GIF file and your computer failed to open it? Below we will explain what is GIF file extension and how you can open it.

What is a GIF file ext?

The .GIF file extension identifies a Graphical Interchange Format Image file which is a common graphics and image format used by most image rendering programs such as Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop. This computer graphics format can go up to 256 colors.

How to open a GIF file?

In most cases your computer should know what software program should be used to open different file types and extensions like GIF. When you double click on the GIF file format, it should open with appropriate software program. If you downloaded or received GIF files for the first time and your system failed to open it then try free file viewers available on the internet after doing enough research not to fall prey to malware.

How to fix errors with GIF files

Scan the file
Before trying to open GIF files on your Windows make sure that it is safe to do so by running through antivirus scanner.
Update
Unable to open GIF files with the associated software program or see an error than try updating the associated software
Do not
If none of the applications in your Windows were able to open GIF file do not change file extension because by changing file extension you are corrupting the file. In case you already changed the extension you can revert it back to GIF by renaming the file. Incorrect associations are the cause of many GIF file errors.

Finally, if Windows is unable to open file extension GIF you may have registry related errors or may not have the appropriate program installed. We strongly recommend that you run a registry scan.

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