How to Make GIF Files Smaller


Graphic Interface Files (GIFs) may be made smaller by decreasing the image size in a graphics editing program or by utilizing a GIF tool to compress the image. Microsoft Paint, a graphics-editing accessory, is shipped with all Windows operating systems and can quickly resize a GIF image at no cost to the user. Additionally, GIFTools, a free website application, offers the ability to enter a URL to a GIF image on the web and make the original GIF smaller by compressing the image data. Once the image is compressed, the user is able to download and save the file.

Things You'll Need

  • Graphics editing program or graphics compression utility

Resizing a GIF

  • Click the Windows “Start” button and select the GIF graphics editing program from the programs list. Note: Microsoft Paint may be used to resize a GIF image.

  • Click the “File” option on the top navigation bar, and select the “Open” link.

  • Navigate to the GIF image you want to resize and click on the file name to load it into the application.

  • Drag the lower right corner inward to decrease the size of the image.

  • Click the “File” option from the top navigation bar and select “Save” to save the GIF with the same file name, or select “Save As” and save the file with a different name to retain the original graphic.

  • Test the graphic in an image viewer. Note the size of the file in relation to the original. The size of the GIF file will be smaller.

Compress with Web-Based GIF Compression Tool

  • Open a web browser and navigate to the GIFTools GIF Compression utility (See Resources).

  • Enter the complete URL of the GIF to compress. The URL must end with the “.gif” file type, such as “”.

  • Click the “Compress” button. The page will redirect to the Results page. The Results page displays the original GIF on top and the compressed GIF below, along with a link to download the compressed GIF.

  • Press the “Shift” key and click the link labeled “(Shift-) Click here to download”. A File Save dialog box will appear.

  • Navigate to the location where the compressed GIF will be saved on the hard drive. Rename the GIF if desired, and press the “Save” button.

  • Test the compressed GIF by opening it in an image viewer. Check the file size of the graphic to note how much the tool compressed the GIF file.

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