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Insert Flash Movies into PowerPoint 2007 using the Developer Tab

Learn how to insert a Flash movie into a PowerPoint 2007 slide.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






To insert a Flash movie into PowerPoint 2007 - you must enable the Developer tab on the Ribbon. 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.

Remember: To bring in the Flash movie within PowerPoint, you also should copy your Flash movie to the same folder which contains the PowerPoint presentation

Follow these steps to insert a Flash movie into PowerPoint 2007 using Developer tab:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation and select the slide where you want to insert the Flash movie. It's good to save your presentation at this time -- press Ctrl + S to save.
  2. Access the Developer tab of the Ribbon, and within the Controls group, click the More Controls button (see Figure 1).

    More Control button
    Figure 1: More Controls button
  3. This will bring up the More Controls dialog box that you can see in Figure 2. Scroll down to select the Shockwave Flash Object option, and click OK.

    Select to place a Shockwave Flash Object control
    Figure 2: Select to place a Shockwave Flash Object control
  4. The cursor will now turn into a crosshair. Drag and place an instance on the slide so that your control looks like what you can see in Figure 3.

    The placed Shockwave Flash Object control
    Figure 3: The placed Shockwave Flash Object control
  5. Select the inserted control and right-click. From the resultant menu, choose Properties (see Figure 4). Alternatively you can click the Properties button within the Developer tab of the Ribbon (within the Controls group).

    Access the properties
    Figure 4: Access the Properties pane
  6. This will bring up the Properties pane that you can see in Figure 5.

    Properties Pane
    Figure 5: Properties pane
  7. In the Properties pane, select the Movie option and type the name of your Flash SWF (see Figure 6) -- 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 2007's security options don't respect the True value for EmbedMovie.

    Properties pane with a link to the inserted Flash movie
    Figure 6: Properties pane with a link to the inserted Flash movie
  8. Close the Properties pane to get back to PowerPoint interface and save the presentation.

Note: If you save your PowerPoint presentations with Flash movies inserted in them as the default PPTX files, then those Flash movies will not play in PowerPoint 2003 or previous versions (on Windows). To have them play in those older versions, you should work with PPT files (the older PowerPoint file format) rather than PPTX files.

See Also:

Insert Flash Movies into PowerPoint 2016 for Windows using the Developer Tab
Insert Flash Movies into PowerPoint 2013 using the Developer Tab for Windows
Insert Flash Movies into PowerPoint 2010 using the Developer Tab for Windows

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