Insert or link to a video on YouTube

You can insert or link to a video on YouTube, and then play it during your presentation.

Using a Mac? See Add a video.

Using PowerPoint Online? See Link to a video on YouTube.

Note:  To use this feature, you must be using the desktop version of PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint 2013 and have installed the April Office updates and be using IE 9 (MS12-037) or IE10 or later (recommended). You can view a complete list of requirements and supported formats.

If you know the name of the YouTube video
  1. Click the slide that you want to add a video to.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Video > Online Video.

    The button on the ribbon for inserting an online video in PowerPoint
  3. In the Search YouTube box, type the name of the video that you want to insert.

  4. Select the video from the search results, and click Insert.

  5. A video rectangle is placed on your slide, which you can move and resize as you like. To preview your video on your slide, right-click the video rectangle, select Preview, and then click the play button on the video.

    Note:  If your video doesn’t insert correctly, double-check that you have installed the required Office updates.

For instructions on starting the video automatically, or playing the video full-screen, or other playback options, see Set the 'Playback' options for a video in your presentation.

If you don’t know the name of the YouTube video
  1. Click the slide that you want to add a video to.

    In YouTube, find the video that you want to insert.

  2. Below the video frame, click Share, and then click Embed. (If you neglect to click Embed, you'll end up copying the wrong code.)

    Click Share, and then click Embed
  3. Right-click the iFrame embed code, and click Copy.

    Copy the iFrame embed code
  4. In PowerPoint, on the Insert tab, click Video > Online Video.

  5. In the From a Video Embed Code box, paste the embed code, and then click the arrow.

    Shows embed video option in powerpoint
  6. A video rectangle is placed on your slide, which you can move and resize as you like. To preview your video on your slide, right-click the video rectangle, select Preview, and then click the play button on the video.

    Note:  If your video doesn’t embed correctly, double-check that you have installed the required Office updates.

For instructions on starting the video automatically, or playing the video full-screen, or setting other playback options, see Set the 'Playback' options for a video in your presentation.

Preview the video
  1. Once the video rectangle is on your slide, select it, then select the Playback tab on the PowerPoint ribbon.

  2. At the left end of the Playback tab, select the Preview button.

See Also

Video demonstration: Insert a video from YouTube

Insert a link to a YouTube video in PowerPoint Online

Add a video to your PowerPoint 2016 for Mac presentation

Trim a video

Why can’t I embed a video in PowerPoint?

Add audio to your presentation

Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

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