Here is the Easiest Way To Insert a Video in Google Docs
Although, you can add links to direct the user to a video site (like YouTube) in Google Docs, but the functionality to play the video inside a Google Docs document isn’t available. There can be many situations when you may need to embed a video in a Google Docs document, but even a third-party tool can’t help you achieve this.
I have tried many solutions to add a video in Google Docs, but only a single solution seemed to be reliable enough without forcing the recipients to install a special tool. If you are looking to insert a video in a Google Docs document, then today I will show you how to do it easily for free.
Note: For this method to work, the recipients of the document must have editing rights.
Insert a video in a Google Docs document
Google Docs may not support videos, but it’s drawing tool does accept video format and even allows playback. However, the drawing tool itself doesn’t have the option to insert a video. This is where you’ll need the help of another tool to create a playable video link that you could paste inside the drawing tool. And for this purpose, we are going to use the Google Slides app that does accept video playback. Let’s start:
Create a playable video link in Google Slides
1. Go to Google Slides and create a new presentation
2. Here click in the middle of the slide to select it and then go to the “Insert” menu and select “Video” from it.
3. Now you can either paste a YouTube video link or open a video saved inside your Google Drive. Choose the desired method to attach the video.
4. Once the video is added, click on it and then press Ctrl+C keys to copy it to the clipboard.
Add video in Google Docs
Now that you have the playable video link, let’s add it in Google Docs:
1. In the Google Docs document, click on the “Insert” menu and select “New” from the “Drawing” option.
2. Press Ctrl+V keys to paste the video link inside the drawing tool and click on the “Save and Close” button.
3. This will add the video inside the Google Docs document with a full preview.
The recipient can double-click on the video to open it in the drawing tool and then click on it once again to play it.
Honestly, Google Docs should natively support video playback at least for YouTube and videos added from Google Drive. Google Drive also has a built-in video player which could be used to play videos in Google Docs. But until that happens, you can use the above method with minor limitations.
If you know any other more reliable way to insert videos in Google Docs, do share it with us in the comments section.