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Insert Video Clips from the Clip Art Pane Into PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to insert a video or movie clip (including Animated GIFs) into PowerPoint 2010 from the Clip Art task pane.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






The Clip Art task pane typically offers illustrations, drawings, sounds, and pictures but it also provides a small selection of video clips (including Animated GIFs), which can be inserted in your presentation. To insert a video clip from the Microsoft Clip Art collection, follow these steps:

  1. Within PowerPoint 2010, open the presentation you want to use and select the slide where you want to insert the video clip.

  2. Access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and within the Multimedia group, click the bottom part of the Video button to bring up a dropdown menu as shown in Figure 1. Then choose the Clip Art Video option.

    Clip Art Video option in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 1: Select the Clip Art Video option

  3. This opens the Clip Art task pane, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 2.

     Clip Art task pane in PowerPoint
    Figure 2: Clip Art task pane

  4. Within the Clip Art task pane enter the keyword(s) in the Search for text box (highlighted in red, see Figure 3) and click the Go button to retrieve your search results.

    Clip Art task pane Keyword Search
    Figure 3: Keyword in Search for text box

  5. Select the Clip Art video you want to use, and click the down arrow to the right of the clip to bring up the contextual menu that you see in Figure 4. Select Insert from the menu that appears, as shown in Figure 4. Alternatively, just select the clip and drag it to your slide.

    Clip Art video Insert option in PowerPoint
    Figure 4: Insert the Clip video

  6. This will place the Clip Art video into your PowerPoint slide (see Figure 5). PowerPoint 2010 typically embeds such clips as part of the presentation.

    Resize it larger or smaller as required -- do note that clips that are originally smaller in size (as is the case with the clip shown in Figure 5) may pixelate if resized much larger.

    Video clip inserted from the Clip Art pane into PowerPoint
    Figure 5: Video clip inserted from the Clip Art pane into PowerPoint

  7. Run the slideshow to view the Clip Art video playing.

  8. Save your presentation.

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