How to Insert Video in Google Docs

How to Insert Video in Google Docs

This tutorial discusses how to insert a video in Google Docs. Although you can add links to redirect users to video sites (like YouTube) in Google Docs, but the function to play videos inside Google Docs documents is not available. There are many situations when you might need to embed a video in a Google Docs document, but even a third-party tool cannot help you to play the video.

There are many solutions for adding videos in Google Docs, but only one solution seems reliable enough without forcing the recipient to install any special tools. If you want to insert a video into a Google Docs document, then today I am going to show you how to do it easily and for free.

PS: For this method to work, the recipient of the document must have editing rights.

How to Insert a Video in a Google Docs Document

Google Docs may not support video, but the Google Docs drawing tool accepts video formats and even allows playback. However, the drawing tool itself does not have the option to insert a video. This is where you need the help of another tool to create a playable video link which you can paste inside the drawing tool.

And for that, we will use the Google Slides app which accepts video playback. Just follow these steps:

Create playable video links on Google Slides

1. Open Google Slides and create a new presentation.

2. Now you go to menu Insert and select Videos.

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3. Now you can paste YouTube video link or open video saved in your Google Drive. Select the desired method for attaching the video. In this article I give an example of taking videos from Youtube.

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4. After the video is added, click on it then press Ctrl + C to copy it to the clipboard.

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Now the next step is to add the video that we copied earlier to Google Docs.

Add a video in a Google Docs Doc

Now that you have the playable video link, it is time to add it in Google Docs:

1. In the Google Docs document, click on the menu Insert and select Drawing then

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2. Press Ctrl + V to paste the video link inside Drawing tools and click the button Save and Close.

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3. This will add the video into the Google Docs document with full preview.

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The recipient can double-click on the video to open it in the Drawing tool and then click on it again to play it.

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To be honest, Google Docs natively supports video playback at least for YouTube and videos added from Google Drive. Google Drive also has a built-in video player that can be used to play videos in Google Docs. But for now, you can use the above method with few limitations.

That’s a tutorial on how to insert a video into a Google Docs document. Hopefully this tutorial is useful for those of you who need it. Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share it with your friends too.