We are often asked how to embed a YouTube video in a Google Document. The short answer is “you can’t” – but try this workaround, which is almost as effective.
- Take a screenshot of the YouTube video
- Paste the screenshot into your document using ctrl-v or Insert –> Image
- Option – Add a Play icon
– Open a Google Drawing in your doc using Insert –> Drawing
– Paste the screenshot into the drawing
– Find a suitable “play icon” in Google images or draw a simple arrow
– Press Save & Close to insert the Drawing into your Google Doc
- Select the image and right click; choose Link from the menu
- Paste in the YouTube link
- Now your collaborators can see a YouTube video, complete with a play button!
And with OverDRIVE, you can take this a step further…
You can use the Dashboard plugin to create a simple web page from a Google Doc containing YouTube videos – and each one will play on screen! See the video below to find out how.
Enterprise Content Management for Google Apps
If you’re using Google Apps then OverDRIVE is a smart way to deliver ECM. OverDRIVE automatically generates a workspace or web portal using folders, documents and data from Google Drive. It syncs information from and to Drive – so any folders or files you create using OverDRIVE will be synced back to Drive. You can share this website with your colleagues, consultants or anyone with a Google account.