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Export animated GIFs with transparent backgrounds 

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Hi, Office Insiders! I’m Aimee Leong, a PM on the Office Graphics team. I’m here to announce we’ve begun rolling out the ability to export animated GIFs with a transparent background.  

Animated GIFs 

Animated GIFs are a key medium in which we express ourselves daily. Anyone should be able to create a GIF, and know you were thrilled when we made creating an animated GIF easier. Though we noticed a lot of you wanted the ability to remove the background to create stickers and floating objectsWe’re excited to share that when exporting to an animated GIF, a new option will allow you to make the background transparent. 

How it works 

1. Open PowerPoint and insert your media. 

a. Tip: Adjust the dimensions of your slide via the Slide Size menu by selecting Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size. 

2. Choose your export options. 

a. Go to File > Export > Create an Animated GIF, and adjust the size/quality of your GIF and set the seconds spent on each slide 

3. *New* tick the option to Make Background Transparent. 

4. Click the Create GIF button.

Export animated GIFs.

5. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to where you’d like to export and save your Animated GIF. 

6. Click Save

7. Go to your selected folder and see your creation!


This feature is rolling out to Win32 Desktop users running Beta Channel Version 2010 (Build 13318.20000) or later. It is coming to Mac soon.

We typically release features over some time to ensure that things are working smoothly. This is true for Insiders as well. We highlight features that you may not have because they’re slowly releasing to larger numbers of Insiders. Sometimes we remove elements to further improve them based on your feedback. Though this is rare, we also reserve the option to pull a feature entirely out of the product, even if you, as Insiders, have had the opportunity to try them.


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