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Insert Video Using Video Embed Code in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn to use embed code to insert online video in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. This technique works with several video sharing sites.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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The next option in our Insert Online Video series is inserting a video using some video embed code. Here, you can use embed code from any site and paste it 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 2016 allows you to directly search and insert video clips from YouTube.

Obtain Permissions

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, someday 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 2016 for Windows:

  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. Next, click the Embed option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, below. You'll see that the code is highlighted and ready to be copied, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. Access the Embed option
    Figure 1: Access the Embed option
  3. Copy the code. You can use the Ctrl + C keyboard shortcut.
  4. Thereafter, access the Insert tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint. Click the Video button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below. From the resultant drop-down menu, choose the Online Video option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2.
  5. Online Video option
    Figure 2: Online Video option
  6. Doing so will bring up the Insert Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  7. Insert Video dialog box
    Figure 3: Insert Video dialog box
  8. Paste the copied embed code within the box associated with the From a Video Embed Code option and press the Enter key, or click the small arrow next to the inserted hyperlink, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above. You can see that we have pasted the embed code, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
  9. Doing so will insert and link the video within your slide, as shown in Figure 4, below. You can resize and move the video clip, as needed.
  10. Video inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Video inserted on the slide
  11. Click the Play button or double-click the embeded video clip and play the video to check the inserted video. Make sure your computer is connected online beforehand because this file is not downloaded but merely linked.
  12. Make sure to save your presentation often.

See Also:

14 05 05 - Online Video Clips: Insert Video Using Video Embed Code in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

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