How to add a video to Google Slides by embedding YouTube files or uploading videos from Google Drive

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You can upload or embed YouTube videos and Google Drive video files to your Google Slides presentation.

  • You can add videos to your Google Slide presentation from YouTube or Google Drive.
  • To add a video to your Google Slides presentation, select “Video” from the Insert drop-down menu.
  • Once you’ve added a video to your Google Slide presentation, you can move or resize it freely.
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If you’re looking to make your Google Slides presentation more interactive or interesting, embedding a video is an easy option.

Google Slides has three methods for adding video to a presentation: you can search for a YouTube video, paste in a specific YouTube URL, or upload a video from Google Drive.

Here’s how to add a video to your Google Slides presentation.

How to add a video to Google Slides

1. Go to slides.google.com and either create a new slideshow or open one you’ve already created.

2. In the top toolbar, click “Insert” and then choose “Video.”

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Click the Insert tab and select the Video option from the dropdown menu.

3. The Insert video window will open on the YouTube Search tab. Type keywords or the title of the YouTube video you want to embed into the search field and click the magnifying glass icon or hit Enter.

4. Among the search results, select the video you want to embed.

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Select which YouTube video you want to add to your Google Slides presentation.

5. If you want to add a YouTube video to Google Slides using a URL, when the Insert video window appears, click the “By URL” tab.

6. Open the YouTube video you want to embed in another browser tab and copy the URL.

7. Paste the video URL into the text field.

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Paste the URL of the YouTube video you want into the text field.

8. If you want to add a Google Drive video file to Google Slides, click the Google Drive tab when the Insert video window opens. Just remember that you’ll need to have uploaded or saved the video to Google Drive beforehand.

9. Choose between the My Drive, Shared Drives, Shared with Me, and Recent tab and find the file you want to upload.

10. With the video you want to add chosen and highlighted, click Select.

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Select the video you want to upload from your Drive to Google Slides.

11. Once the video is added to your Google Slides presentation, click and drag the file to position the video where you want it on the slide. Red guide lines will appear on the slide to help you center it within the slide.

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How to add audio to a Google Slides presentation from Google Drive or Spotify

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Google Slides makes it easy to add audio to your presentations.

  • To add audio to Google Slides, insert an MP3 or WAV file directly from Google Drive.
  • You can also insert a link to play music from Spotify, though this method is more cumbersome.
  • If you want to add video to Google Slides, you can also embed a YouTube video.
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Slideshows can either be exciting and engaging, or the most boring part of the workday. One way to avoid the latter experience is to add audio or music into your Google Slides presentation.

You can add audio into Google Slides directly from your Google Drive, or you can add a link to a Spotify track – here’s how to do both.

How to add audio to Google Slides

1. Upload the audio file in either MP3 or WAV format to your Google Drive.

2. Open your Google Slides presentation and go to the slide you want to add audio to. Click “Insert” in the toolbar at the top of the Slides screen.

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Click the “Insert” tab at the top.

3. In the “Insert” drop-down, select “Audio.”

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Select “Audio” in the “Insert” drop-down.

4. In the “Insert audio” pop-up, you can search for your audio file in “My Drive,” “Shared drives,” “Shared with me,” or “Recent.” You can also type the name of your audio file in the search bar.

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Find the audio file you want to include from your Google Drive.

5. Click the file you want to add, and hit “Select.”

6. Your audio file will now appear in your slide as a small sound icon. To resize the icon, click on it and drag one of its corners outward or inward.

When you click the icon or hover your mouse over it, a playback bar will appear where you can pause, play, or fast-forward the audio.

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You can use the playback bar to play, pause, and skip ahead.

When you click on the icon, a sidebar menu will appear on the right side of the slide – here, you can customize a number of sound and design elements like audio playback, reflection, shadow, color, and more.

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On the left side, you can customize your audio.

How to add music to Google Slides with Spotify

1. Open the Spotify Web Player or desktop app, and find the right track.

2. Click the ellipsis icon next to the song, album, or playlist you want, and in the pop-up, go to “Share” and click “Copy Song Link.”

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Click “Copy song link” in the “Share” menu.

3. Open your Google Slides presentation and go to the first slide you want the music to play under.

4. Select a bit of text (or an image) on the slide, click “Insert link” and paste in your Spotify link.

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After clicking “Insert” and “Audio,” paste your Spotify link and click “Apply.”

5. On the day of your presentation, make sure that you log into the browser version of Spotify. While you’re giving the presentation, you’ll need to click the link, which will open Spotify in a new browser window. You’ll still need to click play on the song in the Spotify window before returning to your Google Slides presentation.

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