Requirements for using the PowerPoint YouTube feature

Before you insert or embed a YouTube video into your presentation, check to make sure you have installed everything for your version of PowerPoint.

PowerPoint versions

PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Online

PowerPoint 2013 RT

Note:  To tell what version of Office you have, see: What version of Office am I using?

PowerPoint 2013

To insert or embed a link to a YouTube video, you must install these updates and use these versions:

And be using one of these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 (See MS12-037)

  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (recommended)

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported. In addition, depending on the embed code being used, you might need the Adobe Shockwave Player add-in. This Player includes the Flash Player that is required for some embed codes.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

Video formats supported

Add-ins required

  • For old embed codes, the Shockwave Flash Player must be installed and turned on in Internet Explorer for all videos to play.

  • For new embed codes, the Shockwave Flash Player is only required for videos that don’t have an HTML5 stream available.

PowerPoint 2010

To insert a link to a YouTube video, you must install these updates and use these versions:

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported. In addition, you’ll need the Adobe Shockwave Player add-in. This Player includes the Flash Player that is required.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

Video formats supported

Add-ins required

PowerPoint Online

YouTube videos can be played in PowerPoint Online. Currently, you can’t insert YouTube videos in PowerPoint Online, but you can add a link to a YouTube video. For YouTube videos to play properly, you must be using these versions and have installed the specified update:

  • Current Online version

  • For the Office Web Apps Server, install KB2880453 (available May 13th, 2014).

    Note:  The YouTube feature isn’t available for SharePoint Server 2010 customers using Office Web Apps 2010.

And be using one of these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 (See MS12-037)

  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (recommended)

  • Mozilla Firefox 12 or later

  • Apple Safari 5 or later

  • Google Chrome 18 or later

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported. In addition, depending on the embed code being used, you might need the Adobe Shockwave Player add-in. This Player includes the Flash Player that is required for some embed codes.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

Video formats supported

Add-ins required

  • For old embed codes, the Shockwave Flash Player must be installed and turned on in the browser for all videos to play.

  • For new embed codes, the Shockwave Flash Player is only required for videos that don’t have an HTML5 stream available.

PowerPoint 2013 RT

To insert or embed a link to a YouTube video, you must install these updates available on May 13th, 2014:

You will also need to be using the Internet Explorer 10 or later browser.

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

Video formats supported

  • HTML5

If you're still having problems, see: Are you having video or audio playback issues?

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