How to embed and auto play a YouTube video in a PowerPoint presentation


For everyone who wants to auto play YouTube video’s in their PowerPoint Presentations. I was able to insert the video in my PowerPoint but I was not able to do it as an auto play. So during th presentation I had to find the mouse button and play the video I found the solution and it was quite easy. I created a short manual since this took me about 2 hours finding a solution for this. And the actual solution is just a matter of 3 minutes of work.  Let me hear about alternatives.

1. Open PowerPoint. Use the insert ribbon and insert “video from Web Site.


2. You get a pop-up window asking the website code.



3. Go to YouTube and find the video you want to embed.

Scroll down the video and select the share option. And then use the tab “Embed”


4. Copy the code and past it in the pop-up window in the PowerPoint presentation.

At the end of the url you should add ?autoplay=1


5. Past this in the Video From Web Site box and you are done.


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Robbrecht van Amerongen is Head of IoT at Conclusion. He has a vast experience business development and software delivery. He is able to utilize new technologies and methodologies to valuable products and services for his customers. Keywords: innovation and business development, agile, internet of things, IoT, azure cloud, devops.Robbrecht is also an Agile coach and Certified Agile Master. He has experience in managing Agile projects with Scrum (first with DSDM) ranging back to 1999. Robbrecht is a strong proponent of the agile principles. Robbrecht is agile examiner for the agile foundation, practitioner and master certificate.


  1. Quick question I am trying to not only embed but trim (start/stop time) and autoplay video in Powerpoint. Any suggestions?

  2. Thank you so much!! You have saved me so much time and frustration, you’re awesome
    : )

  3. Brian G Melven on

    Thank you, I spent hours looking at various solutions online before I found this.

  4. Thank You! Tried everything but didn’t work until I found this. Needed to embed something in PowerPoint for a school project. Thanks!!

  5. I was able to add the autoplay function on Powerpoint 2016. This in combination with an advance slide after manually inputting the video’s length worked for me.

  6. This does not work with Powerpoint 2016. I have tried it endlessly with different Youtube videos, starting with “share,” “embed,” copying the URL, and then typing “?autoplay=1” before inserting the video from the web site into a PPT slide. I would like it to play automatically when that slide comes up. Do you have further suggestions, or is this just not possible?

  7. Same here. The video continues to play or replays when going to the next slide.

  8. Thank you SO much.. I had wasted so much time on this and then I found this…. Thanks a million!

  9. The video embedded replays when I go to the next slide – how do i prevent that?