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Insert Video from YouTube in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how you can insert YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

PowerPoint provides various sources which allow you to insert online video within your slide. We have already explained how to insert video from OneDrive. In this tutorial we'll cover how you can insert video from YouTube. Follow these steps to learn how to use the YouTube option to insert a video within PowerPoint 2016:

  1. Access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Video button (highlighted in red within Figure 1). From the resultant drop-down menu, choose Online Video option (highlighted in blue within Figure 1).

    Online Video option
    Figure 1: Online Video option
  2. This will bring up the Insert Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.

    Insert Video dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Video dialog box
  3. Type in the keyword(s) within the box placed next to the YouTube option and hit the Enter key or click the Search button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above). We typed "mountains" as our keyword (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above).
  4. Based on the keyword(s) entered, you'll see results in the next window, as shown in Figure 3.

    Video search results from YouTube for the entered keyword(s)
    Figure 3: Video search results from YouTube for the entered keyword(s)

    Options within the search result window are explained below, as marked in Figure 3 above.

    A. Back to Sites: Click this to get back to the Insert Video dialog box (refer to Figure 2, shown earlier in this page).

    B. Video Results: Here you can see the number of search results for the keyword you entered.

    C. Search Bar: The search bar allows you to change or enter more search keywords.

    D. Search Results: Here you can see all the videos that YouTube provides for the keyword(s) you have entered.

    E. Video Source: Here you can see the selected video’s name and source.

    F. Selected Item: Since you can’t select more than one video at a time, here you can always see only ‘1 item selected’.
  5. Select the video you want and click the Insert button highlighted in red within Figure 3, above.
  6. The selected video will be downloaded and inserted within your slide, as shown in Figure 4. Double-click the video or click the Play button (highlighted in red within Figure 4) to play the inserted video on the slide.

    Video inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Video inserted on the slide
  7. Make sure to save your presentation.
Note: You will need to be connected online for these videos to play on your slide. Remember these are online videos that are merely linked. These videos are not saved within your presentation.

See Also

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