Let’s talk about rendering color and life to the things that would otherwise seem boring. This is exactly what the GIF or Graphical Interchange Format does. The light 256 color scheme of these animations gives life to the pages that you view in your web browser. The fresh appeal of these light but effective pictures is laid back, but the absence of these makes the pages monotonous and boring.

Sometimes the installation of a design program takes off the default program for these GIF files to get opened. The absence of such default program makes your GIF ridden pages seem drab. You may wonder what’s the way out! Not to worry, Windows Support gives you solutions to change the way these images get opened.

If in the case of opening with Microsoft Internet Explorer, follow these steps from the Windows support team:

  • Go to a folder which contains a GIF File by right clicking on it and then select “Properties”.
  • Click on the “Change” button from the “General” tab.
  • Click on the “Microsoft Internet Explorer”.
  • Navigate to “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” and check it. Click on “OK”.
  • Now check if the GIF file is opened with Internet Explorer by double clicking on the GIF file.

For making Microsoft Paint the associated program for the GIF image, do the following action:

  • Right click on any GIF file and select “Properties”.
  • Select “General” tab from the properties and click on “Change”.
  • Click on “Paint”.
  • Click on  “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file”  and check it, then click “OK” and confirm the change.
  • Now click on a GIF file and see if the Gif file can be opened by Paint.

The steps to be taken for opening the GIF file with Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery is also similar, they are:

  • Follow the first two steps as before.
  • Now after the first two steps click on “Windows Live Photo Gallery” item.
  • Then check the box named “Always uses the selected program to open this kind of file“.
  • Confirm the changes by clicking “OK”.
  • These steps will now open the GIF file with the Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery.

So follow these steps from the Windows Support team and see those tiny pixels come back to life!