New video linking in PowerPoint 2016 and 2013 for Windows

Almost unnoticed among the August 2018 updates are some new options for linking online videos into PowerPoint 2016 and PowerPoint 2013 presentations to Vimeo and LinkedIn as well as YouTube.

Until now, only YouTube videos were supported.

Now it’s now possible to link to videos from

  • Vimeo
  • LinkedIn SlideShare
  • YouTube – what Microsoft calls their ‘old embed code’.

These updates have been or probably will be automatically applied to your Office 2016 or Office 2013. KB4018368 for PowerPoint 2016   KB4018374 for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

Here’s how to get the embed code you need from each of the sites.

In short

PowerPoint needs the ’embed’ code not the standard web link or url from the browser address bar.

Copy the embed code (usually starting with <iframe .... ) into PowerPoint | Insert | Media | Video | Online Video.

Linking to online videos is a nice feature but isn’t always practical.  These videos aren’t saved with the presentation, they are played/streamed from the Internet. A slow or erratic internet connection can spoil your presentation. We prefer to download videos to the presenting computer, just to be safe.


Find the Vimeo video you want and click the Share button.  Select and copy the Embed code to paste into PowerPoint.

LinkedIn SlideShare

On the Slideshare you want, click on Share then select all the Embed code:


Again, click on the Share button then Embed and copy the <iframe ... code.

In PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2016 for Windows or PowerPoint 2013 go to PowerPoint | Insert | Media | Video | Online Video

Paste the Embed code into the small ‘From a Video Embed Code’ box.  Don’t worry that your pasted code is way bigger than the box Microsoft provides.

Then click the little arrow at the end.

Wait while PowerPoint links to the video and places it into your slide.

Most of the Format and Playback options are available once the linked video is in the slide.