Insert or link to a video on YouTube

Contributors: Roger Haight

In PowerPoint, you can insert or link to a video on YouTube, and then play it during your presentation. The video plays directly from YouTube, and it has the YouTube controls for playing, pausing, and so on.

Because the video is on a web site, rather than actually in your presentation, you must be connected to the internet in order for the video to play successfully.

Using a Mac? See Insert a web video.

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

Insert the YouTube video with an "embed" code

  1. 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

    If the highlighted text that you copy begins with "http", STOP. It's the wrong code to copy. Return to step 2 and click Embed:

    To work correctly, the code you use to embed your video must begin with either "iFrame" or "<object".
    If your embed code begins with "http", your video won't be embedded successfully.
  4. In PowerPoint 2016, click the slide that you want to add a video to.

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

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

    Shows embed video option in powerpoint
  7. 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.

  8. Switch to the Playback tab of the ribbon to make choices about how and when the video plays:

    The Playback tab on the PowerPoint ribbon has options for choosing how to play a video.

    For details on these options, such as starting the video automatically or playing the video full-screen, see Set the 'Playback' options for a video in your presentation.

Search for the YouTube video by name

  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, and press Enter.

  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.

  6. Switch to the Playback tab of the ribbon to make choices about how and when the video plays:

    The Playback tab on the PowerPoint ribbon has options for choosing how to play a video.

    For details on these options, such as starting the video automatically or playing the video full-screen, 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 Play button.

    Because the video is on a web site, rather than actually in your presentation, you must be connected to the internet in order for the video to play successfully.

You can also insert online videos that you have uploaded to Facebook or that you have stored in your OneDrive account. Inserting from Facebook requires that you first add Facebook as a "connected service" to your Microsoft account. This process only has to be done once, and the Insert Video dialog box walks you through it.

Insert a video from Facebook or OneDrive

  1. In PowerPoint 2016, click the slide that you want to add a video to.

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

  3. In the Insert Video dialog box, click either Facebook or OneDrive, and then navigate to the location where your video has been uploaded.

    The Insert Video dialog includes options for YouTube, Facebook, and OneDrive.
  4. Click Insert.

Note: To use this feature, you must be using the desktop version of PowerPoint 2013 and have installed the April, 2014, 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.

Search for the YouTube video by name

  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, and press Enter.

    This is the Insert Online Video dialog box in PowerPoint 2013.
  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.

  6. Switch to the Playback tab of the ribbon to make choices about how and when the video plays:

    The Playback tab on the PowerPoint ribbon has options for choosing how to play a video.

    For details on these options, such as starting the video automatically or playing the video full-screen, 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.

YouTube videos on PowerPoint 2010 have stopped working.    YouTube recently discontinued support for the Adobe Flash Player, which PowerPoint 2010 uses behind the scenes to play a YouTube video when it is embedded on a slide.

As a result of this change, you can no longer play a video in PowerPoint 2010. Instead you get an error that says: 

Flash-embedded videos are no longer supported

The PowerPoint team is investigating this problem, but there is no simple solution. One short-term solution is to edit and/or present in PowerPoint Online, which is free and allows for the insertion and playing of YouTube videos.

If you are able to upgrade, we suggest that you do so as a way to work around this problem:

  • You can upgrade from Office 2010 to Office 2013 or Office 2016, both of which don't rely on Adobe Flash Player to play YouTube videos, and therefore don't have the same problem that PowerPoint 2010 now has.

    To make the upgrade beneficial, you need to be using a version of Windows that supports the version of Office that you've chosen. Office 2013 requires Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7. Office 2016 requires Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

    If you'd like to always have the latest version of Office, you can become an Office 365 subscriber. Click to try or buy and to compare a subscription versus a one-time purchase.

Improve the playback of embedded videos

PowerPoint uses the video-playing technology in Internet Explorer to make it possible to play a video that's embedded on a slide.

To ensure that the video plays smoothly, we recommend that you have the latest version of Internet Explorer, which you can download to your computer from here. Internet Explorer isn't required to be open during the playing of the video; PowerPoint simply uses its underlying technology when playing the video.

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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