SOLVED: Can Not Embed Video in PowerPoint 2013

UPDATE2: (May 14 2014): This is now fixed with the most recent round of Windows Updates.  READ THIS for more details
UPDATE1:  (March 3 2014): Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 does NOT resolve this issue.

If you tried PowerPoint 2013’s INSERT > VIDEO > ONLINE VIDEO since August 2013 you will know that it is broken and Microsoft confirms that there is not immanent fix in THIS KBase article.  However you can still embed (ok… link not embed) a YouTube or Vimeo video directly into your PowerPoint 2013 by following this process.  In case you have an older version of PowerPoint read THIS post I wrote in 2011.

  1. Add the DEVLOPER tab into your PowerPoint
    • The PowerPoint Options dialog pops up.
    • Click the Customize Ribbon button at left bar;
    • Besides the left bar, please  select Main Tab from the Choose  Commands drop down menu;
    • In the Main tab box, click the Developer item;
    • Go on to click the Add button;
    • Go to the bottom and click the Ok button to close this dialog
  2. Click the DEVELOPER tabhow-to-embed-youtube-into-powerpoint-2013-properties
  4. Select SHOCKWAVE FLASH OBJECT and click the OK button
  5. Drag your mouse to draw a box for your video
  6. Right click on the box and select PROPERTY SHEET
  7. Copy the URL from a YouTube (or Vimeo) page and paste it into the MOVIE field
  8. Replace the WATCH/V= with V/
  9. You also might want to change the LOOP field to FALSE… your call
  10. Enjoy



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    anon July 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Your instructions don’t work for me 🙁

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews August 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      What is not working? If you provide some details, I will be happy to help 🙂

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      anon 2 November 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      nothing happened

      • Ian Matthews
        Ian Matthews December 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        Hi Karma; This is an old post that MS explaining a solution to a problem Microsoft has now resolved (as noted at the top of the post). Now you just use the INSERT tab > VIDEO and paste the URK of your video.

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    David Bergman February 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Michael: is your Powerpoint app still available? I can’t find it at the Office Store.
    Thank you

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    Michael Saunders March 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I actually just published a free PowerPoint app on the Office Store that lets you play YouTube videos right on the PowerPoint slides, not just a link:

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