November 6, 2023

How to Embed a Video in Google Slides


Presentations are evolving, with videos bringing content to life. Learn how to effortlessly spruce up your Google Slides presentation with videos, turning it from good to dazzling.

Looking to embed into PowerPoint instead? Check out our comprehensive guide here.

How to Prepare Your Google Slides

To kickstart the process, you need a few things.

First, a Google Account - that's your key to unlock the awesomeness of Google Slides. Don't have one? No problem.

A quick visit to Google's support page can fix that. Sign up, and you're good to go.

Next up, you need a solid internet connection. We're talking about videos here, and they can be data-hungry. Working with videos on a dawdling connection could mean unnecessary loading times or, worse, crashes. So, make sure your internet connection is up to the task.

Finally, where is your video coming from?

Perhaps you've recorded your Google Meet session and want to jazz up your presentation with it. Or, are you eyeing a catchy YouTube video? Or do you have a fantastic video file right on your device?

Both work, but the process to embed them into your Google Slides is a tad different.

Worry not; we'll cover both.

Just get these things set up with the tabs open, and you're ready to proceed.

Oh, and if you're looking to embed a video in PowerPoint, here's your guide.

Steps to Creating a Google Slides Presentation

If you're starting out or you're moving over from PowerPoint, let's cover the basics.

Step 1: Open Google Slides

Quick start?

Log into Google Drive.

Click on "New," then "Google Slides". And voila!

Welcome to your fresh, new slide presentation.

Step 2: Get familiar with Google Slides interface

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Google Slides. Look around.

Notice menus?

The "File", "Edit," "View," and so on - they're your tools.

Spot the toolbar? Yep, the one with icons for text box, image, shapes, lines, and (Surprise!) video.

That's where most of your actions will happen.

Now, onto the slides.

The main area in the center is where you'll create your magic. Your slides are your canvas.

Play around. Add some text or images.

Get a feel of it. Think you're ready?

Alright, let's move on.

How to embed a YouTube video

Google Slides and YouTube - they go along like cheese and wine. Both are Google products, after all.

With your YouTube video ready, let's get it into your slides. Google Slides makes it super easy. It's almost like they were made for each other. Get ready to unfold the steps and enrich your slides like never before.

Step 1: Selection of the slide and the video

To start, choose where you want the video.

Once you've selected the right slide, it's time to fetch the video. Head over to YouTube. Find that perfect video. Got it? Alright.

Copy the video URL.

That's your video ticket!

Step 2: Insert and adjust the video's settings

In your presentation, click on "Insert" from the menu and select "Video."

A box pops up.

Simply paste your YouTube URL here. Hit "select," and your video's now part of your slide.

But hold on, we're not done yet. Let's make it look good.

Adjust the video size by simply dragging corners.

Click on the "Format options" and explore the video settings. Here, you can set a start/end time, enable autoplay, or even mute the video.

Adjust till it feels right.

How to insert a video for your computer

Got a video file downloaded you need to add?

Firstly, if you want to upload to YouTube, you can keep it private and shareable via a link only; that works. Just upload and follow the previous steps.

If it's too big or you don't want to use YouTube, make sure it's downloaded to your computer or laptop. This could be downloading a Loom video or something like that. Now, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Upload the video to Google Drive

Google Slides can't grab files directly from your device. So, the first step is uploading your video to Google Drive. Head over to your Google Drive and click on "New" then "File Upload."

Find your video file and upload it. Time to sit back and relax while Google does its thing.

Step 2: Insert the video from Google Drive in Google Slides

After Google Drive has ingested your file, amble back to Google Slides. Click on "Insert" pick "Video", but this time, switch to the "Google Drive" tab.

Find your newly uploaded video and click "Select."

There it is, your video sitting pretty on your slide.

Go ahead and adjust the size and position to your liking. Wahey! You've done it!

Cutting and Editing a Video's Playback

Incorporating a video into a Google Slides presentation isn't just about embedding.

You want the video to fit seamlessly into your narrative, don't you?

That's where cutting and editing come in. Google Slides offers a suite of nifty tools that let you manipulate the video just the way you want.

Whether it's shortening the video playback or tweaking audio settings, it's all a matter of a few clicks.

Let's get started.

First, select the video on your slide.

There, you'll see "Format Options" appear in the top right corner. Click on it.

This opens up a sidebar crammed with video formatting possibilities.

With the "Format Options" sidebar open, scroll down to "Video Playback". See the option to change start and end times?

You can trim down your video to fit your narrative.

Next, consider checking "Autoplay when presenting" if you want the video to start automatically.

Finally, the "Mute audio" option is there for the times you want your video to be seen, not heard.

Play around with these settings till your slide feels just right!


Incorporating videos into your Google Slides doesn't just sound fancy; it unlocks a world of engagement. With the power of videos, every Google presentation is an way to communicate thoughts better.

Now you're equipped with the how-tos, go forth, and proliferate your narratives with compelling videos!

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