How to Link to External Media in PowerPoint


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What is it called if you insert the video or audio directly on to the slide?

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1. If you link a video or audio clip in a slide, what happens when you try to run the presentation on a different computer, without copying the media to the other computer?

2. What is the reason for choosing to link to external media, rather than embed directly in the slide?

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About This Worksheet and Quiz

This interactive worksheet and quiz breaks down how to insert external media into your PowerPoint presentations. Topics covered include the differences between embedding and linking media and steps for how to do both.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to help you understand:

  • The difference between linking and embedding external media
  • How to embed external media
  • How to link to external media

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections- use understanding of the lesson to help you improve PowerPoint content
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast whether linking or embedding is the best option for your PowerPoint presentations
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to help you incorporate external media into presentations

Additional Learning

To learn more about PowerPoint presentations, review the lesson How to Link to External Media in PowerPoint. Lessons include:

  • How to determine if you have too much or too little information
  • How to use graphics and media
  • How to make slides reader-friendly