Embedding a video in your Google Docs document can be a great way to enhance your content and keep your readers engaged. Whether you’re creating an instructional document, presentation, report or more, adding multimedia elements takes things to the next level.
In this article, we’ll walk through everything you need to know to easily insert a video from YouTube or your computer into a Google Doc.
Prerequisites for Adding Videos to Google Docs
Before getting started, make sure you have the following:
- A Google account
- The latest version of Google Docs
- A document open in Google Docs to add your video to
- The video file or YouTube URL you want to embed
As long as you meet these requirements, you should have no trouble embedding videos into your Docs file.
Step-by-Step Guide to Put Videos in Google Docs
Without further ado, here is a simple step-by-step process for putting videos of all kinds into a Google Doc:
Add a YouTube Video
- Open the Google Docs document you want to put the YouTube video in.
- Click where you want the video to be embedded.
- Select Insert > Video. This opens the video insertion popup.
- In the video URL field, paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to add.
- Click Select to insert the video.
- If prompted, select the video size from the dropdown menu.
- The video will now be embedded in your document at the insertion point.
Upload and Embed a Video File
- Make sure the video file you want to embed is saved on your computer. Supported formats include .MP4, .MOV, .WMV, and more.
- Open the Google Doc you want to add the video file to. Click the insertion point.
- Select Insert > Video.
- In the upload tab, click Select files from your device.
- Find and select the video file on your computer. Click Open.
- Google Docs will upload the video file and embed it at the insertion point.
- Adjust the video size using the dropdown if needed.
And that’s all there is to it! Whether you found a cool YouTube video or have an existing video file, you can now easily embed it in your Google Docs content.
Tips for Working with Videos in Google Docs
Now that you know how to insert videos into Google Docs, here are some handy tips for getting the most out of embedded multimedia:
- Resize videos – Use the size dropdown in the video options to make videos span the whole page width or customize their dimensions.
- Position videos – Drag and drop embedded videos to reorder them or position them precisely where you want in the document.
- Add borders – From the video options menu, you can add colored borders and styling around your embedded videos.
- Caption videos – Improve accessibility by adding captions and subtitles to embedded videos. Enable this from the video options.
- Link to YouTube – If you embed a YouTube clip, viewers can click the video title link to open the full video on YouTube.com.
- Preview before publishing – Before exporting or sharing your document, preview how the embedded videos look and play.
More Resources for Enhancing Documents
There’s so much more you can do to make your Google Docs content interactive and engaging. Here are some additional guides if you want to take things further: