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How to Embed Video in PowerPoint – Step by Step Guide

Video presentations are the most effective, fastest and easiest way to convene a message to an audience. Last year, 74% of internet traffic comprised video material. By 2020, online videos will make up more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic, yet only 4% of presenters use video during their presentations.

Microsoft PowerPoint, created in 1987 by a small software company called Forethought, Inc., has become over the last decades the world’s most successful presentation software and a staple of Microsoft Office along with Word and Excel. A testament to the creator’s vision is that, thirty-two years on, PowerPoint remains one of the easiest and most widespread ways to create a digital presentation.

Microsoft has released several Office versions for Windows and Mac. The capabilities that PowerPoint offers get better and better with every new version. Posting videos on your digital presentation has never been so easy. Here is a simple to follow 3-point tutorial of how to upload videos to the 2016 version of PowerPoint and capture the undivided attention of your audience.

Before starting…

Make sure the video you want to upload into your presentation is in a format compatible with your version of PowerPoint. The latest versions of Microsoft Office like 2010, 2013 and 2016 accept more video formats – Windows Video File (.asf), Windows Video (.avi), Adobe Flash (.swf), MP4 Video (.mp4, .m4v, .mov), Movie (.mpg or .mpeg), Windows Media Video File (.wmv).

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3-Point Tutorial on How to Put a Video in Powerpoint

STEP 1. Getting Started

DRAG and DROP the video onto the slide or CLICK on INSERT, on the top left of the menu.

How to embed video in powerpoint step1

STEP 2.  Approaching the Target

On the top right corner of the drop down menu click on


SELECT MOVIE BROWSER, MOVIE FROM FILE, or ONLINE MOVIE, according to the place from where you are uploading your video


How to embed video in powerpoint step2

How to embed video in powerpoint step3


STEP 3. Going to Town

PLAY with the settings on the VIDEO FORMAT TOOLBAR to make sure it plays the way you want it to. For example: SELECT SIMPLE FRAME, BLACK or DOUBLE FRAME WHITE