Insert Flash Movies into PowerPoint 2013 - Using the Developer Tab
Learn how to insert Flash movie into PowerPoint 2013, using Developer tab.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7, 8, and 10
PowerPoint 2013 allows you to insert video (and also online videos) files within your presentation -- one of the file formats that you can use for these video options is Flash SWF. You can also use the Developer tab of the Ribbon to insert Flash SWF movies. First of all, make the Developer tab visible as it is not visible by default. You also need to have the updated version of Adobe's Shockwave Flash ActiveX control -- to make sure, you have the current version installed, go to this site using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Follow these steps to insert a Flash movie into PowerPoint 2013 using the Developer tab:
- Open the PowerPoint presentation and select the slide where you want to insert the Flash movie.
- Access the Developer tab of the
Ribbon, and click the
More Controls button (highlighted in red within
Figure 1: More Controls button
- This will bring up the More Controls dialog box that you can see in
Figure 2. Select the Shockwave Flash Object option, and click the
Figure 2: More Controls dialog box
- The cursor will now turn into a crosshair. Drag and place an instance of the control on the slide, as
shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Shockwave Flash Object control placed on the slide
- With the Flash control inserted, you need to set the properties -- to do that select the the inserted
Flash control and within the Developer tab, and click the Properties button
(shown highlighted in red within Figure 4).
Figure 4: Properties button
Alternatively you can right-click the inserted Flash movie, and from the contextual menu, choose Property Sheet option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.
Figure 5: Property Sheet option
- Either of these actions will bring up the Properties pane that you can see in
Figure 6: Properties pane
- Within the Properties pane, select the Movie option and type the
name of your Flash SWF (see Figure 7) -- no path is required since the presentation and
Flash movie (SWF) are placed in the same folder. Also make sure that the EmbedMovie
option remains set to False, since PowerPoint 2013's security options don't respect the
True value for EmbedMovie.
Figure 7: Properties pane with a link to the inserted Flash movie
- Close the Properties pane to get back to PowerPoint interface.
- To see you Flash movie playing, play your presentation in
Slide Show view.
- Save your presentation.
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