How to Import YouTube Into PowerPoint


YouTube is a vast wonderland of video content that can inspire, interest and connect with your audience. Whether you need a break for humor or the perfect clip of a squirrel water skiing, you can find it on YouTube. Getting the clip into your PowerPoint presentation is handled through the built-in Flash Shockwave support in PowerPoint. The most recent version of PowerPoint has built-in support for Web-based videos through the "Insert" "Flash Video" function. Versions before PowerPoint 2010 will need to embed the video as an ActiveX control.

  • Browse to the YouTube video you want to embed in your PowerPoint presentation. Select the website address and copy it by pressing "Ctrl+C" on your keyboard.

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation and click on the slide where you want the YouTube video to play. Click on the "Developer" tab and then click on the icon with the wrench and hammer labeled "More Tools."

    If you don't see the "Developer" tab, click on the "Office Button," which is the circle in the upper left of the PowerPoint window. Click "PowerPoint Options" and then "Popular," and check the box next to "Show Developer Tab." Click "Close."

  • Scroll down and click on "Shockwave Flash Object" and then click "OK." Click and drag on the slide to draw the space where the YouTube video will play. Release the mouse button when you're done drawing.

  • Right-click the object and choose "Properties." Click in the space next to "Movie" and press "Ctrl+V" to paste in the URL for the YouTube video. Delete "watch?" from the address and replace every "=" with a "/" so that PowerPoint can correctly parse the URL.

  • Click on the value next to "Playing" and set it to "True" for the video to play automatically when you click on the slide. "False" will require you to click on the video to play it. Set the value for "Loop" to "True" so the video will keep playing over and over until you leave the slide, "False" for it to play only once.

Tips & Warnings

  • In updated versions of PowerPoint 2010 running on a 32-bit system, you can embed video files from the Internet easily. Choose "Insert" then "Flash Video" and enter the URL of the YouTube video.
  • You must have an active internet connection for the file to play. Don't embed a YouTube video unless you know you will be able to get online where you are presenting the PowerPoint.

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