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How to link a video in PowerPoint

mila john

For a lighter presentation file size, many people opt to link external video files on their slides rather than embedding them. Although this keeps your PowerPoint weightless, the connection may be severed if you ever move the source video elsewhere on your computer.

Here’s how to do it:

  • To get started, navigate to the upper-left corner of your screen and click on the "Insert" tab.
  • To proceed, select the downward arrow located beneath the "Video" button.
  • From the drop-down menu, select "Video on my PC/Movie from file" for your desired outcome.
  • To insert a link to your file, open the “Insert” menu and select “Link to File”. If you're on PowerPoint 365, click the "Option" button instead for further options before selecting this same option.
  • Select your desired video and click the “Insert” button to embed it!

And there you have it! To make sure that you don't lose either of your linked video and PowerPoint presentations, we suggest keeping them in the same folder. That way, they will always be at your fingertips when needed!

Pro-Tip To Make Your Presentation More Interactive: 

Use AI tool to generate closed captions from video you want to embed. This will not only make it easier for your audience to understand what’s being said, but they can also follow along with important points during the presentation if you’re speaking quickly! Plus, this helps make sure that everyone in the room has equal access to the video content. 

And there you have it – now you know how to link any type of file in PowerPoint! Whether it’s an image, a video, or a web page, you can easily make sure all your presentation elements stay together. Good luck!

mila john
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