How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint | Digital Trends

We all know that Microsoft’s PowerPoint software has been an integral part of presentations for several decades. And whether you’ve only used it once or twice in school or use it daily at work, there’s always something new to learn about the classic Microsoft platform. For example, did you know that you can embed YouTube videos into your PowerPoint presentations?

These custom animations and imaginative fonts will only keep your audience engaged for so long, and nothing says “Yay, a reading break” like a two- or three-minute YouTube clip. In this guide, we’ll show you how to add YouTube videos to PowerPoint slides and also answer some frequently asked questions on the topic.

Embedding a YouTube video in PowerPoint

Step 1: Go to the slide you want to embed a YouTube video in by clicking on it in the sidebar area where all your slides are located. Now click exactly in the area where you want to add the video, for example in the title heading or in the body text below.

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Step 2: Press that Insert Tab above. Choose Video Symbol. From the drop-down list that appears, select the option Online video.

Please note that if you are using PowerPoint 2019 or newer, you can insert online videos from YouTube by simply copying and pasting the video URL into a slide.

The Online Video button in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Step 3: Open the video you want to embed on YouTube. Click below the video player share and then that Embed Symbol. Under the Embed video Click on the title Embed code once, which selects the entire section of code. Press that Copy Click the button or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + C under Windows).

Copy the embed code for a YouTube video.

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Step 4: Return to your PowerPoint presentation window after copying the required code. Within the From a video embed code Paste the code in the section next to it. Press that Input on your keyboard or click the small, grayed out button Arrow.

The area to insert embed code for a YouTube video into Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Customize embedded YouTube video

Step 1: You can customize how you want the video to play on your slide. Press that reproduction Click the tab and make any necessary adjustments such as: B. autoplay the video or not play until you click on the video itself.

The Playback tab in Microsoft PowerPoint, where you can adjust the settings of an embedded YouTube video.

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Step 2: You can also click on the video frame, then right-click and select that Format video In the tab you will find more modification tools, such as: B. Brightness, size and more of the video.

The Format Video window, where you can adjust certain settings of an embedded YouTube video in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Insert a video file directly into PowerPoint

If you would prefer to embed a video into your PowerPoint presentation with a video included in your system, Microsoft offers an option.

Step 1: Choose exactly where you want to add a video file. Press that Insert tab and select the Video Symbol. Press that Video on my PC Field.

The Video on My PC button in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to insert, double-click it or single-click it and select it Open Button. Microsoft PowerPoint embeds the video with its own media player.

Please remember: If you prefer the ability to insert a video directly from your PC and you need to show the presentation via an external system, don’t forget to save both the PowerPoint and video files to your external USB hard drive etc. Otherwise the video cannot be played. Also, add both in a single folder so that they are connected to ensure playback.

A video inserted into a PowerPoint slide directly from your PC.

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How can I make a YouTube video autoplay in PowerPoint?

If you want your YouTube page to start playing the moment you open the slide it’s inserted into, you’ll first need to make sure your slideshow is in Normal view. Then click on the YouTube video. Now click reproduction > begin > Automatically.

You can also set up Play in the click sequencethat automatically plays a slide’s YouTube video when you press the spacebar, right arrow key, or other key to move to the next slide.

Why isn’t my embedded video playing in PowerPoint?

There are several reasons why your YouTube video may not play in PowerPoint. First, you should check whether the video you want to embed is compatible with PowerPoint. Popular formats such as MP4, AVI and WMV are supported. If your video isn’t in a format supported by PowerPoint, you can always convert it using programs like HandBrake.

If you’re playing an embedded YouTube video, the device you’re running PowerPoint on must also be connected to the Internet. If you know you’re going to be in a situation where you don’t have internet access, it’s probably a better idea to download the YouTube video to your computer first and then insert it into your PowerPoint presentation.

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