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New default video playback option in Google Slides

Quick launch summary 

We’re updating the default way videos play when you present in Google Slides. Now, the video will start playing when you click to advance the presentation. Previously, the presenter had to specifically click on the video to start playing. 

With this launch, there are now three options to control playback: 

  • Play (on click) – Video will play when you advance the slide. (This is the new default option.) 
  • Play (automatically) – Video will play without you clicking to advance. 
  • Play (manual) – Video will play when you click specifically on the embedded video in the slide while presenting. (This was previously the default.) 

The new play on click option works the same way as any other animation or slide transition. When you’re presenting a slide with an embedded video, advance the slide by pressing a key, clicking a mouse, or using a remote clicker, and the video will start playing. You can adjust the sequence the video plays in the animations sidebar, so you can coordinate playback with other animations on the slide. 

Note that this change in default behavior will only apply to videos inserted after the launch takes place. Videos already in presentations will not change playback type automatically, but you can change them manually in the format options. 

The new default will help make presentations flow better and reduce distractions, so presenters can focus on content rather than where they have to click. 

Getting started 

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be turned off for any video in video format options. Visit the Help Center to learn more about videos in Slides. 

Rollout pace 


  • Available to Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers and users with personal accounts 



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