Updated – Now includes adding videos from your Drive.

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

Inserting a YouTube video

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


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”.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.



Adding a video from Google Drive

Choose “Video” from the “Insert” menu.


At the top, choose “Google Drive”.

Then you have a choice of looking on your Drive, in Shared with me, or in Recent. Here I’ve looked in the latter and have clicked on the video I want. Then click “Select”.


This will add the video on your slide.


With the video selected, from the toolbar, click “Video options” to open the Video Options sidebar.


Here you can change the starting point and ending point of your video.Plus, you can choose to play it automatically when the slide is opened, and you can play the video without any sound.


To change the starting or ending time, either type in the times you want, or if it’s a particular place in the video you want, then you can play the video in the previewer, then pause it at the appropriate moment and click on “Use current time”, to add that point to either the start and end time.


This will grey out the words “Use current time”.


To return the times back to the original settings, click on either of the curved arrows.

To automatically play the video, tick the setting “Auto-play when presenting”. And to play the video with no sound, tick the setting “Mute audio”.


As currently you can’t add sound files to Slides, a work around is to record the music or voiceover on a video then to add the video to the slide, then to make the video as small as you can.

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