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Insert Video from YouTube in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to insert YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. Do note that these are linked videos, and you need to be connected online to insert and play them.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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PowerPoint allows you to use various sources 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 insert a video from YouTube within PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Video button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. From the resultant drop-down menu, choose the Online Video option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1.
  2. Online Video option
    Figure 1: Online Video option
  3. Doing so will bring up the Insert Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 2, below.
  4. Insert Video dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Video dialog box
  5. Type in the keyword(s) within the box placed next to the YouTube option and hit the Enter key or click the Search button, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above. We typed "mountains" as our keyword, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  6. Based on the keyword(s) entered, you'll see results in the next window, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  7. Video search results from YouTube for the entered keyword(s)
    Figure 3: Video search results from YouTube for the entered keyword(s)
  8. Options within the search result window are explained below, as marked in Figure 3 above.
  9. A. Back to Sites

  10. Click this to get back to the Insert Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 2, previously on this page.
  11. B. Video Results

  12. Here you can see the number of search results for the keyword you entered.
  13. C. Search Bar

  14. The search bar allows you to change or enter more search keywords.
  15. D. Search Results

  16. Here you can see all the videos that YouTube provides for the keyword(s) you have entered.
  17. E. Video Source

  18. Here you can see the selected video’s name and source.
  19. F. Selected Item

  20. Since you can’t select more than one video at a time, here you can always see only ‘1 item selected’.
  21. Select the video you want and click the Insert button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, above.
  22. The selected video will be downloaded and inserted within your slide, as shown in Figure 4, below. Double-click the video or click the Play button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, to play the inserted video on the slide.
  23. Video inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Video inserted on the slide
  24. Make sure to save your presentation often.

Do I Need To Be Connected Online?

  • 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:

    14 05 04 - Online Video Clips: Insert Video from YouTube in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

    Insert Video from YouTube in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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