How to add a video to a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation

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Microsoft PowerPoint has built-in features that allow a video to be played from a slide. Users can insert a video into the slide itself, or link to an external video source on the Internet. To proceed, select the option that best suits you and follow the instructions.

Inserting a video into a slide
Add Internet video link to a slide

Inserting a video into a slide

If the video you want is located on the Internet, we recommend that you download the video to your computer, then insert it into the slide. Doing so will result in a more smooth video playback on the slide.

Additionally, if the PowerPoint slide deck will be stored on a USB flash drive, it is best to save the video file to the flash drive first, and then insert it into the slide using the steps below.

  1. Open the Microsoft PowerPoint program.
  2. Open the slide deck you want to add a video to or create a new slide deck.
  3. Select the slide where you want to insert the video.
  4. In the Ribbon menu bar at the top of the program window, click on the Insert tab.
  5. On the Insert tab, click the Video option, then click the Video on My PC sub-option (shown below).

Insert video into a PowerPoint slide

  1. In the Insert Video window, navigate to where the video file is located on your computer, select it, and click the Insert button.
  2. The video can be played by clicking the Play icon Video Play button in Microsoft PowerPoint on or just below the video.

Tip: If desired, you can move the video to any place on the slide by clicking the holding the left mouse button on the video, and then dragging it to the desired location.

If you would prefer to add a hyperlink to a video on the Internet into a slide, rather than the video itself, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Microsoft PowerPoint program.
  2. Open the slide deck you want to add a video to or create a new slide deck.
  3. Select the slide to which you’d like to add the link.
  4. Type a name for the video link. For example, you can type “Link to video” on the slide, which will become a clickable link after following the rest of the steps below.
  5. Select and highlight the name you typed for the video link.
  6. In the Ribbon menu bar at the top of the program window, click on the Insert tab.
  7. On the Insert tab, click the Hyperlink option (circled in red below).

Insert hyperlink into PowerPoint slide

  1. In an Internet browser, find the Internet video to which you want to link, and then copy its URL.
  2. In the Insert Hyperlink window, paste the video URL into the Address field (red arrow above) and click the OK button.
  3. A clickable link will be created that plays the desired video.

Note: If the Internet connection is slow or unstable, video playback may be choppy, or the video may stop and start often due to buffering. For this reason, we recommend downloading the video to a computer or flash drive, and then inserting the video into the PowerPoint slide (details in the first section).





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