How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

During a presentation, a combination of media always performs better. The use of images, graphics, pictures and videos not only makes your presentation more informative but also more attractive to the audience. If you have a YouTube video that you would like to use during your presentation, it is as simple as embedding it in a slide. Here’s how.

Find the YouTube Video Insertion Code

Instead of linking to a YouTube video in your presentation, embedding it in the slide is usually the best choice. It gives your presentation a more professional look because it will not leave your slide to open the YouTube website. However, keep in mind that, even with the video embedded in your presentation, you will still need to be connected to the Internet to play the video.

First, go to YouTube and find the video you want to embed. Once you are there, select the “Share” option, which you will find in the description of the video.

 Share button on YouTube

A window will appear that will give you some different vehicles to share the video. Continue and click on the “Embed” option in the “Share a link” section.

 button embedding

Another window will appear, which provides the insertion code along with some other options. If you want to start the video at a certain time, select the “Start at” box and enter the time you want the video to start. In addition, you can select whether you want player controls to appear and whether you want to enable enhanced privacy mode.

Note: Improved privacy mode prevents YouTube from storing information about visitors who visit your website in which the video is embedded unless they play it. Since we will use the insertion code in a PowerPoint presentation, this option is not necessary.

Select “Copy” in the lower right part of the window to copy the insertion code to your clipboard. Alternatively, select the code and use the shortcut Ctrl + C.

 copy the embed code

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Select the slide where you want to embed the YouTube video. In the “Insert” tab, click on the “Video” button.

 select the video option

In the drop-down menu, select the option “Online video”.

 Online Video

The Insert Video window that appears lets you search for a video on YouTube or paste it into the embed code that you copied from the YouTube website. Paste the insertion code and click on the arrow to complete the action.

 paste the embed code

Your video will now appear in the presentation. To resize the video, click and drag the corners.

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Note that at the beginning, the video will appear as a black rectangle. Do not worry, this is normal. Just right click on the video and then select “Preview.”


This will give you a quick preview of how the video will look during your presentation.

YouTube video search in PowerPoint

You can also search for a YouTube video from that Insert Video window in PowerPoint. Enter the search terms and then click on the search icon.

 search Youtube

Several options will appear: 888,341 in the case of Rick Astley’s Never Astonna video that we are looking for. Select the one you want to use.

Then select “Insert” in the lower right part of the window.

That’s it. In general, we recommend searching the actual YouTube website and using the embed code as described above, mainly because the site is much easier to search and you can watch the videos before selecting the one you want. Even so, if you know exactly what you are looking for, this method could work well for you.

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