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How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote in 60 Seconds

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This post is part of a series called How to Use Keynote in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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Video is a great way in a Keynote presentation to add interest and illustrate your points. In this quick lesson, I'll teach you how to insert a YouTube video right into your keynote presentation. 

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add YouTube video to Keynote.

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Note: In this tutorial we used the Slidewerk Template. You can find more great Keynote templates on Envato Elements or on GraphicRiver. You may also want to take a look at our curated list, 15+ Best Keynote Presentation Templates

How to Quickly Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, which complement this video.

1. Download a YouTube Video

Unfortunately, you can't directly add a YouTube video from a URL in Keynote, so you'll need to download it first. I recommend using a site like, as you're seeing me do here, to paste in the YouTube URL and then download the video. 

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You can use a tool to download the YouTube video before adding it to your Keynote presentation.

The VideoGrabber tool prompts me to choose a resolution. I'll pick 720p resolution for my example.

2. Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

Once we've downloaded the video, let's jump over to Keynote and go to the Insert > Choose option. Let's browse to the video that we just downloaded, you'll see the video dropped right into the presentation.

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Use the Keynote Insert > Choose option to add the video to your presentation.

3. Set the Part of YouTube Video You Want to Play

Let's switch to the Movie tab here on the right side with the video selected. Use the Trim options here to set the part of the video that should play. Drag the handles to choose the parts that should play. Next up, you can also drag the second slider to choose a cover for the video.

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Use the Trim option to define the part of the YouTube video you want to play.

4. Set Your Presentation Up So the Video Plays Automatically

You can also uncheck the Start movie on click box on the Movie tab so that you don't have to click on the movie to start it. Basically, this sets your presentation up to autoplay the embedded video. When you press the Play button for the presentation, you'll see the video start playing on the slide. 

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You can set your video up to play automatically.

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