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I have found multiple descriptions on the Internet about how to add Youtube videos in Powerpoint 2013, but in each case I am hung up on a single step. When I go to Insert->Video->Online Video I see the following screen:

Insert online video selection screen

Everything I have found indicates that Youtube can be an option here, as well as embedding video with the online embed code. However, since I only have the option for Skydrive or Facebook, I'm pretty limited. I've tried adding Youtube as a service through File->Account->Connected Services section, but nothing seems to change.

Technical details:

  • Powerpoint 2013, 32-bit (Office Professional Plus)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit
  • Flash player is installed (both Chrome and IE versions)
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All the guides online suggest that you should have a YouTube option and an Embed Code option in the screen above. You may need to run your Office installation again and check if these components are installed, or maybe your Office installation is corrupted. – ADTC Aug 28 '13 at 9:24
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Steps to Embed a Youtube video into PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Open your Powerpoint presentation

  2. Move to the slide you would like to add the video to

  3. Set the Developer Tab to visible (skip this step if your Developer Tab is already visible):

    • Click File->Options
    • Click “Customize Ribbon”
    • Check mark the option “Developer” (from the Main Tabs option list on the right)
    • Click OK
  4. Draw a shockwave control for the video onto your slide:

    • Click the Developer Tab
    • Click the “More Controls” (Icon looks like wrench and screwdriver under Controls)
    • Select “Shockwave Flash Object” and Click OK
    • Draw your desired rectangle video window over your slide
  5. Set your video:

  6. Done!

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You can always download the video from Youtube (search the Net), convert it to a format the PC knows maybe using Windows Movie Maker) and then embed the video onto the Powerpoint.

The main advantage is that you won't need to use the Internet while presenting. In most presentations I made I found that Internet access was unreliable, at best. The disadvantage is that you need to have space to store the video.

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I know I could download it, but I want to keep my presentations from exploding in size. And I'll be in a classroom with very reliable Internet, so that's not an issue. – Ryan Aug 28 '13 at 5:34
You can also download the video, put it in the same place as your presentation, and link to it (relative link), instead of embedding it. Just ensure you carry the video along with the presentation file. – ADTC Aug 28 '13 at 9:15
Actually, Powerpoint prevents from exploding in size, as it already knows video files are large, and as such, all embedded videos like this are relatively linked. – Doktoro Reichard Aug 28 '13 at 12:54
@Doktoro Reichard: actually, no. Since PPT 2010, videos are embedded by default. – Steve Rindsberg Sep 1 '13 at 1:19
@Steve I wouldn't say "by default" but rather "by design" (well, semantics are bothersome). This Microsoft Support page explains all this. – Doktoro Reichard Sep 1 '13 at 16:16

You need to find get the embed code from the Youtube video page and copy it. You then need to go to Insert > Media > Video, choose Video from website and paste in the embed code.


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Those instructions are for 2010. The process has changed, and the screenshot in my question shows where the From Website should be, but is not. – Ryan Aug 28 '13 at 5:32
Oh I see, my apologies. That's strange - as you probably know, the menu you mentioned in your question is the correct place, but you should have more options available. Could you please add your version of Office (e.g. Home and Business, Professional Plus, 365, RT, etc) to the original question? Also, is the computer in question connected to the internet behind a non user/password required proxy? (e.g. a non corporate proxy or just normal ADSL) – Andrew White Aug 28 '13 at 5:37
It's already there, but it's Professional Plus, and it's just a regular old Internet connection. No proxy. – Ryan Aug 28 '13 at 13:15

Between problems with getting this to work reliably and YouTube changing their embedding codes (and, I suspect, potential legal issues) MS has disabled this feature.

It might work to use Shyam Pillai's free LiveWeb add-in ( to embed a web browser instance, then set the web browser to the you tube vid's URL.

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Do you have a source for the disabling? I didn't see anything about that. – Ryan Sep 2 '13 at 16:25
It's changed so recently that MS may not have documented it yet (if they plan to at all). – Steve Rindsberg Sep 3 '13 at 13:41

You can also use the workaround given int the following post.

Regards, TechhNettGuru.

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Would be commendable to put more information in your post rather than a link. :) – quark8 Sep 13 '13 at 19:29
Or please at least link to the appropriate post. Nothing on the front page of the site mentioned PowerPoint. – Ryan Sep 17 '13 at 17:38

You can add services like Facebook for Office, Flickr, or YouTube so you can quickly add images, videos, or files to an Office file by clicking File > Account > Add a service. If you can’t choose or see a service, you might need to sign in to Office. Or you might see different services if you are signed in under a Personal or Organization account.

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