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Insert Movies in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how to insert video clips in PowerPoint 2007.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

Remember: As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once; then copy any movie/video file you want to insert to the same folder as the presentation.

Thereafter, follow these steps to insert a movie clip in PowerPoint 2007:

  1. From the Insert tab of Ribbon choose the Movie option, and click the downward pointing arrow below to bring up a menu. Then choose the Movie from File option as shown in Figure 1.

    Movie from File
    Figure 1: Movie from File
  2. This brings up the Insert Movie window (see Figure 2). Locate the folder where your movies are saved, and select any movie clip you want to insert. Click OK.

    Insert Movie
    Figure 2: Insert Movie

    What About Video Formats?

    PowerPoint 2007 can accept many video formats, as detailed in our PowerPoint Friendly Video Formats page. However, PowerPoint 2007 cannot play QuickTime files even though you will be allowed to insert them, as shown in the list of video file types you can insert (see Figure 3).

    List of video file types
    Figure 3: List of video file types
  3. This brings up the message window that you can see in Figure 4. PowerPoint will ask you how you want the movie to start in the slideshow?

    Movie playing mode
    Figure 4: Movie playing mode

    If you choose Automatically, PowerPoint will play the movie the instant that the slide containing the movie is shown in slide show view.

    If you choose When Clicked, the presenter will have to click on the movie clip that PowerPoint places on the slide to play the movie.
  4. Whichever option you choose (as explained above), PowerPoint will place the movie at the center of the slide as shown in Figure 5.

    Movie placed on slide
    Figure 5: Movie placed on slide
  5. Now select the movie, and the Ribbon area will show the Movie Tools Optionstab, as shown in Figure 6. Activate this Ribbon tab.

    Movie Tools Options tab
    Figure 6: Movie Tools Options tab
  6. Under Movie Tools Options tab, you can:

    • Set the slideshow volume
    • Make the movie loop until stopped
    • Rewind movie after playing
    • Hide the movie during slideshow
    • Align the placement of the movie clip on the slide
    • Set movie dimensions
  7. You can also check the option that says Play Full Screen -- enabling this option will play the movie full screen.
  8. Save your presentation.

Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.

See Also:

Insert Video (Movie) Clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Insert Video (Movie) Clips in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Insert Video (Movie) Clips in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Insert Video (Movie) Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Insert Movies in PowerPoint 2003, 2002, 2000, and 97 for Windows

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