How to add YouTube videos into PowerPoint

A PowerPoint presentation can allow you to insert a YouTube Video or link so that you can play it during your presentation. The challenge is that most people don’t know how to embed a YouTube video in their presentation. Lucky for you, we are going to empower you on how to add YouTube videos to PowerPoint presentations with this article.

In some cases, to access video links during presentations, the user would copy links from slides and paste them into a browser. Of course, this might obstruct the flow of the presentation. It is also time consuming and unprofessional. Thus, to help you stay organised during presentations, we have provided a few brilliant tips on how to add YouTube videos to your PowerPoint presentations.

If you want to use our free wizard to customize the YouTube video before adding to PowerPoint click here.

The first step is to search for the name of your YouTube video.

Follow these simple steps;

  • Open YouTube on your preferred browser.
  • In the YouTube search box, type in a keyword of the video you wish to add to your presentation.
  • Once the results are displayed copy the name of the video.

The second step is adding the YouTube Video in your presentation.

Follow these simple steps;

  • Launch PowerPoint and open your presentation.
  • Add a new slide or click on the slide on which you would like to add to the video.

  • Navigate to the Insert tab.
  • On the Insert tab, click Video > Online Video (A YouTube search box will appear).
  • Type or paste the name of your YouTube video in the YouTube search box and press enter.

  • Your YouTube video will appear amongst the search results.
  • Click on it and then click insert at the bottom of the page.
  • Your YouTube video will be inserted into the page (you can drag and resize the video as you please).

Preview the YouTube Video on the PowerPoint Presentation

Once you have your YouTube video on your slide, you can select it, then click on the playback tab located on the PowerPoint ribbon. To preview your video on the slide, you will need to click preview, then click on the play button. You can also switch to the playback tab that is on the ribbon to make choices about when and how the video plays.

How to Improve the Playback of PowerPoint Embedded Videos

PowerPoint utilises the video playing technology of internet explorer to allow you to play videos that are embedded in your slides. Of course, you should install the latest version of internet explorer for best results. It will certainly ensure that your videos play smoothly. However, it is not an obligation to open the internet explorer browser while playing the video. PowerPoint makes use of its underlying technology to play the videos that you add to the presentation.

Therefore, in conclusion..,

Adding videos to PowerPoint presentation has become a common skill in the modern world. The practice adds value and meaning to your presentation. Extinct, are the days when you would insert the URL manually in a browser to play a YouTube video during a presentation.

It can take you less than 2 minutes to add a video to your PowerPoint presentation. You only need to connect to the internet, and your video will play smoothly as long as you followed the right procedure while embedding the video.

Why does my YouTube video not autoplay?

If you are a regular user of YouTube, then you will probably agree that one of the handiest things about it is the fact that it has the suggested videos and autoplay features. If you’re watching a video that you like then YouTube will automatically populate a long list of other, similar videos that you may also find interesting. Once your current video has finished playing, YouTube will then automatically play the next video in this populated list if you take no action.

The autoplay feature is great for situations such as parties where may want to just pick a song that you like and then let YouTube do the rest. This ‘set and forget’ method will enable you to play your favourite genre of music for many hours without having to do so much as press a button or click a mouse.

YouTube autoplay does come with one main disadvantage though. For many people, it simply doesn’t work. There’s nothing more annoying than watching a video on YouTube, and expecting more similar videos to play afterwards, only to find that the room goes silent and that nothing happens. If autoplay is not working for you the next time you’re trying to watch videos on YouTube, then try one of the methods that follow.

 

Make sure that Autoplay is enabled

Regardless of all of the other settings and options that you tweak and play with, if you haven’t enabled the autoplay feature on YouTube then it simply will not work. First thing’s first, make sure that autoplay is enabled when you’re watching a video. This is simple enough to do, as the autoplay button appears on the same page as any video that you may be watching. It’s a toggle switch that is highlighted blue if autoplay is enabled, or greyed out if it is not. If the button looks grey, simply click it once and wait for it to turn blue and for a tick to appear on the switch itself.

 

Check for Browser Profile Corruption Issues

If you’re one of the 15% of the internet population who use Firefox then the chances are that you will also be one of the people who have problems with the YouTube autoplay feature. Fortunately it’s a fairly simple fix, that just involved getting the latest version of the browser from Mozilla, and pasting a few lines of code into the profile in the AppData folder on your computer. Doing this and then restarting your browser will usually mean that autoplay starts to work again.

 

Alter the URL

If none of the above solutions work to enable autoplay on your YouTube video, then this little trick probably will. In your browser’s URL field where you typed in ‘https://www.youtube.com/’, simply add ‘?autoplay=1’ to the end of your video’s URL. This will set the value of the autoplay feature to ‘1’, which is translated into ‘true’ by the browser. The browser then knows to enable the autoplay feature on the video that you’re watching.

 

Disable AdBlock

People who are using various different internet browsers and have had problems with YouTube’s Autoplay feature in the past have found that the issue can often be resolved by disabling AdBlock. If you have AdBlock then you will find it under your browser’s add-ons or extensions, and adding YouTube as an exception will probably fix the issue so that autoplay works again. Of course the main disadvantage of this method is that you will be forced to watch the ads, and on YouTube there are a lot of them.