How to Insert Videos in a PowerPoint

Videos communicate more information than words, create atmosphere and, in many cases, provoke an emotional response from your audience. Enhance your Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by inserting videos into your slides from your computer or from YouTube, OneDrive and Facebook.

A sample video in Microsoft PowerPoint.
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Step

Open the presentation you want to edit in PowerPoint and then switch to the Insert tab.

Selecting the Insert tab in PowerPoint.
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Expanding the Video menu and selecting one of the options.
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Step

Click the Video button in the Media group and then select Online Video or Video on My PC from the menu, depending on the location of the video.

Inserting Online Videos

Step

Select Online Video from the Video menu to display the Insert Video dialog.

The Insert Video dialog in PowerPoint.
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Inserting a video from YouTube.
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Step

To upload a video from YouTube, type a query into the Search YouTube field, press Enter to search, select one of the videos and click the Insert button.

Inserting video from OneDrive or Facebook.
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Step

To insert a video from your OneDrive account, click the Browse button in the OneDrive section, select the file and click Insert.

Step

To insert a video from Facebook, click the Facebook logo and then connect your account to your Microsoft account. Select the video and click Insert.

Inserting Offline Videos

Inserting a video from your computer.
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Select Video on My PC from the Video menu to display the Insert Video file browser, select the file and then click the Insert button to insert it into the slide.

Tips and Tricks

You can edit and customize the video object after you insert it. Inserting videos from other sources into PowerPoint slides is also possible.

  • To resize the video on the slide, drag the resize handles on the sides of the object.
  • To move a video, click and drag it on the slide. You can delete a video by pressing Delete after you click it.
  • To play a video, click the Play button in the video box.
  • You can format the video -- and change its contrast and brightness, for example -- by right-clicking the video box and selecting Format Video from the menu.
  • PowerPoint downloads the video from YouTube automatically and inserts it into the slide. You don't need an Internet connection to play back the videoduring the presentation.
  • To use videos from other sources, download them to your computer using third-party software and then insert them into the presentation.