How to Insert a Video Thumbnail in PowerPoint

Adding a video to Microsoft PowerPoint is an easy task, even if you do it from a smartphone. However, some people wonder if it is possible to set a thumbnail for their videos. You see, whenever you add a video to a slide, the thumbnail is usually the photo from the first frame of the clip.

This is not enough because the first frame in most situations does not provide the best photos for thumbnails. So your best bet is to manually set a thumbnail. You might not know it, but PowerPoint has a thumbnail feature for videos called Photo Frame.

How to Insert a Video Thumbnail in PowerPoint

Changing the thumbnail of a video on Microsoft PowerPoint can be done in several ways. This article will discuss all methods for all readers-

  1. Open a PowerPoint presentation
  2. Add your favorite video
  3. Play video at favorite frame
  4. Set selected frame as thumbnail

1]Open a PowerPoint presentation

Before you start, make sure PowerPoint is up and running. To open it, click on the icon located on your desktop or from the Start menu. If you have it on your taskbar, click on it from there.

The next step is therefore to launch a document. You can choose to launch a blank document or open an already created one; the choice is yours.

2]Add your favorite video

OK, so to add a video to your PowerPoint slide, please click on the Insert tab, then navigate to Video. Under insert Video of section, you will see options to add a video. Select the one that makes sense and wait for the video to appear.

3]Play video at favorite frame

Click the play button, then let the video play until it hits the right frame, then hit the pause button.

4]Set selected frame as thumbnail

How to Insert a Video Thumbnail in PowerPoint

OK, so the next step here is to click video size > Poster Image > Current Image. The system will immediately use the frame as a video thumbnail.

How to Use an Existing Photo as a Video Thumbnail in PowerPoint

If you want to use a photo already saved on your hard drive instead, this is something you can accomplish with relative ease. Let’s see how to achieve this as quickly as possible.

Return to poster framebut this time please select, Import from File > From Filethen select the desired image after searching for it.

Finally, press the Enter key, and that’s it.

How to Delete a Thumbnail in PowerPoint

For those who wish to remove the thumbnails they have added, please click on poster framebut this time go to Reset and that should do the trick.

Read: 10 most useful PowerPoint tips and tricks.

What is PowerPoint for?

If you are new to Microsoft PowerPoint, be aware that it uses slides to convey multimedia-rich information. It comes bundled with Microsoft Office suite software better known as Microsoft Office 365.

Read: Online PowerPoint Tips and Tricks.

Is PowerPoint software free?

No, the software to be used on Windows desktop or mobile is not free. However, you can access a basic version through your web browser through Office Web Apps.

How can I create a PowerPoint presentation?

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. In the left pane, select New.

  3. Select an option:
    • To create a presentation from scratch, select blank presentation.
    • To use a prepared design, select one of the templates.
    • To view tips for using PowerPoint, select take a ridethen select To create.

Read more: How to create a timeline in PowerPoint.