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Pause animated GIFs in Safari Web Browsers
I'm not certain how far back this goes, but pressing the Escape key in Safari 5.1.5 pauses animated GIFs on a web page. I have an older Mac with Safari 3.2.1 and this functionality is not present there. It would be great if there were a single command to stop these GIFs completely, but this is better than nothing.

It's possible other browsers have a similar capability, but this appears to be a Safari-specifc shortcut. Testing with iCab 4.8, a browser which uses the built-in WebKit frameworks, does not respond to the same command.

[kirkmc adds: Indeed, this does work. In Firefox, this stops the animation entirely, unlike Safari, where it only pauses the animation. In Chrome and Opera, it has no effect.]
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Pause animated GIFs in Safari
Authored by: kiltbear on Apr 16, '12 08:25:28AM

Safari Extension: (haven't tried)

which I found here.

I have used safe in the past (not for stopping gifs) and was happy with it. Much of its functionality was superseded by building functions into safari, but it claims to have a stop gif animation function...

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Pause animated GIFs in Safari
Authored by: sault on Apr 16, '12 09:50:57PM

Curious hint.

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Pause animated GIFs in Safari
Authored by: tofergregg on Apr 17, '12 06:28:31AM
I may be the only one who didn't realize this, but you need to hold down the escape key, not just tap it.

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Pause animated GIFs in Safari
Authored by: CyberSkull on Jul 27, '13 12:18:53AM

Does not work in Safari 6.

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