How to Put a Video in Google Slides: Step-by-Step Guide


Matthew Burleigh

Adding a video to your Google Slides presentation can take it from bland to captivating in no time. Whether it’s a tutorial, a clip from a related movie, or a video testimonial, videos can enhance your presentation by adding a visual and auditory element that keeps your audience engaged. It’s a simple process that involves just a few clicks, and voila – your video is embedded into your slide!

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Put a Video in Google Slides

Before we dive into the steps, let’s clarify what you’ll achieve: you’ll know how to insert a video from your computer or directly from YouTube into your Google Slides presentation.

Step 1: Open your Google Slides presentation

Open the Google Slides presentation where you want to add the video.

This step is pretty straightforward. You’ll need to log into your Google account and open the Google Slides presentation you’re working on. If you haven’t started a presentation yet, you’ll need to create one.

Step 2: Click on the slide you want to add the video to

Select the slide where you want the video to appear.

Choose the specific slide by clicking on it. This tells Google Slides where to place the video you’re about to add.

Step 3: Click on “Insert” from the menu bar

From the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Insert”.

After selecting the slide, look at the top of your screen for the menu bar. You’ll see options like File, Edit, View, Insert, etc. Click on “Insert” to proceed.

Step 4: Select “Video”

From the drop-down menu, select “Video”.

When you click on “Insert”, a drop-down menu will appear. One of the options is “Video” – click on this to add a video to your slide.

Step 5: Choose the video source

Choose whether to upload a video from your computer or insert one from YouTube.

A new window will pop up, giving you two tabs: one to “Search” for a video on YouTube and another to “By URL” if you have the direct link to the YouTube video. There’s also an option to upload a video from your Google Drive.

Step 6: Add the video to your slide

Select the video you want and click “Select” to add it to your slide.

Once you’ve found the video you want to use, click on it, then click the “Select” button at the bottom of the window. The video will be added to your slide and you can resize or move it as needed.

After you complete these steps, your video will be embedded within the slide you selected. You’ll be able to play the video during your presentation, and it will be an integral part of your slide deck.

Tips: Making the Most of Videos in Google Slides

  • Make sure your video is relevant to the content of your presentation.
  • Check the video’s audio quality to ensure it’s clear and audible.
  • Keep the video short – a lengthy video can lose your audience’s attention.
  • Before presenting, test the video to make sure it plays correctly.
  • Consider using videos without sound if you’ll be speaking during the video.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add a video that’s not from YouTube?

Yes, you can upload a video from your computer or Google Drive.

Will the video play automatically when I reach the slide?

No, you’ll need to click on the video to play it during the presentation.

Can I resize the video once it’s on the slide?

Yes, you can click and drag the corners of the video to resize it.

Can I add videos to all slides in my presentation?

Yes, you can add videos to as many slides as you want.

What video formats are supported?

Google Slides supports most common video formats, including MP4.


  1. Open your Google Slides presentation
  2. Click on the slide you want to add the video to
  3. Click on “Insert” from the menu bar
  4. Select “Video”
  5. Choose the video source
  6. Add the video to your slide


Bringing videos into your Google Slides presentation can transform it from a static display of information to an interactive and engaging experience for your audience. Not only does it break up the monotony of clicking through slide after slide, but it also provides a multi-sensory approach to your topic that can make your message more memorable. Remember, the key is to use videos that supplement and enhance your content, not overshadow it. With the steps outlined in this article, you’re now equipped to seamlessly integrate videos into your next Google Slides presentation, ensuring it’s as impactful as possible. Keep experimenting with different types of videos, and see how they can serve your narrative and strengthen your presentation skills. Happy presenting!

Matthew Burleigh

Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech content online for more than ten years. He enjoys writing about Google Docs in addition to many other applications and devices and has cumulatively covered Google’s word-processing application in hundreds of different articles.

He has been published on dozens of popular websites, and his works have accumulated millions of pageviews.
While focused primarily on tutorials and guides for popular electronics like the iPhone and iPad, as well as common applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, he covers topics across the entire technology spectrum.

You can read his bio here.

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