How To Embed A YouTube Video Into PowerPoint

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In this guide, I will explain how to embed a YouTube video into Microsoft PowerPoint.

There are a few ways in which you can embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint. This can be done by either inserting the video’s web address or embedding the video with the iframe code supplied by YouTube. The latter option will also give you more control on the video features.

How to insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint (web address option)

The easiest way to insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint is by copying the web address of the video and using the ‘Insert Video’ option within PowerPoint. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

1. Firstly, find the video on YouTube that you want to insert into PowerPoint. For this example, I will use this video of our guide on how to perform an independent student t-test in SPSS. On the top of the internet browser, copy the web address of the video.

Insert YouTube video into PowerPoint copy web address2. Open up Microsoft PowerPoint. On the slide where you want to insert the video, go to ‘Insert > Video > Online Video …‘.

PowerPoint insert Online Video3. A new window will open called ‘Insert Video‘ that has two options: ‘YouTube‘ and ‘From a Video Embed Code‘. Paste the web address of the YouTube video into the box next to the ‘YouTube‘ option.

PowerPoint insert Online Video YouTube4. Click the little magnifying glass icon on the search bar to find the correct video. Select the correct video from the search results and click the ‘Insert‘ button on the bottom-right of the window.

5. The video will now be placed on the slide. You can stretch the size and move the video around to your liking by click-dragging the box.

How to insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint (embed option)

An alternative way is to embed a YouTube video into PowerPoint by using the iframe code from the YouTube website. The benefit of using this approach is that you can tweak the settings of the video. For example, you can decide whether or not you want to keep the suggested videos displayed at the end of the video or you may want to have the video start at a certain point. Here is a guide on how to embed a video.

1. Again, start by going to the YouTube video you want to embed. Now, below the video, you will find a button called ‘Share‘. Click on this to open up a small window. From here, click the ‘Embed‘ button.

Embed YouTube video PowerPoint Share option2. Another new window will open now displaying the video on the left and the code on the right of the screen. Below the code, there are different options you can change to alter the way the video will be embedded. Here are just a few:

  • Start at – By ticking this, and specifying the time, you can decide at what time you want the video to start. This is very useful if you are only interested in the last few minutes of a video, for example. By default, this is turned off.
  • Show suggested videos when the video finished – Here you can decide whether you want the suggested videos to be displayed once the video has finished. By default, this is turned on.
  • Show player controls – This is to turn the bottom bar of the video containing the controls on or off. By default, this is turned on.
  • Show video title and player options – This option is to keep or remove the title of the video and the share button at the top of the video. By default, this is turned on.
  • Enable privacy-enhanced mode – This option is to stop YouTube from keeping information about visitors when videos are embedded onto websites. By default, this is turned off.

There are more options available to tweak the embedded video which can be found on the YouTube website here.

Once you are happy with the options, copy the code on the screen.

Embed YouTube video PowerPoint Embed option3. In PowerPoint, go to ‘Insert > Video > Online Video …‘ (the same as above).

4. Now paste the code into the ‘From a Video Embed Code‘ box and click the little arrow icon to insert the embedded video.

Embed YouTube video PowerPoint insert embed code5. The video will now be placed on the slide. You can stretch the size and move the video around to your liking by click-dragging the box.

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