Set the 'Playback' options for a video in your presentation

You can specify how you want your video to play during a presentation, and set many other playback options.

Note:  Before you can set the Play options for video, you must first insert or link to a video in your presentation.

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Play a video automatically or when clicked

Play a video full screen

Preview a video

Adjust the volume of a video

Hide a video when it is not playing

Loop a video

Rewind a video after playing

Show or hide the media controls

Play a video automatically or when clicked

Important: Set this option before adding any animations or triggers to your video. By changing this option, you will remove any animations that are associated with your video.

  1. In Normal view, click the video frame on the slide.

  2. Under Video Tools, go to Playback. Then, in the Start list, choose one of the following:

    • To play your video when the slide containing the video appears in Slide Show view, select Automatically.

    • To play your video by clicking the mouse, choose On Click. Then, when you are presenting in Slide Show view, simply click the video frame when you are ready to play the video.

      Shows PowerPoint Video Options

Play a video full screen

You can play a video so that it fills the entire slide (screen) when you deliver your presentation. Depending on the resolution of your original video file, it might appear distorted when you enlarge it. Always preview your video before you include it in your presentation so that if the video appears distorted or blurry, you can undo the full screen option.

  1. In Normal view, click the video frame on the slide that you want to play full screen.

  2. Under Video Tools, go to Playback, and check the Play Full Screen check box.

    Note: If you set the video to be displayed full screen and it is also set to start automatically, you can drag the video frame off the slide into the gray area so that it will not be visible on the slide or flash briefly before the video goes to full screen.

Preview a video

  1. On the slide, click the video frame.

  2. On the Playback tab of the ribbon, click Play.

Adjust the volume of a video

Under Video Tools, go to Playback and then click Volume. Choose one of the following:

  • Low

  • Medium

  • High

  • Mute

    Tip: You can also adjust the volume by using the volume slider on the Media Controls bar.

Hide a video when it is not playing

While delivering your presentation, you can hide your video until you are ready to play it. However, you should create an automatic or triggered animation to initiate playback or you will never see the video play during the slideshow. For more information about creating an automatic or triggered animation, see Trigger an animation effect.

  • Under Video Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Video Options group, select the Hide While Not Playing check box.

    Shows the Hide While Not Playing check box in PowerPoint Video Tools

Loop a video

To play your video repeatedly and continuously during your presentation, you can use the loop feature.

  • Under Video Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Video Options group, select the Loop until Stopped check box.

    Shows the Loop until Stopped option in PowerPoint Video Tools

Note: If you want to loop an entire PowerPoint presentation, not just a video, see Create a self-running presentation.

Rewind a video after playing

To rewind your video after playing it during your presentation, do the following:

  • Under Video Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Video Options group, select the Rewind after Playing check box.

Show or hide the media controls

Media Controls

To show or hide the media controls (Play, Pause, Forward, Back, Volume) during your presentation, do the following:

  • On the Slide Show tab, in the Set up group, select or clear the Show Media Controls check box.

    Shows the Show Media Controls option in PowerPoint

In this article

Play a video automatically or when clicked

Play a video full screen

Preview a video

Adjust the volume of a video

Hide a video when it is not playing

Loop a video

Rewind a video after playing

Show or hide the media controls

Play a video automatically or when clicked

Important: Set this option before adding any animations or triggers to your video. By changing this option, you will remove any animations that are associated with your video.

  1. In Normal view, click the video frame on the slide.

  2. On the ribbon, go to the Playback tab. Then, in the Start list, choose one of the following:

    • To play your video when the slide containing the video appears in Slide Show view, select Automatically.

    • To play your video by clicking the mouse, choose When Clicked. Then, when you are presenting in Slide Show view, simply click the video frame when you are ready to play the video.

      Options for the Start command in PowerPoint video playback

Play a video full screen

You can play a video so that it fills the entire slide (screen) when you deliver your presentation. Depending on the resolution of your original video file, it might appear distorted when you enlarge it. Always preview your video before you include it in your presentation so that if the video appears distorted or blurry, you can undo the full screen option.

  1. In Normal view, click the video frame on the slide that you want to play full screen.

  2. On the ribbon, go to thePlayback tab, and select the Play Full Screen check box.

    Note: If you set the video to be displayed full screen and it is also set to start automatically, you can drag the video frame off the slide into the gray area so that it will not be visible on the slide or flash briefly before the video goes to full screen.

Preview a video

  1. On the slide, click the video frame.

  2. On the Playback tab of the ribbon, click Play.

Adjust the volume of a video

On the ribbon, go to the Playback tab, and then click Volume. Choose one of the following:

  • Low

  • Medium

  • High

  • Mute

    Tip: You can also adjust the volume by using the volume slider on the Media Controls bar.

Hide a video when it is not playing

While delivering your presentation, you can hide your video until you are ready to play it. However, if you do that, you should set the video to start automatically, or you will never see the video play during the slide show. (Use Start > Automatically on the Playback tab of the ribbon, or see Play a video automatically for more information.)

  • On the ribbon, on the Playback tab, in the Video Options group, select the Hide During Show check box.

    The "Hide During Show" command for playback of PowerPoint videos.

Loop a video

To play your video repeatedly and continuously during your presentation, you can use the loop feature.

  • On the ribbon, on the Playback tab, select the Loop Until Stopped check box.

    The "Loop Until Stopped" command for playback of PowerPoint videos.

Note: If you want to loop an entire PowerPoint presentation, not just a video, see Run a presentation in an unattended loop.

Rewind a video after playing

To automatically rewind your video after playing it during your presentation, do the following:

  • On the ribbon, on the Playback tab, select the Rewind After Playing check box.

Show or hide the media controls

The Media Control Bar for video playback in PowerPoint

To show or hide the media controls (Play, Pause, Captions, Volume) during your presentation, do the following:

  • On the ribbon, on the Slide Show tab, select or clear the Show Media Controls check box.

    The Show Media Controls option on the Slide Show tab in PowerPoint

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