How to insert YouTube videos in Excel 2016 & 2013

In this tutorial, we are going to see the steps required for inserting YouTube videos in excel worksheet. Let us say you have created a Pivot Chart in Excel 2016 & 2013 and want to share it with users who are not familiar about Pivot Chart. Then you can embed some introductory YouTube videos about Pivot Chart to the existing worksheet to help users understand it better.

Step 1: Launch YouTube videos and access the video that you want embed in the worksheet.

Step 2: Now copy the URL of the YouTube video from Address Bar to Notepad or Text Editor and make the following modification.

Original URL =

Modified UURL =

removed watch then replaced ? and = with /

Step 3: Open worksheet in Excel 2013 where you want to insert this YouTube video.

Step 4: Make sure the Developer menu is enabled, If you cannot find the Developer Menu in Office Ribbon, then use the Customize Ribbon option to access developer menu.

Step 5: Click developer menu and navigate to Controls section.


Step 6: Click Insert option followed by More Controls under ActiveXControls.


Step 7: Scroll down the More Controls window and select Shockwave Flash Object from the list. Click OK button to close the More Controls window.


Step 8: Now mark the place where you want to embed the video.




Step 9: Right click on the inserted object and select Properties from the menu list.


Step 10: In the Shockwave Flash Object properties window, navigate to Movie option and entry the Modified YouTube URL “


Step 11: Now Turn off the design mode in developer menu.


By this way, Excel 2016 & 2013 users can insert YouTube Videos in a Worksheet.


In Category: Excel 2013, Excel 2016, MS Office

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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