Graphics Interchange Format images are small, compressed image files. The compression and limited color palette of GIFs make for a relatively small file size when compared to other image formats. This small size makes them ideal for use on the Internet. If your browser fails to load GIF images, you may have to change your browser image settings. If this does not work, the link to the GIF may be broken.

Browser Settings

Major browsers allow you to toggle whether you want the browser to automatically load images. This setting is typically enabled by default on most browsers. If your browser is not loading the GIFs on a website, you may have this option turned off. Toggle automatic image loading on in your browser settings and try loading the site again.

Website Problems

If you have trouble loading a GIF image while your browser is properly configured, the problem may be associated with the website code. If the website code links to a nonexistent image or if the image has moved to a different location on the server, it will not load in your browser. In this case, the problem is out of your hands.