How to add YouTube videos to your PowerPoint 2007 presentations

This tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of adding YouTube videos to your Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 presentation files.

  1. Open the PowerPoint file (.ppt) that you want to add a YouTube video in (or create a new one). Click the “Office” button and then click the PowerPoint Options button in the bottom menu.
  2. From the PowerPoint Options window select Popular from the menu in the left pane. In the Top options for working with PowerPoint section, place a check next to the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon entry. Click OK.

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  4. Now you should see a Developer tab in the top menu. Select it.

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  6. In the Controls section, click the More Controls button, which can be identified by hovering your mouse over it (it’s the one with the hammer and wrench, as indicated in the screenshot below).
  7. When the More Controls window opens, scroll down to the Shockwave Flash Object entry, select it, and click OK.
  8. Initially you won’t see any changes to your presentation at all. That’s OK. “Draw” a rectangle in the space you wish to place the YouTube video. It doesn’t have to be perfectly sized or placed, as you can adjust later.

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  10. Make sure that the rectangle is the currently “selected” object (it should be by default, unless you ‘clicked away’ somewhere after you created the rectangle). Then click the Properties button in the Controls section.
  11. A rather large Properties box will appear, with many options to choose from.
  12. The 4 options that you’ll most want to pay attention to are 1. (Name), 2. Loop, 3. Playing and most importantly, Movie.

    The Name isn’t critical, but can make things easier if you end up embedding multiple YouTube movies in the same presentation. Click in the field next to (Name) and give the video a name. Something descriptive is ideal, but it doesn’t really matter. As seen in the screenshot below, I named my video RedRocks.

    The Loop entry indicates if you want your video to continue playing over and over (in a loop) while the slide is displayed. If you only want the video to play once, change the true value next to the Loop field to false.

    The Playing field indicates if you want your video to start playing as soon as the slide opens. If you want to manually start the video (by clicking play) – change this entry to False.

    And now for the most important part – the movie. Find the video you want to put into your PowerPoint presentation, and copy the URL. The vast majority of YouTube videos will have a URL similar to:

    You’ll need to make some minor changes to that URL.
    Delete the watch? text and replace the = (equals sign) that follows the v with a / (forward slash). The resulting URL should look like this:

    Make sure that’s the URL you enter into the field next to Movie. When you’re done making your changes, close the Properties window.

  13. You’ll probably notice that nothing at all seemed to have changed in your PowerPoint slide. Hit the F5 key on your keyboard to ‘preview’ the slide.

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  15. Now you’ll see the slide with the YouTube video placed in the rectangle you drew all the way back in step #6. Hit the Esc (escape) key on your keyboard to close the preview.

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  17. If you want to change the location or size of the YouTube video, just click and drag the ‘object’ until you’re happy with it’s size and position.

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  19. Again, hit F5 to preview the slide.

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  21. That’s it – you’re done! If you want to add more YouTube clips to your presentation, just repeat steps 3-12.

2 thoughts on “How to add YouTube videos to your PowerPoint 2007 presentations”

  1. Sir will you share your experiences with me. I’m a student and I got a job. I have to make videos for youtube and also have to share the video online on YouTube only.

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