Insert Online Videos in Microsoft Word and Troubleshooting Tips

Posted on:  03/18/2022
Insert Online Videos in Microsoft Word and Troubleshooting Tips

Inserting videos from the web inside a Word document is easy. You can link to a video from a document, using the Insert Hyperlink function, but you are also able to insert the actual video in Word, so it shows the thumbnail and you can access playback.

Word - Insert online video

Word - Insert online video

The problem is with videos, they won't play inside the document by default. I get this question all the time, maybe it's got to do with security options. But in this tutorial, I walk you through a few ways of inserting videos in Word documents and how to link to them, access them, find them, play them.

You will see how much better the Word document looks with videos embedded in it, thumbnails and links. I also show you how to add heading styles above the videos so that people can find them quickly, in Word and in PDF, if you decide to save your Word document as a PDF.

I show a quick troubleshooting for when the video doesn't play, and how to open it in the browser.

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Steps to insert online video

  1. Copy the URL of the video you want to put in MS Word
  2. In Word, click the Insert Tab
  3. Click Online Videos in the Meda group.
  4. Paste the URL into the dialog box
  5. Click Insert
  6. Optional: Add a Heading 2 styles above the video.
Insert video into Word

Insert video into Word

Video Chapters:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:27 Add video with Insert Hyperlink
  • 01:20 Insert online video directly
  • 02:00 Find videos in doc with heading styles
  • 02:55 The Navigation Pane
  • 03:26 Video doesn't play inside document
  • 03:37 Open video in browser
  • 03:59 Save as PDF with video
  • 05:07 Closing remarks
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Save Word document as a PDF file

  1. In Word, click File - Export
  2. Select Create PDF/XPS Document
  3. Click Create PDF/XPS Document on the right.
  4. Name you PDF file and click Publish.
Save Word as PDF file

Save Word as PDF file

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Chris Menard

Chris Menard is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and is employed full-time as a Trainer for BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Menard has a YouTube channel with other 750 technology videos covering Excel, Word, Zoom, Teams, Outlook, Gmail, Google Calendar, and other resources that over 10 million viewers have appreciated.

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