Answered By: Andrew James Catalano
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2017     Views: 2152

PowerPoint for Windows: Before using the instructions below, be sure that your installed version of Microsoft Office is fully up to date.

Here's how to embed videos in PowerPoint for Windows after you have installed the updates:
PowerPoint 2010: Embedding a YouTube Video  (pdf printable file)
PowerPoint 2013: Embedding a YouTube Video  (pdf printable file)
PowerPoint 2016: Embedding a YouTube Video  (pdf printable file)

If the above instructions don't work for you, here's how to manually insert a YouTube video in your PowerPoint presentation:
How to Manually Insert a Video into Your PowerPoint  (pdf printable file)

PowerPoint for Mac:  Procedures are a little different if you're using an Apple Mac computer.

PowerPoint 2011: Unfortunately, there is no easy way to insert YouTube videos if you are using the 2011 version of PowerPoint on your Mac. Your best option currently is to use a program to save the YouTube video as an .mp4 or .mov file on your Mac and then use the Insert Movie function in PowerPoint. One popular program for saving YouTube videos is Free YouTube Converter for Mac; it can be downloaded at

PowerPoint 2016: To embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, you'll need to install an Add-in for Office.

  1. In PowerPoint, select the Insert tab on the ribbon, and then select Store.
    (Or, in your web browser, go to

  2. Enter "Web Video Player" in the search box, and follow the steps to install the Add-in.

Once the Add-in is installed, you'll be able to use it to play videos from YouTube or Vimeo directly in your slides. For more information, see Add a video to your PowerPoint 2016 for Mac presentation.

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