How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint?

You may want to enhance your presentation with YouTube videos. There are innumerable videos on YouTube to suit your requirements. By embedding one or more videos, you can hold your audience captive.

There is another reason why you may want to embed a YouTube video in your presentation. Elaborate on the idea you are presenting, or explain the idea in greater detail. You can embed the video without leaving the presentation window. This way, you avoid losing focus on the central topic while the video is playing.

It is easy to find a video on YouTube suitable for your presentation. But you may need guidance getting the video into a slide, and ensuring it plays in the presentation. In this tutorial, we show you the steps to add a YouTube video to your PowerPoint presentation. In fact, you can do this in several ways:

  • Embed the URL of the YouTube video
  • Link YouTube video to a picture in the presentation
  • Embed code of the YouTube video
  • Insert a YouTube video from your PC

Caution

A word of caution before we start. Videos on YouTube may have copyright restrictions. Downloading and using the videos without prior permission may not be legally permissible. Always obtain permission before downloading and using videos from YouTube.

Let us start.


Method #1: Embed the URL of the YouTube video

Step #1: Copy the URL of the YouTube video

Open your default browser.

Locate the YouTube video that you want to embed.

Copy the URL of the YouTube video from the address bar of the browser.

Step #2: Add the URL to your PowerPoint

Launch your PowerPoint presentation.

Navigate to the slide where you want to embed the video.

Click on the Insert tab on the top menu bar to change the ribbon.

In the Media section, click the Video tab.

PowerPoint will open two choices for inserting the video:

  • This Device
  • Online Video

Select Online Video.

A new insert video box will open with space for entering the URL of the online video.

Paste the URL you had copied earlier. The YouTube video will open.

Click on the Insert tab at the bottom.

The video box will close and the inserted video will appear within the PowerPoint slide.

Position the video and resize it as you want.

Method #1 is the simplest way of embedding a YouTube video in a PowerPoint presentation.


Method #2: Link YouTube video to a picture in the presentation

Step #1: Copy the URL of the YouTube video

Open your default browser.

Locate the YouTube video that you want to embed.

Copy the URL of the YouTube video from the address bar of the browser.

Step #2: Add a picture to your PowerPoint

Launch your PowerPoint presentation.

Navigate to the slide where you want to add a picture.

Click on the Insert tab on the top menu bar to change the ribbon.

In the Images section, click on Pictures. This will open two choices from where you can select your picture:

  • This Device (the device you are using)
  • Online Pictures

Click on This Device. Windows Explorer will open.

Navigate to the picture you would like to insert.

Click on Insert to embed the picture.

Position and resize the picture as you want.

Step #3: Link YouTube video to the picture

Right-click on the embedded picture and click on Hyperlink.

This will open the Insert Hyperlink dialog.

In the Address location, paste the URL of the YouTube video that you had copied earlier.

Click on Ok to close the Hyperlink dialog.

Hover the mouse pointer over the picture in the PowerPoint slide and the video link should show up.

An advantage of method #2 is you can select the appropriate picture for linking the video. However, to play the video, you must leave the presentation and start YouTube. This can affect the flow of your presentation. You will also need a reliable Internet connection.


Method #3: Embed code of the YouTube video

Step #1: Copy the code of the YouTube video

Open your default browser.

Locate the YouTube video that you want to embed.

Click on the Share tab at the bottom of the video.

This will open up a Share dialog.

Click on the Embed tab. This will open an Embed Video dialog.

Click on the Copy tab to copy the embed code for the video.

Step #2: Add the code to your PowerPoint

Launch your PowerPoint presentation.

Navigate to the slide where you want to embed the video.

Click on the Insert tab on the top menu bar to change the ribbon.

In the Media section, click the Video tab.

PowerPoint will open two choices for inserting the video:

  • This Device
  • Online Video

Select Online Video.

A new insert video box will open with space for entering the code of the online video.

Paste the code you had copied earlier. The YouTube video will open.

Click on the Insert tab at the bottom.

The video box will close and the inserted video will appear within the PowerPoint slide.

Position the video and resize it as you want.

An advantage of method #3 is you have more control over the video. You can control the start point and end point of the video when creating the embed code. However, you still need a reliable Internet connection for playing the video.


Method #4: Insert a YouTube video from your PC

This method requires that you already have a video available on your PC. You may have created the video on your PC, or downloaded it from the Internet. 

Step #1: Add the video to your PowerPoint

Launch your PowerPoint presentation.

Navigate to the slide where you want to embed the video.

Click on the Insert tab on the top menu bar to change the ribbon.

In the Media section, click the Video tab.

PowerPoint will open two choices for inserting the video:

  • This Device
  • Online Video

Select This Device.

Windows Explorer will open. Navigate to the stored video.

Click on the Insert tab at the bottom.

The Explorer window will close. The inserted video will appear within the PowerPoint slide.

Position the video and resize it as you want.

Click on the Play button to start/stop playing the video inside the slide.

Method #4 has the advantage of not requiring a reliable Internet connection to play the video. However, once you have inserted the video, you do not have any options to configure it.

Special Tips

You can allow the video to start playing automatically when the PowerPoint slide appears. For this, follow the simple steps:

Click on the embedded video. The ribbon will change to show Video Tools.

Click on the Playback tab.

In the section Video Options, click on the small triangle on the right side of Start.

Select Automatically.

Some other useful options for the presentation available to you are:

  • Play Full Screen
  • Hide While Not Playing
  • Loop until Stopped
  • Rewind after Playing

Select the above as suitable for your presentation.


Conclusion

This is how you can embed an YouTube video into your presentation. We hope our methods will enable you to make your presentations more lively and attractive to your audience.

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