Making instructional gifs is a quick and handy way to show people how to do something. We have found a free and open-source project called LICEcap put out by a company called Cockos Ltd. You can download it from https://www.cockos.com/licecap/
Once you have installed it, it's super easy to get started.
Simply start it and drag the wee window to cover the thing you want to show. For example, if I want to show someone how to write a document in Google Docs, I would start Google Docs, then I would start LICEcap and drag the LICEcap window to cover the Google Docs screen like this.
TOP TIP: if you don't use full screen it is easier to capture all the things in your gif. So as you can see by this screenshot of my entire screen, I have made my Google Chrome Browser smaller so that I can make sure I capture the whole thing in LICEcap
When you hit the Record button, LICECap immediately asks you where to save the resulting Gif. Choose a place you are going to remember.
Also remember, all the things you do from now on, within the LICECap window will be recorded. So simply start again if it's not quite right!
Then you're done!