Google Slides – Adding video

Video can brighten up any presentation and it’s easy to add YouTube videos into your slides. Here’s how:


Inserting a video

Go to the “Insert” menu and select “Video”.

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You can either search for a video on YouTube using a search term or you can paste in a URL directly in.

First, let’s add a video off YouTube. Type in the search term in the box. Here I’m looking for a video on the new Google Sites. Then click on the video you want and press “Select”.

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This will add the video onto your slide. Note, I’m using a grey background here to show you the edge of the slide.

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If you are just going to play the video, then I would increase the size of the video so it reaches the edges of the slide. Just click and drag the little blue squares in the corners.

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To watch the video, you’ll need to be in present mode. So, click on the “Present” button.

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The video doesn’t play automatically, you’ll need to click on the video to play.

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Hovering over the video will bring up the video controls and options at the bottom.

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Going from left to right you have play/pause, sound control, current time and duration of the video, captions options, settings (speed, subtitles, quality), watch it on the YouTube site, full screen.

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The other way to add a video is to paste in the YouTube URL. Click on “URL”, then paste in your previously copied URL, then click “Select” as before.

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This is really easy for adding videos which on YouTube into your slides, but at the moment it’s a shame you can’t link to video files on your Google Drive.


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