Animated GIFs

Here is a handy tip for dealing with a site that has animated GIFs, pressing ‘ESC’ key will pause animated GIF’s on a page (broken with Firefox 20 and newer). This works in both Firefox and Internet Exploiter.  Note: in order to ‘resume’ the animation you will need to refresh/reload the page. You can test this out with the image below:

Additional options via an about:config tweak:

  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  2. In the filter field type animation
  3. In the results listed double-click on image.animation_mode
  4. In the pop-up box type in one of the following:
    • none — will prevent image animation
    • once — will let the image animate once
    • normal (default) — will allow it to play over and over

Note: Once setting does not appear to work in later builds of Firefox 2 and does not work at all in Firefox 3.

Tip Source: CyberNet News