How to Embed Videos Into Microsoft Word Documents

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? Sometimes words alone just aren’t enough and a video is just what you need to get your point across.

For times like those why not just grab one of the zillions of videos already online and drop it into your document? Keep reading to see just how easy it is to add online videos that you can watch right in Word without having to leave the document.

Adding an Online Video to Your Word Document

Click Insert »  Online Video.

By default you can search for videos on Bing and you can add the option to search YouTube and others. Another option is to copy and paste the embed code from a site like YouTube, etc.


NOTE: If the Online Video button is grayed out, check to see if you’re in Compatibility Mode. You know you’re in Compatibility Mode if [Compatibility Mode] appears after the document name in the title bar at the top of the Word window. If so, convert the document by going to File » Info » Convert and then try again.

Searching For YouTube Videos

If you want to add videos from YouTube and you don’t see it as an option, click the YouTube button at the bottom of the Insert Video window. If you don’t see a YouTube icon, make sure you’re signed in to Office 2013. (You can get a free Office account if you don’t already have one.)

With the video in your document, anyone can simply click the play button to watch the video.

Word Video

You can use this trick for your PowerPoint presentations too. Check out this great post for all the nitty gritty on using YouTube videos in PowerPoint.

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