How to Put a Video From YouTube on a PowerPoint Presentation

By Filonia LeChat

The image of a slideshow may bring to mind text-heavy electronic pages flipping by on a virtual presentation deck, but slideshows need not be so static. The Microsoft PowerPoint software offers an ideal platform to host videos from sources such as YouTube, with millions of options ranging from business assistance to funny pet clips. To combine the action of a YouTube video with the functionality of a PowerPoint presentation, cue up the show.

Step 1

Open PowerPoint. Click the "File" tab in the top left corner of the workspace. Click "Open."

Step 2

Navigate to the presentation to add the YouTube video. Double-click the name of the file, and the presentation opens with the first slide in the main portion of the screen.

Step 3

Scroll to the slide to receive the video. To add a new slide to house the video, click a slide and click the "New Slide" button on the ribbon/toolbar at the top of the screen.

Step 4

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Video" button on the ribbon/toolbar.

Step 5

Click "Video From File." Browse to the location of the YouTube video, such as the desktop.

Step 6

Double-click the file to add it to the slide.

Tips & Warnings

  • The video appears as a large black rectangle and does not play on the actual slide. To view the video, run the PowerPoint in slideshow mode.
  • Get permission from the YouTube video creator -- this information may be stated on the video's YouTube site or may require contacting the video poster. Although the video is posted on the Internet, using it for for-profit matters or other purposes may be in conflict with copyright laws.