Problems Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint 2010

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Error Message When Embedding YouTube Code into PowerPoint

Possible error message when using YouTube video in PowerPoint
Possible error message when using YouTube video in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

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A reader writes:
I have embedded a YouTube video into PowerPoint in the past without any problems. However at times I get an error message and it just won't let me embed the video. What am I doing wrong?

The Dreaded Error Message When Embedding YouTube Video in PowerPoint

While trying to recreate this problem, I played around with embedding the HTML code from the YouTube Video, into PowerPoint, and I also got this error message from time to time -- and for no good reason. It was especially annoying during my testing, that when I inserted a code a second time -- one that had been successful before -- I got the error message. So what gives?

The error message you may encounter reads as follows:
PowerPoint cannot insert a video from this embed code. Verify that the embed code is correct, and then try again.

The screen capture above shows the error code message while trying to insert the embed code onto the slide. Click on the image to enlarge it for better viewing.

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Solutions for Problem Embedding YouTube Video into PowerPoint

Make sure to check box to Use old embed code for YouTube video
Make sure to check box to "Use old embed code" for YouTube video. © Wendy Russell

Sometimes I think Microsoft just likes to play with us. These little glitches -- er -- I mean -- special features (as I like to call them), are sent to try us and hopefully we will find our own solution. This is what I discovered.

Solution 1

  • Through my testing, I found that at times, while acquiring the embed code from the YouTube website, I missed checking the box beside the prompt: Use old embed code [?]. This is a critical error so make sure to always check that box.
  • Check any other option in this section if you desire. It is not important whether any of these other options are checked. Those options are for your personal situation.

Solution 2

  • Even if you know you had checked the box as mention above, you may still get the error message. In my case, when that happened, I tried closing all programs and starting again, acquiring the code, starting up PowerPoint and then reinserting the code. But alas, still no luck.
  • The only way I had success was to close all programs and reboot my computer. What this does is erase the error message being stored in the memory of your computer, (also known as RAM). Just closing all the programs can still retain this message in RAM, so only a reboot will refresh that. After a reboot, I found in most instances, I was successful in inserting the code. Go figure.
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Russell, Wendy. "Problems Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint 2010." ThoughtCo, Jun. 1, 2014, thoughtco.com/problems-embedding-youtube-videos-powerpoint-2010-2767258. Russell, Wendy. (2014, June 1). Problems Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint 2010. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/problems-embedding-youtube-videos-powerpoint-2010-2767258 Russell, Wendy. "Problems Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint 2010." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/problems-embedding-youtube-videos-powerpoint-2010-2767258 (accessed January 23, 2018).