Because GIFs are all popular and stuff — or at least they were — Google has confirmed that it's rolling out special Google Images search filters for finding the moveable images, a trick that was available to savvy searchers all along, but which everyone else can now access in just a few clicks. Now, instead of forcing you to type in "file:gif +" before an Images search, Google will allow users to filter GIFs using the "Animated" filter under the "Search tools" option for "type" below the main search box, as pictured below (via CNET):
The "Any type" drop-down box currently offers a list of Images search filters — just not "Animated":
The only difference between the old GIF trick (searching for file types using a hand-typed filter) and the official new GIF option (an "Animated" button) is that a user can opts for GIFs as a prerequisite rather than as a granular search follow-up. It also ensures animated files, over static .GIFs. It all probably takes the exact same amount of time, but the new one adds a level of accessibility. Now, anyone can search for these things super easily: Even your mom can do it. Meaning the coolness factor of these already descendent Internet life-forms is about to go way, way down. Internet, brace yourself.
In addition to the GIF filter, Google has also added a "transparency" tab for people looking for specific clip art that doesn't have a background, which The Atlantic's Megan Garber suggests is an even bigger deal. That will soon be found under the "Any color" tab.
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