If you are using PowerPoint 2019 or MS Office 365 after April 2019, click here for the updated procedure: Automatically Playing an Embedded YouTube Video in PowerPoint 2019
(Updated September 3, 2018 for after YouTube changed its Embed Codes slightly.)
I’m getting ready to teach another PowerPoint class, so I got out my previous class notes. I teach this class about once a year, and with every new update from Microsoft or Google’s YouTube, I know my instructions will be out of date. Sure enough…
- Using the internet, find your YouTube video
- Pause the video (because it’s annoying when it’s running and you’re trying to think).
- Click on the word Share below the video.
- Click on the word Embed below Share.
- Scroll down below “Embed Options” and unclick those boxes (at least, that’s what I do), especially “Show suggested videos when the video finishes”
- Scroll back up so you can see the HTML code.
- Here is the tricky part. After the video name which is a bunch of gobbledygook like “Oe6lBGO6OSk” you’ll see a question mark (?). Be sure to uncheck those Embed Options or the question mark may not show up.
- Place your cursor to the right of the question mark and type this:
;autoplay=1;(those are semicolons, not colons)
- Click the “Copy” button in the Embed Video window, and the HTML code will be copied to your Clipboard.
- Go back to PowerPoint, click on the Insert tab>Online Video.
- Instead of using the built-in YouTube search, click on the Video Embed Code box, and paste the embed code by Right-click>Paste (or Ctrl-V).
- Now hit enter, and a black video box should show up on your slide.
- Adjust your frame, and as always, preview the current slide in Slide Show tab and to see if it worked.