Tame your computer – play with pop up video

24 Mar

As you may be aware, you can quickly turn words or pictures or cells in, say, Word, PowerPoint or Excel, into a ‘hyperlink’ to a website, without having to copy and paste the URL from the browser’s address bar. (See http://roem.co.uk/tip_260.php if you don’t know how.)

But what do you do if you want to link to a YouTube video, and don’t want to display all the distracting bits and comments on the page? Or,  like some of last week’s PowerPoint course participants wanted to do, add a link on a slide that automatically opens the video, as if it was an integral part of your presentation?

Here’s how:

  1. Right-click the YouTube video you want to link to and select Copy video URL.
  2. In your document or presentation right-click the text, picture or cell you want to turn into the link and select Hyperlink.
  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialogue box, paste the video’s URL you copied in step 1. (CTRL+V anyone?)
  4. Replace the watch? part of the URL by watch_popup.
  5. Click OK.


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