Without a doubt, GIFs have become the lifeblood of Internet culture. Nowadays, a typical online feed consists of hundreds of funny, informative or adorable GIFs.
Did you know that you can bring your love of GIFs to your desktop? There are various ways to make a GIF wallpaper in Windows, but using the popular Windows program called Rainmeter, you can have as many GIFs on your desktop as you want.
Prerequisites for making GIFs with Rainmeter
Rainmeter is indeed a remarkable desktop optimization software. There are a number of things you can do, such as creating your own desktop skins or even creating custom desktop icons using Rainmeter.
This guide is organized into sections to help you with the following. You just need to follow the steps sequentially to avoid any errors in the final results.
installation of ini file
An ini file is a text-based file that tells software how to operate and which settings to use. An ini file in Rainmeter combines your images with the software and then animates them to create an animated GIF effect on your desktop wallpaper.
To begin, you must first create a unique ini file for Rainmeter by following these steps:
1. Navigate to the root Rainmeter directory, which is located at C:\Users\[PC Name]\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins. Within this directory, create a new folder with the name of your choice, for example, GIF.
In general, some GIFs can contain as few as 10 frames, while others can contain hundreds of frames. This number is easy to check, and further explanation will be provided in the following section.
Now, save your text document, name it something simple, and include the added .ini extension. For example, naming your file with the INI extension, Coffee.ini, will allow Rainmeter to recognize your file.
Modifying a GIF File for Rainmeter
With Rainmeter, you cannot directly set a GIF file as a wallpaper. Instead, you must first split your GIF file into individual parts and then use the parts with Rainmeter.
In the newly created folder, you need to create another folder. Name this folder something related to your GIF for easy location. For example, we named the folder that contains our GIF file coffee.
Lastly, put your desired GIF in this folder.
Now that you have a GIF to work with, you’ll need to use a splitting program that compiles your GIF into an assortment of single GIF images. These are the images that you will use to make your animated desktop wallpaper.
Splitting Your GIF File
After doing all the above steps, now you have to split your GIF. This process is simple and can be automated using Ezgif.
1. Go to Ezgif.com and upload your GIF file. Splitter function will allow you to upload and split your GIF into separate GIF images.
Now, rename your GIF files. Your ini file determines the images entered in Rainmeter. The ini script supports images called frame_[imagenumbercalc].gif, which translates into files frame_1.gif, frame_2.gif, frame_3.gif, and so on.
This works well for the automatic format that EZGIF uses for its images. There are a number of methods for renaming all files at once, the easiest of which is the Bulk Rename Utility (BRU).
Although this skin requires CPU usage, it will not affect normal PC performance. If you decide GIFs aren’t right for you, you can make a parallax desktop wallpaper with Rainmeter instead.
GIF-ify Your Desktop With Rainmeter
We at Rainmeter are true advocates of everything. Using a little know-how, there’s no limit to what Rainmeter can do for your desktop experience—even creating live interactive wallpapers.
Of course, there are other ways to achieve similar results, but using Rainmeter gives you an edge over others. It is an all-rounder and works as an all-in-one software to boost your overall experience.
It’s not just GIFs or still wallpapers; You can also download various skins from the internet and install them on your desktop with a single click.