How to Insert a Video File in a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

In Brief...

Adding multimedia to your PowerPoint presentations can make them more engaging and eliminate the need to switch between your presentation and other files. To insert a video file in your presentation, follow these easy steps.

This feature works the same in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 and 2016.


  1. Select the slide to add the video file to.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the Video drop-down arrow (Movie in PowerPoint 2007).
    Video Drop-down Arrow

  3. Select from one of the following options:
    • Online Video: Insert a link from a video website such as YouTube.
    • Video from My PC: Insert a pre-recorded video file.

    These options differ in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.

    Select Option

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