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How to Insert YouTube Video into Word Document



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Using a mix of media in your Word document is a great way to provide additional context for your work and make your document more engaging. Here’s how to insert a YouTube video into a Microsoft Word document.

To insert a YouTube video into your Word document, open your browser of choice (such as Chrome) and go to the YouTube website. Search for the YouTube video you want to use by typing the video name in the search bar. Click the search button or just press Enter.

howtogeek typed in YouTube search bar

Select the video from the search results by clicking on it.

Youtube video in search results

Then highlight the URL of the video in the browser’s address bar by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text. Right-click and then select “Copy” from the context menu.

highlighted url in the address bar.

You can also copy the embed code from the video. To get the embed code, click on “Share” below the video.

Share button for YouTube video

Select ‘Embed’ in the Share window.

Embed option in Share window

The Embed Video window is displayed. Click on “Copy” to copy the code to your clipboard. Optionally, if you want to start the video from a specific time, check the box next to “Start at” and enter the time you want.

Copy button in embed video window

Open Word with the URL or embed code copied to your clipboard.

In the top toolbar, click the “Insert” tab, then select “Online Video” from the Media group.

Online video option on the Insert tab of Word

The Insert Video dialog box is displayed. Paste (Ctrl + V or Right Click> Paste) the URL or embed code into the text box and click ‘Insert’.

Paste the URL into the text box and click on it

The video will now be inserted into the Word document. Clicking the play button will display the video in the foreground with the background dimmed. Press the play button again.

GIF from YouTube video in Word document

Any normal video controls you would find on YouTube are also available for the video inserted in your Microsoft Word document.




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