How to Add a YouTube Video to Google Slides

Want to spice up your Google Slides presentation with a YouTube video? In that case, use the built-in Slides feature to embed your YouTube videos with customizable options. We’ll show you how.

When you embed a YouTube video, you can play it from the beginning or at a specific time. You can also choose the time when the video ends. Also, if you don’t want to hear the sound of the video, you can mute the sound of the video, as we explain below.


Embed a YouTube video in a Google Slides presentation

To embed a YouTube video in Google Slides, you first need to get the URL (web link) of your video. You can get this URL by going to your video’s page on YouTube and then copying the link that appears in your web browser’s address bar. The link should look like this:

Once the video link is ready, start the video embedding process by first opening a web browser on your computer and launching Google Slides. On the site, select the presentation in which you want to add a video.

When your presentation opens, in the left sidebar, click the slide where you want to embed the video. Then, in the Google Slides menu bar, select Insert > Video.

Select Insert > Video from the menu bar.

An “Insert video” window opens. Here at the top, click the “By URL” tab to embed a video using its web link. The other way to add a video is to use the “Search” tab where you can find and select your YouTube video.

We will use the “By URL” method in this guide.

Go to the “By URL” tab.

In the “By URL” tab, click on the “Paste YouTube URL here” field and paste the link of your YouTube video. You can use the shortcut Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac) to paste the link.

As soon as you paste the link, you will see the preview of your video. Confirm that this is the video you want to embed, then at the bottom of the window, click “Select”.

Your YouTube video is now embedded in the selected slide. To change the size of the video on the slide, drag the available handles around the edge of the video.

Drag the manipulators around the video.

To customize how your video plays, use the “Format Options” sidebar on the right. In this sidebar, you will primarily use the “Video Playback” section to control the playback of your embedded video.

The options you can customize in this section are:
Play (on click): To have your video play only when you click, select this option.
Play (Auto): To have your video play automatically when the slide arrives, use this option.
Play (manual): If you want the video to play only when you launch it manually, select this option.
Start at: If you want your video to play at a specific time, enter that time here. For example, enter “02:00” to have your video start at 2 minutes.
End at: This option allows you to choose the time when your video will stop playing.
Mute sound: If you don’t want the sound of your video present in your presentation, activate this option.

Customize the options in the “Video Playback” section.

Feel free to tweak the options available in other sections, such as “Size and Rotation”, “Position”, and “Drop Shadow”.

Customize options for YouTube video further.

Google Slides automatically saves your changes, so you don’t have to do anything to keep your video in the presentation.

And that’s how to make your presentations more engaging by including multimedia content. Enjoy!

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