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Add a video to your PowerPoint for Mac presentation

PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

You can embed or link to a video from your computer into your presentation. Embedded videos are convenient, but because they're stored in the presentation, they increase the size of your presentation. Linked videos keep your presentation's size smaller, but links can break if you move the file without moving the video. To avoid breaking a video link, copy the video into the same folder as your presentation, and link to it there.

In PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, Office 365 subscribers can insert an online video. Online videos keep your presentation's size smaller, and don't need to be copied to your computer. The link simply points to the video on the website.

Insert a video stored on your computer

  1. In Normal view, select the slide you'd like to add a video to.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Video, then click Movie from File.

  3. In the Choose a Movie dialog box, select the file you want to insert.

    • If you want to embed the video on the slide, simply click Insert.

    • If you want to put a link to the video on the slide, click Options at the lower left corner of the dialog box, and then select the Link to file box, and then click Insert.

Once you've added a video to your presentation, you can add effects and choose whether the video plays automatically or when it is clicked. See Format a video in your PowerPoint for Mac presentation for more information.

Tip:    Beginning with PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, you can play back video that has multiple audio tracks. Closed captions and subtitles that are embedded in video files are also supported.  For more information, see Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible.

Insert a web video in PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac

In PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, you can insert a web video from YouTube or SlideShare.net on a slide. (Available in version 16.15.18070902.)

This is a subscriber-only feature This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.

  1. In your web browser, locate the video you want.

  2. Copy the URL of the web page from the Address bar of your browser.

  3. Switch to PowerPoint and select the slide where you want to place the video.

  4. On the Insert tab of the ribbon, in the Media group at the right end, select Video. Then select Online Movie.

  5. In the dialog box, paste the URL you copied in step 2.

  6. Click Insert.

    The video is added to the slide.

  7. To preview the video, click the Play button that appears on top of video.

To watch the video, start Slide Show, and open the slide containing the video.

Link to a movie file from your computer in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.

  2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  3. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie from File.

    Home tab, Insert group

  4. Click the movie file you want, and then select the Link to file check box.

  5. Click Insert.

    • If you send the presentation to other people, be sure to include the movie file that is linked to the presentation; otherwise the movie will not play during the slide show.

    • To play the movie without having to search for it on your computer, place the linked movie file in the same folder as the presentation.

Embed a movie in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.

  2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  3. Do one of the following:

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Insert a movie from a file

On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie from File.

Home tab, Insert group

Select a movie file, and then click Insert.

Insert a movie from the Movies folder, iMovie, iTunes, or Photo Booth.

On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie Browser.

Home tab, Insert group

On the pop-up menu, click iMovie, Movies, Photo Booth, or iTunes, and then click a movie and drag it onto the slide.

Photo Booth and iTunes appear if you have photos in your Photo Booth or iTunes folder.

See also

Insert media into your document

Resize or change the visual appearance of a movie

Graphic file types you can insert and save

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