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How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

One of the best ways to supplement content, engage the audience, and break up monotony in PowerPoint presentations is to embed YouTube videos. Using video materials has been an easy and popular method to improve the visuals and impact of slide decks. 

Spice up your presentation by using three ways to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint without third-party tools. 

How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint as an Online Video

PowerPoint essentially utilizes iframe when you embed a YouTube video into your slides. This “iframe” holds the YouTube video URL, and when the slide is loaded, it requests what’s in the URL. YouTube server then sends back the video data to be played on their web player, which is now attached to your PowerPoint slide. Here are six easy steps for attaching a YouTube video to PowerPoint. 

  1. Go to the Insert tab and click on Video.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Online Video.
  3. In the Insert Video window, paste the YouTube video URL you want to use.
  4. Click the arrow next to the Insert button and select Insert as Link.
  5. Resize and reposition the video as needed on the slide.
  6. Preview the video by clicking on the Play button.

This method won’t allow changes in start time, autoplay, encrypted media, and other parameters.  For such controls, explore the embed code method. When using this method, you might want to add a video that is already polished and publicly published on YouTube.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint Using an Embed Code

If you want to tinker with other parameters for your presentation, inserting a YouTube video in PowerPoint through embed codes is a better option. With this method, you can add a video using generated iframe codes, control how your video appears, and restrict user controls. 

  1. Open the video from YouTube that you want to use.
  2. Click “Share” then “Embed.”
  3. Adjust and copy the generated embed code.
  4. Open your PowerPoint and navigate to the desired slide.
  5. Go to “Insert,” click “Video,” then “Online Video.”
  6. Paste the YouTube embed code into the box to insert a video.
  7. Adjust the video’s size and position as needed. 

Instead of using a direct link, this method uses YouTube’s iframe code generator. Embedding a YouTube video in PowerPoint with embed code is a better option if you need to customize and standardize your output. 

How to Embed a Video in PowerPoint Using Screen Recording

Microsoft PowerPoint has a built-in screen recording tool that automatically captures mouse pointer movements and audio. Hence, users can create the video they want to insert into their presentations without worrying about ads or internet issues. 

You can use this method in putting a YouTube video on PowerPoint if you want to record yourself and embed your files seamlessly.  

  1.  Open PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to embed the video.
  2. Click the “Insert” tab, then select “Screen Recording.”
  3. Define an area for recording the video you want, then click “Record.”
  4. Record your video footage and narration as needed.
  5. Stop the recording using Windows Key + Shift + Q.
  6. Wait until PowerPoint automatically attaches the video to the presentation.  
  7. Adjust the automatically inserted screen recording as needed.

Screen recording is the only method that allows offline video access. Your video is locally embedded in the presentation itself.  However, if you don’t want your presentations to bulk up in file size, you can upload your screen recording to YouTube and use previous embed methods. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What video formats are supported in PowerPoint?

Adding YouTube videos in PowerPoint doesn’t need file formats. PowerPoint supports various video formats, including MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, and MPG. However, the recommended format for video files is MP4 with H.264 video and AAC audio codecs.

How to have your YouTube videos play automatically in PowerPoint?

Once you’ve embedded the video into your PowerPoint slide, right-click on it. A drop-down menu will appear, and select “Start.” Choose ‘Automatically’ instead of ‘On Click.’ This will allow the video to play without manual clicking. 

How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint without Ads? 

Unfortunately, there is no direct method of disabling YouTube ads from appearing but to “skip” them like you would on the actual platform. However, you can add the parameter “&rel=0” at the end of the video URL to turn off video suggestions at the end.

Take note: YouTube accounts associated with AdSense will automatically show ads.  


We’ve seen different ways to transform a YouTube video into PowerPoint slides. Each way has its perks. You can insert a URL or use an embed code. You can even record your screen with PowerPoint. All these methods can make your presentations stand out.

If you’re seeking a more accessible, efficient, and professional way to present to your clients, consider Ahsuite’s “View” features. Utilizing iframe embedding, this feature lets you showcase a wide range of files, from videos to dashboards. 

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