Juha-Matti Santala
Community Builder. Dreamer. Adventurer.

Reaction GIF board with Stream Deck

Last weekend I was watching lornajane's Twitch stream and we ended up having a discussion about the Elgato's Stream Deck in the stream. I've owned on for quite a while now, got it when I started doing streaming and then ended up using it much more for everything else than streaming.

One use case that I have for it, which is crucial in today's digital life is a reaction GIF / meme board.

Stream Deck with two rows of gifs in button screens

Stream Decks is uniquely well-suited for this task because each button is a small screen in itself. Which means that you can use the gif itself as the button icon so you don't accidentally send the wrong thing.

To create your own Stream Deck GIF reaction board, you need to add System > Text modules (we're just posting the link to the gif and Slack/Discord will show the animated gif in the UI).

Stream Deck UI showing Text button with text set to URL for the gif and Please Enter after message checkbox selected

Select "Press Enter after message" if you want the button to directly post the gif link or keep in unselected if you want to use these reaction gifs as part of other messages.

Set the Text attribute to the Giphy URL and upload downloaded gif as the icon and you're good to go.

Now you're ready for the 21st century worklife and digital communities. You can be the fastest to react with the best gif and your coworkers will be in awe when you always have the best response to everything – instantly.

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