How to Add a Video to Google Slides

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Adding a video to your Google Slides is a great way to engage your audience and maintain their attention. Experts recommend integrating videos into your presentations for many reasons.

This guide will show you how to add a video to Google Slides. Whether it’s an embedded video from YouTube or a saved video on your Google Drive, this article will show you everything you need to know.

Insert a video in Google Slides

  1. Open your presentation in Google Slides and pick the slide where you want to embed your chosen video.

    Opening a Google Slide presentation
    Go to the Google Slides website and open your slide presentation.

  2. Select the Insert tab in the top ribbon and choose Video from the options in the dropdown menu.

    How to Go to the Video Tab in Google Slides
    Click the Insert tab and select the Video option to open the Insert Video window.

  1. A new popup window will appear. You can choose between three options:
  • Search for the YouTube video using the “Search” tab.
  • Copy the YouTube video’s URL and paste it into the text field in the “By URL” tab.
  • Insert a saved video on Google Drive.

    Three Ways on Inserting a Video in Google Slides
    You can insert a video into your slide presentation through Search, By URL, and the Google Drive tab.

Insert a YouTube Video using the Search feature

  1. If you know the title of the YouTube video you want or want to search for a video, you can use the Search tab. Type in your search term and click Search.
How to Use the Search Feature in the Insert Video Window
Enter the title or keyword of the video on the search field and click the Search button.
  1. The results will appear below. Pick the video you want to insert and click the Select button to confirm.

    Adding a YouTube Video Through the Search Tab
    Click on the YouTube video you want to insert and click the Select button to confirm.

  1. Your chosen YouTube video will now be inserted into the slide.

    Inserted YouTube Video
    Embedded YouTube Video

Insert a YouTube Video by URL

  1. You can embed a YouTube video using the By URL tab. First, copy the URL of the YouTube video you want (you can open it in a different tab).

    Copying a YouTube URL
    Copy the YouTube URL of the video you want to add to the slide presentation.

  2. On the By URL tab, paste the YouTube URL in the empty field and click Select.
    Insert a YouTube Video Via the By URL Tab
    Paste the YouTube video’s URL on the empty field and click the Select button to confirm.

    Note: If the URL is valid, you will see a video preview below the URL field. Longer videos will take more time to appear than short videos.

    Embedded YouTube Video By URL
    The embedded YouTube video will be added to your selected slide.

Insert a Video using Google Drive

  1. From the popup window, select the Google Drive tab. Here, you can sort through your saved Google Drive videos using the My Drive, Shared drives, Shared with me, and Recent tabs.

    Tabs to Help Sort Video Results in Google Drive
    You can choose between these four tabs to help you find the video you want to insert in your slide presentation.

  2. Alternatively, you can search for the video’s title using the Google Drive search box.
    Search Bar in the Insert Video Window
    You can use the search bar to find your video file in Google Drive.

    Note: If you want to change the displayed results to a list view (only file names will be displayed), click the horizontal lines icon in the top-right corner. Click it again to go back to a grid view (video thumbnails will be displayed).

    List View in Google Drive Video Results
    You can use the List View to see the video’s file name fully. Click again to go back to the Grid View.

  3. Click the video you want to insert to the slide and press Select to confirm.
    Inserting a Video via Google Drive
    Click the video you want to insert and press the Select button to confirm.

    Inserted Video From Google Drive
    Your selected Google Drive video will be instantly added to the slide.

How to position, resize, and trim an inserted video

Note: These steps apply to both inserted YouTube and Google Drive videos.

  1. After a video is inserted, you can position it by hovering your cursor above the video block and dragging it to your desired position.

    How to Resize a Video Block in Google Slides
    Click on one of the points in the border of the video block to extend or reduce the block’s size.

  2. To resize, click on one of the points on the border of the video block and drag to extend or reduce the size of the block.
  3. You can cut a part of the video using the Format options menu. To access it, right-click on the video and select Format options.

    How to Open the Format Options Tab
    Right-click on the video block and select the Format Options tab to open.

  1. In the Video playback tab, enter the time you want the video to start and end using the Start at and End at fields.
Cutting a Part in the Video via the Video Playback Tab
In the Video Playback tab, enter the time you want your video to start and end.
  1. You can also add a drop shadow on the border of the video block using the Drop shadow tab.
Drop Shadow Tab in Format Options
You can add a drop shadow effect to your video using the Drop Shadow tab.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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