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How to Create a YouTube Video with PowerPoint

Sayak Boral

Few people nowadays have the patience or willingness to sit through multiple slide presentations. Online videos, on the other hand, are a powerful means to build user engagement in an era of lower attention spans. As long as the videos look professional, your audience will pay attention to whatever you have to say.

Follow these simple steps to convert your hard work that went in to creating a PowerPoint into an accessible and compact YouTube video.

Also read: 4 Free Online Tools to Add a Censor Bleep to Your YouTube Videos

Step 1: Clean Up Your Slides

If you want to give a professional finish to the video, try breathing life into the slides first.

Open the file with PowerPoint 2010 and click “View,” followed by “Slide Master,” to apply uniformity in alignment, bullets, fonts and spacing. After saving the Master template, go to “Slide Sorter” view and apply a minimalist, standard design. You can use an academic or corporate template as long as it’s minimal and clean.

Selecting design template for PowerPoint 2010

Too much text in a slide will disrupt the attention span of the typical YouTube viewer. Get rid of bullet lists, fancy animations, flowcharts and tables. If you previously used a slide to describe something complex, break it down into easily digestible ideas spread across multiple slides.

Use screenshots and full-slide, high-resolution images to fill up your new presentation. PowerPoint 2010 allows you to insert online pictures with a Creative Commons license and from the Bing search engine.

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You can also use the “Pictures with Captions” layout along with “Design Ideas” to create a robust background for video frames. Use free stock images for new picture ideas.

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Also read: 14 Useful PowerPoint Templates to Set Up a Digital Planner

Step 2: Insert Audio

Background narration is the most important component of a high-quality YouTube video. You can download royalty-free music , but the best YouTube videos always come with speaker narration. Go to “Insert,” followed by “Audio,” where PowerPoint allows you to record your own voice for each slide.

Record Sound in PowerPoint 2010

There’s a chance you aren’t getting a very high-quality audio with PowerPoint alone. It’s far better to work with a pre-recorded audio clip and a tight script. You can use a voice recording app like Audiophile or an actual digital voice recorder. Our aim is to achieve professional results by filtering out echo and background noise.

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For a fifty-slide presentation, you should aim for no more than ten seconds of recorded narration per slide. Go to “Slide Show,” followed by “Rehearse Timings,” to get the timings right for each slide. Import the MP3 files into their corresponding slides and play them in automatic mode.

PowerPoint 2010 audio narration

Finally, you are only required to set up the slide show. Check the options for “Play Narration” and “Use Timings” along with “Browsed by an individual (window).”

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Also read: How to Create and Manage Your YouTube Clips

Step 3: Insert Video Clips (Optional)

If you did a good job with rehearsed narrations and images as described earlier, you can skip this part. However, a mini video clip within a video is a powerful way to retain your YouTube viewer’s attention. Unlike in the past, playing a video clip automatically from your PowerPoint is very easy.

Go to “Insert,” followed by “Video,” where you can embed any video from YouTube’s “Share” menu and play it on your own presentation.

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Always make sure that it is your own video. You can always choose Creative Commons videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other sites. Use PowerPoint’s “Playback” option which is displayed after you embed a new video.

Step 4: Save PPT as Video

After clicking “File,” followed by “Save As,” save the PowerPoint as a WMV file. Your video is now ready for upload on YouTube and any other video-sharing sites.

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Step 5: Upload Video on YouTube

Upload the desired video output to your YouTube channel. If it is aimed at prospects alone, you might want to keep it private or unlisted with no embedding or comments allowed.

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Do you agree that converting your PowerPoint files to a five- or seven-minute video is a good investment of time? Please let us know your thoughts. Want to make the most of your time? Learn these PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts .

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Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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How to add a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

07.08.20   •  #powerpointtips.

Sometimes, you want to show your audience a YouTube video during a presentation. Some people do so by opening the browser, going to YouTube and then typing the video title into the search bar, when in fact there is a much easier and more convenient way. In the this post, you'll learn how you can directly insert a YouTube Video into PowerPoint that plays automatically on your slide. Also, we have got some great suggestions about videos you could show your audience.

You can watch our video (which is by the way inserted from YouTube as well) down below and learn how to add a video to your slides in just one minute! If you don't feel like watching the video, you can also follow the step-by-step guide down below.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  • Go to Insert in the PowerPoint task line on the top.
  • Click on Video on the top right corner. Then choose the option Online Video .

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  • A window will open which will ask you to insert the video’s URL.

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  • Open the YouTube video you would like to embed in your browser. You can simply right click on the address bar in the browser and copy the URL. Alternatively, perform a right mouse click on the video, and then click on Copy Video URL .

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  • Go back to PowerPoint and insert the URL by either pressing CTRL+V or right click and then Paste . Then click on Insert .

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  • Your video will then be inserted on your current slide. Just like any element, you can change its size or move it around now.
  • To start the video (either while editing or in presentation mode), simply click on the play button.

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YouTube video with offline playback

With the previously described option, it is necessary to have a stable internet connection while presenting. As that can not always be guaranteed, there is also a way of inserting YouTube videos that work offline. Follow these steps:

  • Open the YouTube Video in your Browser. Copy the URL by clicking the address bar and then Right Click > Copy.
  • Open the website y2mate.com . Paste your copied URL into the text field, then click Start .

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  • Choose one of the options for download (and click the Download button. We recommend 1080p or 720p.

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  • A window will open, and your video will convert. When it's ready, click Download .mp4" .
  • After your file has downloaded, you should see it in your Downloads folder in the browser. By clicking "Show in folder", you'll see where it's saved on your device.

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  • Right click on the file in your folder and click Copy .
  • Go to the PowerPoint slide where you want your video to be placed. Right click and Paste . Your video should now appear and play if you click on it.

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What kinds of videos can I use in a presentation?

Videos are an amazing way to liven up your presentation. Especially when you're talking for a long time, the audience tends to get tired. That's where a variation of multimedia elements, such as videos, can be helpful. We recommend putting videos in the main part of a presentation, but of course you may also start or finish by presenting a video to your audience. There is no limit for the type of video, the only guideline you should follow is relevance. Before mindlessly pasting a video to your slide, ask yourself: "What purpose does this video fulfill within my presentation?" Is it supposed to inform and teach the audience, is it something you really want everybody to see, or is it just a funny little clip to lighten the mood? All of those purposes are fine. With this tip, you're one step closer to a wonderful presentation! If you want to learn more about successful presentations and Audience Engagement, check out our blogpost Top 10 Tools for increasing Audience Engagement .

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Set the start of your video

After you've added a video from YouTube, it starts to play by default when you click anywhere on the slide during the presentation. That's usually fine, but can sometimes be annoying, e.g. when you have more than one video on one slide. In that case, it is helpful to set the Start to When clicked on . The video then won't start until you click directly on it. You can do that by first clicking on your video, going to the Playback tab on the right and then select When clicked on in the Start-selection. By choosing Automatically here, your video will start automatically, without having to click on it.

Add a video from your device

If you want to add a video that is saved on your computer, you can do so by following the tutorial in our article Insert a local Video .

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

How can I insert a YouTube video to PowerPoint?

Go to Insert > Video > Online Video. Copy the video URL from the address bar and paste it to the window that opens. Click Insert and your video should appear instantly.

Can I play a video directly on my PowerPoint slides?

Yes. You can insert a video from YouTube by using the URL, and it will be played directly on your slide. In our tutorial , you'll learn how to do so.

Can I play an offline video from YouTube in PowerPoint?

Yes, it is possible to play an offline YouTube video on your PowerPoint slides. We show you how it is done in our tutorial .

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How to Embed a Youtube Video in PowerPoint With Start and End Time

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PowerPoint presentations are a popular way to share information and engage an audience. With the ability to add multimedia such as videos, it’s become easier to make presentations more engaging and dynamic. One of the most popular video-sharing platforms, YouTube, is often used as a source for videos in presentations. In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint with start and end time.

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Why You Should Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

There are a number of reasons why you might want to embed a YouTube video in your PowerPoint presentation. Including videos can make your presentation more engaging, interesting, and informative for your audience. YouTube videos can be a great way to supplement your own content or drive home a key point. In addition, embedding videos into your presentation can be a more effective way to deliver your message than simply describing it.

Another advantage of embedding a YouTube video in your PowerPoint presentation is that it can save you time and effort. Instead of creating your own video content, you can search for relevant videos on YouTube and embed them directly into your presentation. This can be especially useful if you are short on time or resources, or if you want to include a variety of perspectives on a particular topic.

Understanding Start and End Time in YouTube Videos

When you embed a YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation, you’ll want to make use of the start and end-time features. These allow you to play only a portion of the video that is relevant to the point you are discussing. For instance, if you are giving a presentation about features of a new car, you can cut down a 5-minute video that shows the entire car, and focus only on the new engine. This method can help keep your presentation succinct and to the point.

Another advantage of using the start and end-time features is that it can help you avoid copyright infringement. If you only use a small portion of a video, you are less likely to run into legal issues. Additionally, using the start and end-time features can help you create more engaging presentations. By showing only the most relevant parts of a video, you can keep your audience interested and focused on your message.

It is important to note that not all YouTube videos allow for start and end-time features. Some videos may have these features disabled by the uploader. In such cases, you may need to contact the uploader or look for alternative videos that allow for these features. Overall, understanding how to use start and end-time features in YouTube videos can greatly enhance your presentations and make them more effective.

Steps for Selecting Start and End Time in YouTube Videos

To select a specific start point of a YouTube video, you can use the “Share” functionality on the YouTube player. After selecting your video, click the “Share” button below the video, then check the box that says “Start at” to set the portion of the video you would like to begin with. The start time you select will be reflected in the URL of the shared video.

It is important to note that while you can specify a start time using the “Share” functionality, YouTube does not provide a direct way to set an end time through the URL. To play only a specific portion of the video during your presentation, you will need to manually pause the video at the desired end time.

Different Methods of Embedding a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

There are two main methods of embedding a YouTube video in PowerPoint: using the “Insert Online Video” option or creating a hyperlink to the video.

To use this method, start by opening your PowerPoint presentation and navigating to the slide where you want to add the video. Click “Insert” in the top menu, then “Online Video.” You can then search for your desired video and select it from the search results. Select the video thumbnail and click “Insert” to embed the video. While you can set a start time using the “Insert Online Video” option, PowerPoint does not offer a feature to set an end time in the “Playback” tab.

After finding the video you want to embed on YouTube, click the “Share” button below the video, then click on “Copy.” In your PowerPoint presentation, navigate to the slide where you want to insert the video and paste the copied link. Once pasted, a hyperlink to the video will be created, and clicking on this link during the presentation will open the video in a web browser. Note that an internet connection is required to play the video using this method.

Another advantage of using the hyperlink method is that you can customize the size and position of the video thumbnail on your slide. Simply insert an image or shape, add the hyperlink to it, and use the sizing handles to adjust the size, or drag the image or shape to a different location on the slide. This can be useful if you want to include other content on the same slide as the video.

Preparing Your PowerPoint Slide for the Embedded Video

Once you have embedded your YouTube video, it’s time to prepare your PowerPoint slide to make it visually appealing and engaging. You should focus on ensuring the slide complements the video content, and makes your message as clear and impactful as possible. A slide with too much text, cluttered with irrelevant images, or poor quality images can detract from the video and your message. A clean and professional-looking slide is always preferred.

One way to make your slide more engaging is to use animations and transitions. These can help to emphasize key points in your video and keep your audience’s attention. However, it’s important to use these features sparingly and purposefully, as too many can be distracting and take away from the overall message. Additionally, be sure to test your slide with the embedded video to ensure that everything is working properly and that the video is playing smoothly.

Tips for Ensuring Smooth Playback of Embedded Videos

To ensure that your embedded video plays smoothly, it is recommended that you take the necessary steps to minimize the size of your PowerPoint file. This can include compressing images and using video with appropriate settings. Additionally, while you cannot set the playback option to “Autoplay” for YouTube videos embedded via a hyperlink, you can manually start the video during the presentation to ensure it starts at the desired point.

Another important factor to consider when embedding videos in your PowerPoint presentation is the compatibility of the video format with PowerPoint. It’s recommended that you use video formats that are compatible with PowerPoint, such as MP4, WMV, and AVI. If you’re unsure about the compatibility of your video format, you can use a video converter tool to convert it to a compatible format.

Lastly, it’s important to test your embedded video before your presentation to ensure that it plays smoothly and without any issues. You can do this by rehearsing your presentation and checking the video playback on different devices and platforms. This will help you identify any potential issues and make necessary adjustments to ensure a seamless presentation.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Embedded YouTube Videos in PowerPoint

If you run into issues with your embedded YouTube video, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem. First, make sure that you have an active internet connection and that the website you’re using to embed the video isn’t blocked by your network. Try to restart your computer and try again. If these steps fail, seek advice from tech support or check forums to look for solutions.

Another common issue with embedded YouTube videos in PowerPoint is that the video may not play smoothly or may lag during playback. This can be caused by a slow internet connection or a large file size of the video. To fix this, try reducing the size of the video or compressing it before embedding it in your PowerPoint presentation. You can also try playing the video in a lower resolution to reduce the file size and improve playback.

It’s also important to note that some YouTube videos may have restrictions on embedding, which can prevent them from playing in your PowerPoint presentation. If you encounter this issue, try finding an alternative video or contacting the video owner to request permission to embed the video in your presentation. Additionally, make sure that you have the latest version of PowerPoint and that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for playing videos.

Adding Sound Effects or Narration to Your Embedded Video Presentation

If you are using sound effects or narration to accompany your video, make sure to check the sound on your device before starting the presentation. It’s recommended that you use high-quality headphones or external speakers to hear the audio clearly. Keep in mind that the sound might not be as effective if you are presenting in a noisy environment, so choose your location wisely.

Enhancing Your Presentation with Customized Start and End Times in Embedded Videos

Customizing your start and end times can make a significant difference in how effective your presentation is. With the help of customized start times and manual control during the presentation, you can keep your message concise and focused, while delivering the point effectively. This approach can help keep your audience more engaged throughout your presentation, and help them to absorb and retain key information better.

Best Practices for Creating Engaging Presentations with Embedded Videos

Remember, the goal of your presentation is to engage the audience and deliver your message effectively. While embedded videos are a great way to do this, there are additional best practices to keep in mind. For instance, make sure to plan your presentation beforehand, practice your delivery, keep your design clean and professional, and keep your content to the point. By incorporating these tips, you can create an engaging and effective presentation that resonates with your audience and delivers your message effectively.

By following these guidelines, you are sure to create an engaging and effective presentation that utilizes the power of embedded YouTube videos to engage and educate your audience. Keep in mind that effective presentations take time to create, but with the right tools and planning, you’ll be able to deliver a presentation that is both successful and impactful.

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How to Embed a Youtube Video in PowerPoint

One of the most effective ways to avoid death by PowerPoint is to include a video in your presentation to explain complex topics. Since YouTube has an infinite archive of content on virtually any imaginable topic, you can easily find relevant videos to embed in your presentations. Furthermore, many presenters prefer to include videos from their organizations in their slide decks.

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While embedding a YouTube video without a third-party tool was challenging, PowerPoint 2013 and later editions, such as using the newest edition of PowerPoint in Microsoft 365, is relatively easy. So, how to Embed a Video in PowerPoint? Below is a list of methods by which you can embed videos from YouTube in PowerPoint.

1. Insert from Start via URL

The easiest way to insert an online video from start to end, including a YouTube video to PowerPoint, is via Insert > Media > Video > Online Videos .

PowerPoint interface showing the Online Videos menu, on how to embed a Youtube video in PowerPoint using media online videos.

This will enable adding a URL from supported websites, including video hosting platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare, Stream, and Flip.

area in which to enter the online video address in PowerPoint

Add the URL and click Insert to add the YouTube video to your presentation.

How to Embed a Video in PowerPoint by inserting the URL

2. Insert from Specific Time via URL

It is possible that you might want to add a video not from the start but from a specific time (e.g., after 20 seconds). To do this, go to the Share button below the video.

The share option available for YouTube videos

Select the time to start the video, and copy the URL. 

Sharing options from YouTube

Now, insert the URL which contains the specific time. You will notice that the end of the URL will include the time after which the video starts.

3. Use Embed Code

In older versions of PowerPoint, such as PowerPoint 2013, there was an option to embed a video, where you could specify the embed code separately. The new edition of PowerPoint enables adding the embed code as a URL. Click the Share option below the YouTube video to copy the embed code.

From the given options, select Embed . From there, you can also specify the time you intend to start and if you want the video controls to show when it is playing.

Copy the embed code to include in your presentation slide.

Selecting the options to embed the code from YouTube

Instead of URL, enter the embed code via Insert > Media > Video > Online Videos.

Inserting an embedded YouTube video URL in PowerPoint

Using the methods mentioned above, you can embed and insert a YouTube video in PowerPoint and customize it further using the Ribbon menu options. Such as changing size, adding frame, adding effects, etc.

Using Video Format options in PowerPoint

4. Download YouTube Video

Under certain circumstances, you can legally download a video offline. The following conditions apply when downloading YouTube videos legally:

  • You are a premium YouTube member.
  • Downloads are allowed in your country.
  • You are downloading videos you have uploaded.
  • The developer has enabled the download of the video.

To get the video, click the Download button below the YouTube video. Doing this usually makes the video available for streaming offline. However, premium users can also save copies of the videos on their mobile devices.

Downloading a video from YouTube

If you are a premium YouTube user saving a video on your SD card , tap your YouTube profile picture, go to Settings > Backgrounds & Downloads, and toggle to enable Use SD Card . If this option is not enabled, your videos will be downloaded to your phone’s internal memory. Unfortunately, videos don’t show up the same way on desktop devices, and using third-party tools isn’t legal.

Procedure for downloading YouTube videos from a smartphone

How to insert an offline video in PowerPoint? You can insert downloaded YouTube videos via Insert > Media > Video > This Device .

Insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint from device

Select the video from your device, and you can insert it offline into your slide.

5. Embed a Video in PowerPoint Using a Third-Party Tool

Various third-party tools enable embedding videos in PowerPoint. Some of these tools became quite useful when the YouTube embed feature did not work correctly in older versions of PowerPoint. One such tool is iSpring Pro , a comprehensive app for authoring video tutorials that enables adding videos from YouTube to PowerPoint.

Once installed, iSpring adds a new tab in PowerPoint. Click the YouTube option from the iSpring tab, and insert the URL. You can also pick a time to start the video to avoid playing it from the start.

Using iSpring Pro in PowerPoint

Using iSpring, you can add characters, quizzes, objects, and other exciting features to make the added videos more enjoyable and your presentations more interactive.

Adding characters to the video presentation slide with iSpring Pro

Adding a video from an online or offline source in PowerPoint is easier than it used to be, and YouTube videos function seamlessly, providing the internet connection is stable. However, if you are authorized to download a video, you can use it offline to circumvent potential connection issues.

Alternatively, discover our tutorials on how to convert powerpoint to video and how to convert google slides to video .

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Sitting through a monotonous PowerPoint presentation can be pretty miserable. As a presenter, you want your audience to stay focused and enjoy your slides instead of making them yawn. One way to make your PowerPoint slideshow more engaging is to add a YouTube video to your presentation.

Depending on what version of PowerPoint you’re using, there are different ways to insert a YouTube video into your presentation. Learn how to embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint and why you might want to do it in the first place.

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Why Add YouTube Videos to Your PowerPoint Presentations

You want your audience to enjoy a presentation and also learn new information from it. The best formula for a well-balanced PowerPoint presentation is to mix your media, including text, images, charts, and videos. This will make your slideshow not only informative, but also captivating.

Some people learn more from visuals, while others remember things that they hear better than what they see. A YouTube video in your presentation will ensure that everyone gets the key takeaways from the meeting.

If you want to add a YouTube video to your PowerPoint presentation but don’t know where to start, follow the steps below.

  • Open YouTube and find the video you want to embed in PowerPoint.
  • Under the video, select Share .

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  • From the Share menu, select Embed .

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  • Select Copy to copy the embed code.

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Now that you have the embed code of your video, head over to your PowerPoint presentation.

  • Open PowerPoint and open the slide where you want to insert the YouTube video.
  • From the menu bar, select the Insert tab.

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  • Select Video . Then from the drop-down menu, select Online Video .

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  • In the Insert Video window, select From a Video Embed Code and paste the embed code that you copied from YouTube. Select the forward arrow to confirm.

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You’ll see the YouTube video appear on the slide in your PowerPoint presentation.

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If you want to change the layout of your slide , you can move and resize your video by dragging its corners. 

Things You Should Know When Embedding Your Video in PowerPoint

There are a few tips and tricks that you should know of when adding YouTube videos to your PowerPoint presentation.

Should You Embed Your Video or Add a Link to Your Slide Instead?

Many users simply link to a YouTube video in the presentation, thinking this option is easier. Embedding is a better choice. It gives your presentation a more professional look, and also makes it easier for you as a presenter. If the video’s embedded, it’ll play as soon as you click on it without leaving the slide to open the YouTube site.

You can easily find the embed code for any video under the option to Share it on YouTube.

How to Search YouTube Videos Inside PowerPoint

There’s a trick that you can use to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint without leaving your slide.

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When adding your video to the slide, in the Insert Video window select Search YouTube and type in the name of the video you’re looking for. After you select the search icon to confirm, you’ll see the list of options from YouTube. Pick the video you want to use in your presentation and select Insert to embed it on your slide.

What If the Video Appears Black Inside Your PowerPoint Presentation?

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After you’ve added the video to your PowerPoint slide, it might appear as a black rectangle at first. If you want to change the look of it to see the video’s preview right in your presentation, right-click the video and select Preview . You can then check what the video will look like on your slide during the presentation.

How to Embed a Local Video in PowerPoint

If you’re worried that you might run into internet connection problems during your presentation and/or already have the video you’d like embedded in PowerPoint downloaded, there’s an easy way to insert it into your slides.

To embed a locally stored video in PowerPoint, follow the steps below.

  • Open PowerPoint and open the slide where you want to insert the video from your computer.
  • Find the Insert tab and select Video .
  • From the drop-down menu, select This Device .

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  • Find the video you want to embed in PowerPoint and select Insert .

You’ll see the video appear on the slide in your PowerPoint presentation. You can move and resize it by dragging its corners.

Embedding a locally stored or downloaded video in PowerPoint is a good solution for when you can’t ensure stable internet connection for your presentation. However, it’ll make the PowerPoint file much larger which in turn can cause performance problems.

Jazz Up Your Next PowerPoint Presentation

Adding a YouTube video to your slideshow is an effective way to make your presentation engaging for your audience. If you often work with PowerPoint, you can also learn how to insert other formats of media to your presentation like music, PDF files , or even animated GIFs . 

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How to Put YouTube Videos in PowerPoint: A Step-by-Step Guide

Want to make your PowerPoint presentation a bit more engaging with a cool YouTube video? It’s actually pretty simple to do. By following a few easy steps, you can embed a YouTube video directly into your PowerPoint slide. This way, you won’t have to switch between applications during your presentation – it’ll all be right there in your slide show!

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Put YouTube Videos in PowerPoint

Before we dive into the steps, know that adding a YouTube video to your PowerPoint will enhance your presentation and keep your audience interested. No more boring bullet points, just a captivating video to emphasize your point!

Step 1: Find the YouTube video you want to embed

Locate the YouTube video that you want to add to your PowerPoint presentation.

Finding the right YouTube video is the first step. Make sure it’s relevant to your presentation’s content and will add value for your audience. Once you’ve found it, copy the URL from the address bar.

Step 2: Open your PowerPoint presentation

Open the PowerPoint presentation where you want to insert the YouTube video.

Make sure you’re on the slide where you want the video to appear before you move on to the next step. This will save you the hassle of moving it later on.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Insert’ tab

In PowerPoint, go to the ‘Insert’ tab on the menu bar.

The ‘Insert’ tab is where all the magic happens – from adding pictures and shapes to videos, it’s your go-to for jazzing up your slides.

Step 4: Select ‘Video’ and then ‘Online Video’

Within the ‘Insert’ tab, click on ‘Video’ and then select ‘Online Video’.

By selecting ‘Online Video’, you’re telling PowerPoint that you’re looking to add a video from the web, not one that’s saved on your computer.

Step 5: Paste the YouTube video URL

In the dialog box that appears, paste the YouTube video URL that you copied earlier.

After you paste the URL, PowerPoint will do a quick check to make sure it’s a valid link. If all is well, you’ll be able to move on to the next step.

Step 6: Resize and position the video on your slide

Once the video is embedded, you can resize and position it on your slide to fit your design.

Click and drag the corners of the video to resize it, and click and drag the video itself to move it around the slide. You can also use the format options to add effects like borders or shadows.

After you complete these steps, you’ll have a YouTube video embedded directly into your PowerPoint slide. No more awkward pauses while you exit the presentation to open up a browser. Your video will play seamlessly within your slide when you’re presenting, making for a smooth and professional presentation.

Tips for Putting YouTube Videos in PowerPoint

  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection during your presentation, as the video will need to buffer.
  • Test the video before your presentation to ensure it plays correctly.
  • Keep the video short and to the point – you don’t want to lose your audience’s attention.
  • Consider the volume of the video – ensure it’s audible for your audience but not overwhelming.
  • If the video is long, use the ‘Trim Video’ feature in PowerPoint to show only the relevant part.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can i put a youtube video in powerpoint if i don’t have an internet connection.

No, you need an internet connection to play a YouTube video in PowerPoint as it streams directly from the website.

Will the video play automatically when I get to that slide?

You can set the video to play automatically or when clicked – it’s up to you. You’ll find these options in the ‘Playback’ tab once the video is inserted.

Can I put a YouTube video in any version of PowerPoint?

You can embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2010 and later versions. Earlier versions do not support this feature.

What if the YouTube video is removed or the link changes?

If the YouTube video is removed or the link changes after you have embedded it, the video will not play in your PowerPoint. Always check the video link before presenting.

Can I embed a video that is not from YouTube?

Yes, as long as it’s an online video, you can embed it by following the same steps and using the video’s direct link.

  • Find the YouTube video you want to embed.
  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Click on the ‘Insert’ tab.
  • Select ‘Video’ and then ‘Online Video’.
  • Paste the YouTube video URL.
  • Resize and position the video on your slide.

There you have it – putting YouTube videos in PowerPoint is a piece of cake! With this handy skill, you can now make your presentations more dynamic and engaging for your audience. Just remember to choose videos that complement your content and resonate with your listeners. And don’t forget to test everything beforehand to ensure a smooth-running presentation. Happy presenting, and may your slides be ever compelling!

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How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint

We all know that Microsoft’s PowerPoint software has been a presentations staple for a few decades now. And whether you only used it in school once or twice, or you use it for work on a daily basis, there’s always something new to learn about the classic Microsoft platform. For example, did you know that you can embed YouTube videos in your PowerPoint presentations?

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Those custom animations and fanciful fonts are only going to hold your audience for so long, and nothing says “yay, a break from reading” like a two or three-minute YouTube clip. In this guide, we’re going to teach you how to add YouTube videos to PowerPoint slides, and answer a few frequently asked questions about this subject, too.

Step 1: Head to the slide where you want to embed a YouTube video by clicking it in the sidebar section, where all your slides are located. Now, click the exact area where you want to add the video, such as the title header or within the main body of text underneath.

Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top. Select the Video icon. From the drop-down list that appears, choose Online Video .

Please note that if you're using PowerPoint 2019 or newer, you'll be able to insert online videos from YouTube by just copying and pasting the video URL into a slide.

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Step 3: Open the video you wish to embed on YouTube. Under the video player, click Share and then the Embed icon. Under the Embed Video title, click the Embed Code once, which will select the entire code section. Click the Copy button or use the keyboard shortcut ( Ctrl + C on Windows).

Step 4: Go back to your PowerPoint presentation window after you’ve copied the necessary code. Within the From a Video Embed Code section, paste the code into the adjacent field. Click the Enter button on your keyboard or click the small, grayed-out Arrow .

Step 1: You can customize how you want the video to play on your slide. Click the Playback tab and make any necessary adjustments, such as the video playing automatically or only letting it play when you click the video itself.

Step 2: You can also click the video frame, then right-click and select the Format Video tab for further modification tools, such as the video’s brightness, size, and more.

If you’d prefer to embed a video into your PowerPoint presentation with a video contained within your system, Microsoft provides an option to do so.

Step 1: Choose exactly where you want to add a video file. Click the Insert tab and select the Video icon. Click the Video on My PC field.

Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to insert, then double-click it or click it once and select the Open button. Microsoft PowerPoint will embed the video with its own media player.

Please remember that if you do prefer the option to insert a video directly from your PC and you'll need to show the presentation via an external system, don't forget to save both the PowerPoint and video files onto your USB, external hard drive, etc. Otherwise, it won't be able to play the video. Moreover, add both of them into a single folder so they're interconnected to ensure playback.

If you want your YouTube to start playing the moment you open the slide it’s pasted to, the first thing you’ll need to do is make sure your slideshow is in Normal view. Next, click the YouTube video. Now click Playback > Start > Automatically .

You can also set up Play in Click Sequence , which automatically plays a slide’s YouTube video when you press the spacebar, right arrow key, or any other key that advances to the next slide.

There’s a couple of reasons your YouTube video may not be playing in PowerPoint. For starters, you should check to make sure the video you’re attempting to embed is compatible with PowerPoint. Popular formats like MP4, AVI, and WMV are supported. If your video isn’t in a PowerPoint-supported format, you could always convert it using programs like HandBrake .

If you’re playing an embedded YouTube video, the device you’re running PowerPoint on will need to be connected to the internet, too. If you know you’re going to be in a situation where you don’t have internet access, it’s probably a better idea to download the YouTube video to your computer first, and then place the video into your PowerPoint.

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How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint (Step-by-Step)

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This is your  SUPER GUIDE  for how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint, covering all versions of PowerPoint (find your version below).

Adding videos to your presentations is a great way to create more engaging content and backup your main points with PROOF.

Before you get started embedding your video though, there are 3 considerations to take into account

Note:  You are limited to what you can do with online videos in PowerPoint, compared to videos you embed from your computer. To learn all about these differences,  read our guide

YouTube Video Considerations

1. which version of powerpoint you are using.

There are various techniques for the different versions of PowerPoint and add-ins you can install to make this process (and your life) easier.

The guide below covers PowerPoint versions 2007, 2010, 2013 and the latest Office 365 version of PowerPoint.

2. Do you want the YouTube video’s entire playlist on your slide?

If so, you need to navigate to your video through the YouTube channel’s playlist, which drove me crazy when I was trying to figure this out.

Also, inserting a playlist isn’t available in PowerPoint 2007.

3. Do you need to trim your YouTube video?

If you want to take advantage of all the PowerPoint video editing features, you will need to find a way to download your YouTube video and embed it in PowerPoint.

That’s because the FULL range of PowerPoint video editing tools is only available for videos you directly embed into PowerPoint from your computer.

To see everything you can do with videos embedded directly from your computer (instead of from an online source like YouTube),  read our guide here .

PowerPoint 2019 (Office 365) Embed a YouTube Video

1. find your youtube video’s proper url.

Navigate to YouTube, find the video you want to embed in PowerPoint, open the video, and select share at the bottom of the YouTube video

To find the right URL for your YouTube video to embed into PowerPoint, follow these steps:

  • Navigate  to  YouTube.com
  • Use the  Search Bar  to find your video
  • Select  your video to open the YouTube Player
  • Click  Share  at the bottom of the video player
  • Click  Copy

The same is true if you are using an online video from another source.

You want to make sure you use the Share button (or similar feature) to get the proper URL for your video before you embed it into PowerPoint.

Otherwise it might not play properly, as discussed below.

WARNING: Get the right YouTube URL

You want to make sure you copy your video’s URL using the share button. DO NOT use the URL from your web browser.

That’s because the URL in your web browser tends to start where you last left off in the video and not at the beginning of the video.

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In the picture above this is reflected in the URL with T=60s. This means the video will start 60 seconds into the video, and not from the beginning.

This can lead to an embarrassing presentation, where you play the video at the punchline that you want to make instead of the full video that leads up to the punch line.

2. Embed your YouTube video into PowerPoint

Click the insert tab, open the video drop down, click online video, paste your video code into the dialog box and click insert

To embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint, simply:

  • Navigate to the  Insert  tab
  • Select the  Video  drop down (within the Media group)
  • Choose  Online Video
  • Where it says  Enter the URL for the Online Video ,  Paste  in (Ctrl + V) your URL
  • Click  Insert

Clicking  Insert , a message at the bottom of your screen will tell you the video is processing. Once it’s done, the video appears on your slide as you can see below

Example of a YouTube video embedded in PowerPoint

How to trim a YouTube video

Keeping in mind that you are limited in what you can do with online videos in PowerPoint (like YouTube videos), you can adjust the start time of your YouTube video.

This allows you to start your YouTube video at a certain time within the video, so you can just show the most relevant part of the video that backs up your presentation.

The trick to doing this is to adjust it BEFORE you copy the YouTube video’s URL.

If you want to trim both the start and end times of your video, you’ll need to download the YouTube video, embed the video from your PC and then use the Trim command.

To learn how to embed a video in PowerPoint (including trimming the video’s length),  read our guide here .

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To trim a YouTube video to a certain start time, simply:

  • Open  your YouTube video’s watch page
  • Click the  Share  button
  • Adjust the video’s  Start at  time

Adjusting the YouTube video’s start time, you’ll see the new start time reflected in the URL, as pictured below.

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PowerPoint 2013: Embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint

There are two ways to embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2013: the new dedicated YouTube option in PowerPoint, and the old embed code method.

Warning: New YouTube Option

Although the new YouTube option in PowerPoint simplifies the embedding process…you DO lose the capability to format your YouTube videos and/or embed an entire YouTube playlist.

To format the appearance of the YouTube video in PowerPoint 2013 or to grab a playlist, you still need to use the old embed code method (the second method).

I’ve covered both methods in the tutorials below. You’ll notice I used an image of a computer screen to frame the video and create a cool effect…just another tip for making your videos come to life!

There are two methods for adding YouTube videos in PowerPoint:

Method #1 –  The dedicated YouTube option (simplest but least flexible)

Method #2 –   Using the embed code (most flexible)

Although the words ‘embed code’ wig most people out, rest assured that you don’t need to know ANYTHING about coding to pull the second method off…YouTube does all of the hard work for you

Method #1: Dedicated YouTube option

1. search the youtube dialog box.

Click the insert tab, open the videos dropdown and select Online Video

Within the online video dialog box, go to the YouTube search box and type the name of the video you are searching for (in this case I’ve typed ‘breaking up your bullet points’), and then hit Enter.

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The dialog box searches YouTube and displays the video results. In this case the video we want is on the far left so I will select it and hit Insert.

In the YouTube dialog box select the video that you want to embed in PowerPoint and click insert

2. Resize the YouTube video to fit your screen

Note:  If you are using an image like I am, you want to extend the YouTube video until its controls cover up the bottom of the picture…which will make it look more realistic.

With the video setup, double-click the embedded YouTube video to load the video and see what it looks like.

Example of an embedded video in PowerPoint that has been resized to fit a picture of a computer monitor

What about the playlist and other formatting options?

Although this new YouTube embedding method is EXTREMELY fast and easy, notice that you are not given any options to remove the YouTube controls (on the bottom or the top of the video) and there was no option to include the entire YouTube playlist (assuming there is one associated with that video).

You can see the difference in this picture:

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

For more control over these additional features, you need to know how to embed a YouTube video using the embed code method, which is SUPER straightforward and easy…continue reading on to see how.

Method #2: Using the embed code

This technique not only works for embedding a YouTube playlist into your presentation, but will also work for embedding other online videos into your presentation.

1. Navigate to your YouTube video through the channel playlist

Assuming that you want a video’s entire playlist, you need to navigate to the channel where the playlist exists, and open the video through the playlist. If you don’t care about the playlist, simply search YouTube as you normally would.

This might seem SUPER weird, but as you will see in a minute, it works.

To get the playlist for this video, you can see that I’ve navigated to the Nuts & Bolts channel page (fancy that!), selected the playlists option, found my playlist and then found the video that I want within the playlist.

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Select the video (through the playlist) to open the video in YouTube as you normally would. Notice in the picture below, to the right of the video, you can see the entire playlist.

To embed a YouTube playlist in PowerPoint need to open through the actual playlist first

2. Navigate to the embed code

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3. Choose how you want your video to play

When embedding a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2013, there are few options you want to pay attention to, primarily:

Below the YouTube video you can choose to show suggested videos, show player controls, and to show video title and player actions before you embed it in PowerPoint

Option #1: Show Player Controls –  This includes the pause, play and other navigational features at the bottom of the YouTube video.

Option #2: Show Video Title and Player Actions –  This includes the tile of the video, share buttons on the far right and a playlist dropdown…assuming the video is part of a playlist and you navigated to it through the playlist itself.

Leaving these selected, the YouTube video will play in PowerPoint as demonstrated below.

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

If you uncheck both of these options, your YouTube video will play in your PowerPoint presentation as pictured below (you can obviously do a hybrid of these controls as well).

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

Other video options include:

Video size  – Not terribly important as you can manually resize your video within PowerPoint anyway.

Show suggested videos when the video finishes –  This is optional and depends on whether you want people to continue watching other videos once the video finishes. This option is not available if you navigate to the video through the playlist as I described above.

Enable privacy – Enhanced mode –  This last option is only relevant if you are embedding the YouTube video on a website…choosing this option will not work in PowerPoint.

4. Copy and Paste the Embed Code

Copy the entire embed code of the YouTube video to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint

Alternatively, you can simply right-click the video, select ‘Get embed code’ and then hit CTRL + C to copy.

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With the embed code copied, back in PowerPoint 2013, navigate to the Insert tab, open the Insert Video dropdown and select Online Video.

To embed an online video PowerPoint click the insert tab, open the video drop down and select online video

In the dialog box that pops open, in the ‘From a Video Embed Code’ option, hit CTRL + V on your keyboard to paste the embed code into the dialog box and then hit Enter.

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A black box is inserted into your layout that you now want to resize and position.

If you are using a blank TV or computer monitor image (as I am in this example) you want to stretch the video down to cover the bottom of the monitor so that the YouTube controls cover the controls on the static image…it will look more realistic this way.

Use of the white resizing handles on your video to resize the video to fit your PowerPoint layout

Note:  Going this route has given us more control over the look and feel of our YouTube video and we were able to get the playlist feature in the upper left-hand corner.

PowerPoint 2010: Embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint

Believe it or not, there are three ways to embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2010:

  • The free add-in (see Method #1 on the PowerPoint 2007 tab)
  • Using the Shock Wave ActiveX Control (see Method #2 on the PowerPoint 2007 tab)
  • Using the dedicated YouTube embed option

In this tutorial, I will focus on the third and newest method, which is a HUGE improvement over the previous methods: using the dedicated YouTube embed code option.

This method gives you the most flexibility in formatting your YouTube video in PowerPoint  AND  it allows you to embed an entire playlist…something that was not possible in PowerPoint 2007.

For the tutorial, I used an image of a computer screen to frame the video and create a cool effect…just another tip for making your videos come to life!

1. Find your YouTube video

Use the YouTube search bar to find the YouTube video you want to embed in PowerPoint

When embedding a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010, there are few options you want to pay attention to, primarily:

Option #2: Show Video Title and Player Actions –  This includes the tile of the video, share buttons on the far right and a playlist dropdown (see ‘getting the playlist’ below) on the left…assuming the video is part of a playlist.

Leaving these selected, your YouTube video will play in PowerPoint as demonstrated below.

If you uncheck both of these options, your YouTube video will play in your PowerPoint presentation as displayed here:

Video size  – This is not terribly important as you can manually resize your video within PowerPoint anyway.

Show suggested videos when the video finishes –  This is optional and depends on if you want people to continue watching other videos once the video finishes.

Enable privacy – Enhanced Mode –  This is only relevant if you are embedding the video on your website…choosing this option will not work in PowerPoint.

As YouTube states  “Enabling this option means that YouTube won’t store information about visitors on your web page unless they play the video.”

4. Copy and paste the embed code

With the YouTube embed code copied, back in PowerPoint, navigate to the Insert tab, select Video and then select the ‘Video from Web Site’ option.

In PowerPoint 2010, you want to select the insert tab, click the video drop down and select video from website

In the dialog box that pops open, hit CTRL + V on your keyboard to paste the YouTube embed code into the dialog box, and then click on Insert.

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A black box is inserted onto your slide that you then want to resize and position.

Note:  If you have the option to show the player controls at the bottom of your video, you will want to stretch the video out to cover the image you are using (in this case a blank computer screen) so that the YouTube video controls show on top of the controls on your image.

That way, when you play the video, it will look more realistic.

To see how the video lines up within your frame (which can be tough when you have a black box on top of a black frame), simply double click the video in the Normal View, and the YouTube video will load.

Notice in the picture below how the YouTube controls replace the controls on the bottom of the static picture I’m using, creating a more realistic effect in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint 2007: Embed a YouTube in PowerPoint

There are two methods for inserting YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2007, and a number of trouble shooting issues you need to be aware of.

Method #1: The Easy Way  – Using add-ins like the free one built by Microsoft MVP Shyam, which does all of the hard work for you.

Method #2: The Harder Way  –  Adding the Developer tab to your Ribbon, adding a Shockwave ActiveX Object, and then manually manipulating the URL of your YouTube video.

Which one is best depends on how many YouTube videos you need to add to your PowerPoint presentations and how often you plan to do so.

If you frequently need to install YouTube videos in PowerPoint, you should definitely get the free add-in for PowerPoint 2007 and/or consider upgrading to a more recent version of PowerPoint which gives you additional YouTube options like adding playlists.

Warning: Compatibility Issues

If you are sharing your files with people using other versions of PowerPoint, you also need to be aware of the compatibility issues.

YouTube videos inserted in more recent versions of PowerPoint (2010 and 2013) will not necessarily play when opened in PowerPoint 2007…they might, it just depends on how they were added.

That said, any YouTube video successfully inserted in an earlier version of PowerPoint, will always play in a later version.

Method #1: The Easy Way

Embedding YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2007 normally requires getting and manipulating the video’s URL. This easy method of using an add-in is awesome because it does all of the hard work for you!

It takes a minute in the beginning to download and install the add-in, but once it’s all set up, with just a few clicks (as you’ll see below), you can quickly grab your YouTube videos and play them directly in PowerPoint.

A big thanks to Microsoft MVP  Shyam Pillai  for developing this great free add-in!

1. Download the free add-in

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2. Extract the zipped file

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3. Copy the PowerPoint add-in

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4. Add the PowerPoint add-in

Back in PowerPoint 2007, open the Windows button in the upper left-hand corner and select PowerPoint Options.

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Select Add-ins on the left, use the drop-down at the bottom of the screen to filter to PowerPoint Add-ins and the select Go.

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In the Add-Ins dialog box that opens, select Add New.

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

Clicking OK, a macro dialog box might open. If it does, select Enable Macros.

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

You should now see the YouTubeVideo2k7 add-in in the window with a check mark next to it. Click Close.

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

With the add-in installed, if you now open up the Insert tab in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, you will have an added command at the end of the Insert Tab for quickly embedding YouTube videos.

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Now that you have the PowerPoint 2007 Add-In installed, let’s take a look at how to use it.

5. Navigate to YouTube and copy your video’s URL

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

Warning: Get the right URL

Be VERY careful here!

PowerPoint 2007 cannot play YouTube playlists, which you can tell by the length of the URL. Notice in the picture below the difference in length between the video and the video plus its playlist.

If you accidentally embed the longer URL into PowerPoint 2007, the YouTube video will not play, regardless of how you try to troubleshoot. If you want to embed a playlist in PowerPoint, you need to upgrade to PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2013.

You need to grab the shorter URL which is everything up until the ‘&list’ or ‘&index” separator. With the shorter URL selected, hit CTRL + C on your keyboard to copy it.

6. Insert the YouTube video using the add-in

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

Hit CTRL + V to paste in your YouTube URL, then hit Next.

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

You can select options for your video like Play and Loop. I will simply hit Next.

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

You can then choose to resize the video here if you like. But as we can do this on our own in a second, I will again simply hit Next.

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On the last screen, hit Finish

create youtube video from powerpoint presentation

The YouTube video is now inserted into your slide as a white box with an X through it.

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7. Resize the YouTube video

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As you resize the video, the entire box might turn white, but no worries, you are still fine.

8. Launch the YouTube video

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Assuming you are connected to the internet, the video will load and you will be able to play the video directly from within your PowerPoint 2007 presentation.

The final example of a YouTube video embedded in PowerPoint 2007

Method #2: The Hard Way

If that sounds scary to you, I highly recommend the easier method described above, using the free add-in.

1. Add the Developer Tab to your ribbon

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2. Insert a Shockwave file

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Within the dialog box, navigate down to Shockwave ActiveX Control, click OK.

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And then draw a rectangle on your slide (where your YouTube video will go).

Note that you cannot draw the Shockwave ActiveX Control on top of another object, so you will have to draw it on a blank part of your slide (assuming you have something on your slide).

Example inserting a video within a picture of a computer monitor

The Shockwave ActiveX object will look like a white box with an X through it. Resize and position the object on your slide, in this case I’m stretching it out to fit on top of my blank computer screen image.

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Now we are ready to get our YouTube video

3. find your youtube video’s url.

Navigate to YouTube and find your Video’s URL…but be VERY careful here! PowerPoint 2007 cannot play YouTube playlists, it can only play individual videos, so you need to be careful you don’t accidentally grab a video + its playlist.

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If you want to embed a playlist in PowerPoint, you need to upgrade to PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2013 and use the embed code method. See the PowerPoint 2013 tutorial below.

With the shorter URL selected, hit CTRL + C on your keyboard to copy.

4. Open up the properties of your Shockwave ActiveX object

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In the Properties dialog box, scroll down to the Movie section and paste in your URL.

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5. Adjust the YouTube URL within the dialog box

To get the YouTube video to play correctly in PowerPoint 2007, you need to make two adjustments:

#1: Delete the ‘watch?’ from the URL #2: Replace the ‘=’ with ‘/’

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With the URL adjusted, hit OK to close the dialog box.

6. Run your presentation

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So that’s how to embed a YouTube in PowerPoint, regardless of which version of PowerPoint you have.

This allows you to quickly and easily add interactive media features to your presentation.

The other advantage of embedding a YouTube video, is it does not increase the size of your presentation. That means that you don’t need to worry about compressing your presentation.

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This article certainly is thorough. Just an FYI, we’ve built a PowerPoint add-in at https://www.liveslides.com/websites/youtube/ that makes it significantly easier to embed and play YouTube videos (any web content really) directly in PowerPoint. Seriously, just a couple steps and you’re ready to roll.

Thanks for sharing, Jason. I’ve never used your software but we usually like anything that helps us save time. Cheers

Hey John, and thanks for sharing the software! Sounds like a handy program that can save you time – we like that! Just make sure you don’t abuse any copyright issues when downloading videos from the web 😉

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Inserting YouTube Videos into PowerPoint: A Step-by-Step Guide

  • December 27, 2022

As you know, YouTube is one of the most popular video sites in the world. Millions of people watch videos on YouTube every day. And with so many people watching videos on YouTube, it’s no surprise that now you can also easily insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint presentations. By incorporating YouTube into your presentations , you can give your audience something new and exciting to look at while they listen to what you have to say.

Videos are also great for illustrating key points and providing visual examples. So how can you incorporate a YouTube video in your PowerPoint presentation? Let’s take a look…

Create a new presentation in PowerPoint

Before you start editing your PowerPoint presentation to include a YouTube video, make sure you have a new presentation created.

You can create a new presentation from within PowerPoint by going to File > New > Presentation, or you can create a new presentation by using the charting tool. If you are using the charting tool to create a new presentation, ensure you select Standard chart type. You should also ensure that the charting tool is set to Excel data. Now that you have a new presentation created, you are ready to add a YouTube video.

Add a YouTube video to your presentation

To add a YouTube video to your PowerPoint presentation , you will first have to find the video you want to include. You can easily find the right video by using the YouTube search bar and entering the name of the video you are looking for.

For example, to find the best videos for learning about taxes, you would enter tax videos in the YouTube search bar. Once you find the video you want to include in your PowerPoint presentation, simply drag and drop it into your presentation. You can also copy and paste the video link into your presentation.

Next, you will have to add the YouTube video to the presentation. To do this, select the presentation’s tab on the left and then click on the down arrow located next to the Start button. You will now see the Library button appear. Click on the Library button and then select the Media button. You will now see all your PowerPoint presentations in the Media library.

Select the presentation you want to add the video in and click on the arrow located next to the Library button. Now click on the arrow located next to the Media button and select the Media button. You will now see all the videos in your PowerPoint presentations , select your video and click on the arrow located next to the Insert button. You will now see a dropdown menu, select PowerPoint.

Choose which YouTube video to include

With a YouTube video inserted into your PowerPoint presentation, it is time to choose which video to include. There are many ways you can choose which YouTube video you will include in your PowerPoint presentation, such as: – Pick the best video from the list of available videos. – Pick a video that matches the topic of your presentation, such as a video that relates to your presentation’s main topic. – Pick a video that is relevant to your audience, such as a video that is related to your target audience.

For example, if you have a presentation on marketing, you can choose a video on marketing that will interest your audience. Or, if you are planning a presentation on health and wellness and choose a video on travel, you might be missing out on the big picture. You can also choose a video about a specific topic, such as taxes. This way, your PowerPoint presentation becomes more relevant to your audience.

Change the appearance of your video

With your YouTube video in your PowerPoint presentation, you can change the appearance of your video. Changing the appearance of your YouTube video will help you to personalize your YouTube video and make it more relevant to your audience. You can change the appearance of your YouTube video by going to the YouTube video you added to your PowerPoint presentation and then going to the Video Settings menu.

With the YouTube video in the YouTube video settings menu, you can change the appearance of your video, such as the size, colour, and transparency. You can also change your video’s title and description so that your audience knows more about the video.

Combine HTML and JavaScript

If you have a PowerPoint presentation that you created with a YouTube video and you want to make the experience even more engaging, you can add HTML and JavaScript to your PowerPoint presentation. With HTML and JavaScript, you can make your video more engaging and interactive.

You can add HTML and JavaScript to the YouTube video you added to your PowerPoint presentation by going to the YouTube video settings menu, and then doing the following: – Click on the Advanced Option. – Now select the Enable HTML5 Video and JavaScript options.

Add a YouTube Player Button

If you want your PowerPoint presentation to feel more engaging and interactive, you can add a YouTube player button to your PowerPoint presentation. With a YouTube player button, your PowerPoint presentation will feel more engaging and interactive. You can add a YouTube player button to your PowerPoint presentation by going to the YouTube settings menu, and then selecting the Add a YouTube player button option.

With a YouTube player button, your PowerPoint presentation will feel more engaging and interactive. With a YouTube player button, the video play button will turn into a full-screen button, so your audience will have to click on it to exit full-screen mode. Now that your PowerPoint presentation is more engaging and interactive, you can now engage your audience with your video.

How to Customize the YouTube Video in PowerPoint?

With your YouTube video in your PowerPoint presentation, you can customize the video in a number of different ways. By customizing your video you can change the play button color, change the color of the play button, and change the way the video plays. To customize the video in your PowerPoint presentation , go to your YouTube video settings menu, and then do the following: – Click on the Customize button. – Select the color, size, and placement options for your play button. – Click Save and then click Close.

Bottom line

With a YouTube video added to your PowerPoint presentation, you can now easily communicate your message to your audience and help them learn new things. You can also add a YouTube video to your PowerPoint presentation to create a more engaging experience for your audience and make your presentation more engaging and interactive.

Now that you know how to incorporate a YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation, you can easily use it to help educate your audience while they are listening to what you have to say.

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How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

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  • Click on the thumbnail of the web video and click the Insert tab.

Adjusing the video size in PowerPoint

Pros and Cons

  • Quick and easy
  • Requires that viewers have a stable internet connection
  • Playback is not customizable
  • Can’t be done in PPT version 2007 and earlier

2. How to Add a Video in Presentations Using an Embed Code

A more advanced way to embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint presentations is to use the embed code. This method allows you to customize the YouTube video’s attributes by using the YouTube API parameters.

Here’s a brief guide on how to embed a YouTube video in your PowerPoint slide:

Copying an Embed code

  •  Click on the Insert button or Enter.

Note: Before you add the YouTube video to PowerPoint, you can add some parameters to the code to make the video play the way you need it to. For example, you can let the video start playing automatically after a user opens the PowerPoint slide it has been placed in, or you can specify how many seconds from the start the video will begin and when it will end.

You can read about all the available YouTube API parameters here .

  • More control over the online video’s playback and appearance with the help of parameters
  • More time consuming than inserting a link
  • An internet connection is required

3. How to Insert YouTube Videos in PowerPoint as Screencasts

While all of the above tips require viewers to have an internet connection, you can make your presentation internet independent by making a screen capture of the YouTube video by using the built-in screencasting tool. This option is available in PowerPoint 2013 and later versions. 

Here is how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint as a Screencast:

Capturing a screen

  • Open the YouTube video you want to add and click Select Area on the control menu. You’ll see a cross-haired cursor. By clicking on it and dragging it, you can select the area of the screen that you want to record. Note: It automatically records the audio and the mouse pointer. To turn off these options, deselect Audio and Record Pointer on the control dock.

Deselecting options

  • When you’ve finished, save your presentation with a video: File tab > Save . The recording is now embedded in the selected PowerPoint slide.
  • Video can be played offline
  • The quality of the captured video content is lower than that of the original version
  • Requires more time than other techniques (the time required depends on the duration of the video you capture)
  • May violate author’s rights

4. How to Put a YouTube Video in PowerPoint via iSpring Suite

This method assumes that you need to add YouTube videos in PowerPoint presentations and then turn your PPT deck to HTML5 so users can open and view them in a browser or convert the entire PowerPoint presentation to video format . This is a perfect way to go if you want to insert a YouTube video into a PowerPoint document and then share your presentation online and protect it from plagiarism and unfair use. You can do this easily with the help of iSpring Suite, one of the most robust PowerPoint add-ins.

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Here are the simple steps on how to add a YouTube video to a PowerPoint deck before publishing it to the Web:

  • Download iSpring Suite and install it on your computer. 

The iSpring Suite tab

  • Click on OK to insert a video into PowerPoint.
  • To see how your PowerPoint presentation looks in a browser, click on the Preview button.

Publishing a video

  • Sharing options: slides can be shared online so learners can see them in a browser from any device (PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and on any OS (Windows, Mac, etc.)
  • Presentation can’t be edited by external sources after conversion, so copyrights will be protected
  • Slides are safe behind a wall of protections – watermarks, passwords, and time and domain restrictions
  • The PowerPoint presentation can’t be opened in offline mode
  • Requires downloading third-party software

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How to Choose the Best Way to Embed YouTube Videos in Presentations

To simplify matters, take a look at this chart. It compares the pros and cons of all described methods in one place, so you can choose the one that’s most suitable for your needs.

FAQ on How to Embed YouTube Videos in PowerPoint

1. what video formats are supported in powerpoint presentations.

Here are the video file formats you can add to your presentations.

  • Windows Video (.asf)
  • Windows Video (.avi)
  • MP4 Video (.mp4, .m4v, .mov)
  • Movie (.mpg, .mpeg)
  • Windows Media Video (.wmv)

2. How do you embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint Presentations and have them play automatically?

This method works for the “Embed It as an Online Video” option. Once you’ve added a video in PowerPoint, you can control how it will play: automatically, when clicked, or in the click sequence. 

To set this up, go to the Playback tab of the PPT ribbon. It appears when you select the video on a presentation slide.

Playback tab in PowerPoint

Then click the drop-down menu next to Start and choose Automatically if you want the video to begin as soon as you open the slide.

Playing video automatically

3. Why can’t I embed YouTube videos in my PowerPoint Presentation?

There may be different reasons why you can’t embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint. To understand this issue, check out this article by Microsoft.

4. PowerPoint can’t insert a video from the selected file. How can I fix it?

There could be several reasons why PPT isn’t allowing you to insert a video from the selected file. The first possible issue is a video format compatibility — PPT may not support the format of the video you are trying to insert. One more reason is codec issues. Codecs are software used to compress or decompress a video or audio file. If your system doesn’t have the correct codec, the file will not play. Check out this article by Microsoft to find out details.

5. Can I download YouTube videos?

There are certain limitations and legal aspects that you should be aware of. YouTube’s Terms of Service specify that videos are intended for streaming, not for downloading, and unauthorized downloading can violate copyright laws. There are also third-party services — free YouTube downloader apps that allow you to download videos from YouTube. But using such services might be against YouTube’s policies, potentially leading to the suspension of your account.

YouTube offers an official way to access videos through its own app for offline viewing, which is YouTube Premium, a subscription-based service. This is legal and permitted by YouTube’s policies.

Additionally, if you are the owner of the content or have explicit permission from the owner, you can download the video directly from YouTube’s site.

There are several ways to add YouTube videos to PowerPoint. Embedding YouTube videos may require different amounts of time and have various playback options. If you want to customize video playback, the best option will be to embed video content in your slide. If your task is capturing a video and inserting it into a PowerPoint presentation that will be played offline, record a screencast. And, finally, in case you want to share your presentation online and are concerned with its security, use iSpring Suite . 

Useful Resources on PowerPoint

We hope you found our step-by-step guide helpful. Are you a PowerPoint lover? If so, here are some other helpful articles that will provide all the tips on how to get the most out of PowerPoint and grab your audience’s attention:

  • How to Share a PowerPoint Presentation Online
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  • How to Convert PowerPoint Presentation to an eLearning Module
  • How to Remove the Background From a Picture in PowerPoint

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Most likely this is due to a specific item with an incompatible content type for saving as a video.

However, we need to cover the basics. Be sure your install is up to date. Use the Menu Bar and choose PowerPoint > About Microsoft PowerPoint . The version should be 16.85 or higher. Is it?

If there is some unusual content type on a slide, try cutting that slide from the presentation and try exporting without the unusual content. If you can't think of anything unusual on a slide, then start by splitting your presentation file into two halfs. Try exporting them. If one exports OK and the other doesn't, then you know bad content is in the half that won't export. Keep cutting in half till you narrow it down to the slide (or slides) having bad content.

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6 ways to create more interactive powerpoint presentations.

Engage your audience with cool, actionable features.

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  • Embed Microsoft Forms (Education or Business Only)
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  • Add Clickable Images to Give More Info
  • Add a Countdown Timer

We've all been to a presentation where the speaker bores you to death with a mundane PowerPoint presentation. Actually, the speaker could have kept you much more engaged by adding some interactive features to their slideshow. Let's look into some of these options.

1. Add a QR code

Adding a QR code can be particularly useful if you want to direct your audience to an online form, website, or video.

Some websites have in-built ways to create a QR code. For example, on Microsoft Forms , when you click "Collect Responses," you'll see the QR code option via the icon highlighted in the screenshot below. You can either right-click the QR code to copy and paste it into your presentation, or click "Download" to add it to your device gallery to insert the QR code as a picture.

In fact, you can easily add a QR code to take your viewer to any website. On Microsoft Edge, right-click anywhere on a web page where there isn't already a link, and left-click "Create QR Code For This Page."

You can also create QR codes in other browsers, such as Chrome.

You can then copy or download the QR code to use wherever you like in your presentation.

2. Embed Microsoft Forms (Education or Business Only)

If you plan to send your PPT presentation to others—for example, if you're a trainer sending step-by-step instruction presentation, a teacher sending an independent learning task to your students, or a campaigner for your local councilor sending a persuasive PPT to constituents—you might want to embed a quiz, questionnaire, pole, or feedback survey in your presentation.

In PowerPoint, open the "Insert" tab on the ribbon, and in the Forms group, click "Forms". If you cannot see this option, you can add new buttons to the ribbon .

As at April 2024, this feature is only available for those using their work or school account. We're using a Microsoft 365 Personal account in the screenshot below, which is why the Forms icon is grayed out.

Then, a sidebar will appear on the right-hand side of your screen, where you can either choose a form you have already created or opt to craft a new form.

Now, you can share your PPT presentation with others , who can click the fields and submit their responses when they view the presentation.

3. Embed a Live Web Page

You could always screenshot a web page and paste that into your PPT, but that's not a very interactive addition to your presentation. Instead, you can embed a live web page into your PPT so that people with access to your presentation can interact actively with its contents.

To do this, we will need to add an add-in to our PPT account .

Add-ins are not always reliable or secure. Before installing an add-in to your Microsoft account, check that the author is a reputable company, and type the add-in's name into a search engine to read reviews and other users' experiences.

To embed a web page, add the Web Viewer add-in ( this is an add-in created by Microsoft ).

Go to the relevant slide and open the Web Viewer add-in. Then, copy and paste the secure URL into the field box, and remove https:// from the start of the address. In our example, we will add a selector wheel to our slide. Click "Preview" to see a sample of the web page's appearance in your presentation.

This is how ours will look.

When you or someone with access to your presentation views the slideshow, this web page will be live and interactive.

4. Add Links and Menus

As well as moving from one slide to the next through a keyboard action or mouse click, you can create links within your presentation to direct the audience to specific locations.

To create a link, right-click the outline of the clickable object, and click "Link."

In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, click "Place In This Document," choose the landing destination, and click "OK."

What's more, to make it clear that an object is clickable, you can use action buttons. Open the "Insert" tab on the ribbon, click "Shape," and then choose an appropriate action button. Usefully, PPT will automatically prompt you to add a link to these shapes.

You might also want a menu that displays on every slide. Once you have created the menu, add the links using the method outlined above. Then, select all the items, press Ctrl+C (copy), and then use Ctrl+V to paste them in your other slides.

5. Add Clickable Images to Give More Info

Through PowerPoint's animations, you can give your viewer the power to choose what they see and when they see it. This works nicely whether you're planning to send your presentation to others to run through independently or whether you're presenting in front of a group and want your audience to decide which action they want to take.

Start by creating the objects that will be clickable (trigger) and the items that will appear (pop-up).

Then, select all the pop-ups together. When you click "Animations" on the ribbon and choose an appropriate animation for the effect you want to achieve, this will be applied to all objects you have selected.

The next step is to rename the triggers in your presentation. To do this, open the "Home" tab, and in the Editing group, click "Select", and then "Selection Pane."

With the Selection Pane open, select each trigger on your slide individually, and rename them in the Selection Pane, so that they can be easily linked to in the next step.

Finally, go back to the first pop-up. Open the "Animations" tab, and in the Advanced Animation group, click the "Trigger" drop-down arrow. Then, you can set the item to appear when a trigger is clicked in your presentation.

If you want your item to disappear when the trigger is clicked again, select the pop-up, click "Add Animation" in the Advanced Animation group, choose an Exit animation, and follow the same step to link that animation to the trigger button.

6. Add a Countdown Timer

A great way to get your audience to engage with your PPT presentation is to keep them on edge by adding a countdown timer. Whether you're leading a presentation and want to let your audience stop to discuss a topic, or running an online quiz with time-limit questions, having a countdown timer means your audience will keep their eye on your slide throughout.

To do this, you need to animate text boxes or shapes containing your countdown numbers. Choose and format a shape and type the highest number that your countdown clock will need. In our case, we're creating a 10-second timer.

Now, with your shape selected, open the "Animations" tab on the ribbon and click the animation drop-down arrow. Then, in the Exit menu, click "Disappear."

Open the Animation Pane, and click the drop-down arrow next to the animation you've just added. From there, choose "Timing."

Make sure "On Click" is selected in the Start menu, and change the Delay option to "1 second," before clicking "OK."

Then, with this shape still selected, press Ctrl+C (copy), and then Ctrl+V (paste). In the second box, type 9 . With the Animation Pane still open and this second shape selected, click the drop-down arrow and choose "Timing" again. Change the Start option to "After Previous," and make sure the Delay option is 1 second. Then, click "OK."

We can now use this second shape as our template, as when we copy and paste it again, the animations will also duplicate. With this second shape selected, press Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, type 8 into the box, and continue to do the same until you get to 0 .

Next, remove the animations from the "0" box, as you don't want this to disappear. To do this, click the shape, and in the Animation Pane drop-down, click "Remove."

You now need to layer them in order. Right-click the box containing number 1, and click "Bring To Front." You will now see that box on the top. Do the same with the other numbers in ascending order.

Finally, you need to align the objects together. Click anywhere on your slide and press Ctrl+A. Then, in the Home tab on the ribbon, click "Arrange." First click "Align Center," and then bring the menu up again, so that you can click "Align Middle."

Press Ctrl+A again to select your timer, and you can then move your timer or copy and paste it elsewhere.

Press F5 to see the presentation in action, and when you get to the slide containing the timer, click anywhere on the slide to see your countdown timer in action!

Now that your PPT presentation is more interactive, make sure you've avoided these eight common presentational mistakes before you present your slides.

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