Play a video in your presentation full screen

Instead of playing a movie as part of a slide in your presentation, you can play it so that it fills the entire screen. Depending on the resolution of your original movie file, the movie might appear distorted when played full screen, so it's a good idea to preview your movie before your presentation.

Notes: 

  • If you insert a video file from YouTube, the full screen option may be unavailable. In this case, download the file first and then insert it from your computer.

  • If you drag the movie frame off the slide or hide the movie frame, you must set the movie to play automatically or by some other kind of control, such as a trigger. A trigger is something on a slide, such as a picture, shape, button, paragraph of text, or text box, that initiates an action when you click it.

Set a video to play full screen

  1. In Normal view, click the movie that you want to play full screen.

  2. Under Video Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Video Options group, select Play Full Screen.

Preview a video

  1. In Normal view, click the movie.

  2. Under Video Tools, on the Playback tab, click Play.

To preview your video in full screen, click the slide with the video, click the Slide Show tab, and then click From Current Slide.

Set a movie to play full screen

  1. In Normal view, click the movie that you want to play full screen.

  2. Under Movie Tools, on the Options tab, in the Movie Options group, click Play Full Screen.

    Movie Tools Options tab

Preview a movie

To preview a movie, in Normal view, do one of the following:

  • Double-click the movie.

  • Click the movie, and then under Movie Tools, on the Options tab, in the Play group, click Preview.

    Movie Tools Options tab

  • Click the slide with the movie, and then click Slide Show Button image at the bottom of the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 window, or press F5. If you set the movie to play when you click it, click the movie frame.

Notes: 

  • If your movie is part of a custom animation sequence, to preview it, click Play in the Custom Animation task pane.

  • If there are multiple slides in your presentation, use the title placeholder to identify the slide that contains the movie frame, so that you know which slide to click and play.

  • If you inserted a movie as an object to play in Microsoft Windows Media Player, you may have to click the Stop, Start, and Pause buttons in Media Player to control your movie.

See also

Insert and play a video file from your PC

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