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Insert Video Using Embed Code in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to insert video using Embed Code in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7, 8, and 10

The next option in our Insert Online Video in PowerPoint 2013 series is inserting video from a Video Embed Code. Here you can use embed code from any site and paste into Insert Video dialog box to insert the video clip into your slide. Technically, this option should work with YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and most other sites. In reality, this option seems to only work with YouTube! And with YouTube, you don't even need code since PowerPoint 2013 allows you to directly search and insert video clips from YouTube.

Note: If you want to insert a video uploaded by someone else, make sure that you obtain the owner's approval before using the video.

Having said so, let's explore how you can add video clips using embed code -- for all you know, some day you may be able to use code from sites other than YouTube as well! Follow these steps to learn how to use the Video Embed Code option to insert a video clip within PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Go to the video sharing site from where you want to insert an online video clip -- we visited YouTube, and found a video clip we liked. Then click the Embed option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. You'll see that the code is highlighted and ready to be copied.

    Access the Embed option
    Figure 1: Access the Embed option

  2. Copy the code using Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut.

  3. Thereafter access the Insert tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint. Click the Video button (highlighted in red within Figure 2). From the resultant drop-down menu, choose the Online Video option (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).

    Online Video option
    Figure 2: Online Video option

  4. This will bring up the Insert Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.

    Insert Video dialog box
    Figure 3: Insert Video dialog box

  5. Paste the copied embed code within the the box associated with the From a Video Embed Code option and press Enter key, or click the small arrow next to the inserted hyperlink. In Figure 3 above, you can see that we have pasted the embed code, as shown highlighted in red.

  6. This will insert and link the video within your slide, as shown in Figure 4.

    Video inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Video inserted on the slide

  7. Play the presentation in Slide Show view to check the inserted video -- make sure your computer is connected online beforehand because this file is not downloaded -- but merely linked.

  8. Make sure to save your presentation.


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