How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint 2013

Embedding a YouTube video in a PowerPoint 2013 presentation is a great way to make your slides more dynamic and engaging. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2013.

Find the YouTube Video You Want to Embed

First, go to YouTube and find the video you want to embed. Make sure the video is public or unlisted, not private or your embed code won’t work.

Once you’ve found the right video, copy the video URL from the address bar. You’ll need this later when pasting the embed code.

Get the Embed Code

  1. Below the YouTube video, click the Share button.
  2. In the dialog box that pops up, click the Embed tab.
  3. Highlight and copy the embed code. It will look something like this:
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Note: Make sure you copy the embed code, not just the video URL. The embed code includes extra parameters needed to display the video properly.

Paste the Embed Code in PowerPoint

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and go to the slide where want your video to appear.
  2. On the Insert tab, click the Video dropdown and select Video from Web.
  3. In the dialog box, paste the embed code into the From a Video Embed Code box.
  4. Click the Insert button.

The YouTube video will now appear on your slide as a video placeholder.

Format and Adjust the Embedded Video

With the video selected on your slide, the Video Tools tab will appear with options to format and adjust:

  • Use the Video Styles group to add borders, shadows, etc.
  • Use the Size group to adjust width and height
  • Use the Playback tab to set video start behavior, trim length, add fade in/out, etc.

Tip: To maintain the original aspect ratio when resizing, drag a corner handle rather than a side handle.

Preview and Present

  • Click Slide Show > From Beginning to preview how your embedded video plays in presenter mode.
  • When showing your slides to an audience, you must be connected to the internet for the YouTube video to play properly.

Embedding online videos can make your PowerPoint decks more compelling and visually appealing. Just follow the steps outlined here for seamless YouTube video integration.

Troubleshooting Embedded YouTube Videos

Here are some common issues and fixes when embedding YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2013:

Video not playing

  • Confirm internet connectivity
  • Re-copy embed code in case it got corrupted
  • Try a different browser

Video appears cropped or distorted

  • Select video and click a corner handle to resize proportionally

Playback controls not working

  • Interact with video first to activate controls
  • Check that video is not set to play full screen

Video loads slowly

  • Reduce video resolution in YouTube before embedding

Related videos showing after video ends

  • Add ?rel=0 to end of embed URL to disable related videos

Can’t find Online Video option

  • Ensure Office 2013 updates are installed
  • Use IE10 or later browser

Embed from a URL (Alternative Method)

If you can’t get the embed code method to work, here is an alternative way to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Copy the YouTube video URL from the address bar.
  2. In PowerPoint, paste the video URL on the slide.
  3. With the URL selected, click Insert > Video > Insert as Online Video.
  4. The video will now appear on your slide as a placeholder.

This method is less reliable but can work in a pinch. You may need to adjust the URL formatting for the video to play properly.

Sample Embedded YouTube Videos

Here are some examples of YouTube videos embedded in PowerPoint 2013 slides using the steps outlined in this article:

Sample Embedded YouTube Video 1

Sample Embedded YouTube Video 2

Recap and Key Takeaways

  • Find desired YouTube video and copy embed code
  • Paste embed code into PowerPoint using Video from Web option
  • Format video appearance using Video Tools tab
  • Preview video playback with Slide Show > From Beginning
  • Troubleshoot issues with distorted playback, no controls, etc.
  • Alternative method is inserting video URL directly

Embedding online videos can make your PowerPoint presentations more engaging and persuasive. Follow this guide for successfully integrating YouTube videos into your PowerPoint 2013 slides.