How to Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

In this tutorial we will talk about how to insert a Flash movie into a presentation using PowerPoint 2013. If you use PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2003 or earlier, check out the corresponding articles, available via the links below:

First, you have to make sure that your computer has Adobe Flash Player installed and the ActiveX control is registered. Both are important to have in order to be able to play Flash movies in a PowerPoint presentation.

Are there easier alternatives?

iSpring offers you the quickest way to insert a Flash movie into your presentation. Download iSpring Converter Pro, on the iSpring toolbar in your PowerPoint click the Flash button, and browse for the file you’d like to insert. It's that easy indeed!

Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013 - iSpring Converter Pro

Apart from inserting Flash, iSpring Converter Pro allows you to convert PowerPoint presentations themselves into Flash movies, packaging all the multimedia resources into a single .SWF (shockwave flash object) file. In the Flash format, the presentation is much more compact and it makes your presentation ready to be uploaded to any website or blog, emailed or viewed from any computer.

iSpring Converter Pro even goes beyond the above mentioned capabilities. It allows users to:

  • Convert PowerPoint presentations to the HTML5, MP4, SCORM and EXE formats;
  • Easily add multimedia: YouTube and Vimeo videos, Web Objects;
  • Protect your presentations from unauthorized use;
  • Customize the player's appearance;
  • Preserve all the original PPT effects.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. 1 Create a new or open an existing PowerPoint presentation and select a slide in which you wish to insert a Flash file.
  2. 2 Click the File tab and go to Options:

    Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

  3. 3In the PowerPoint Options window, go to the Quick Access Toolbar and double-click Developer Tab in the drop-down list on the left under "Choose commands from":

    Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

  4. 4Now double-click More Controls in the options given for Developer Tab as shown below and click OK:

    Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

  5. 5The More Controls icon will appear in the main menu, and that’s where we want to go next.

    Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

  6. 6Click the More Controls icon and select Shockwave Flash Object from the list and click OK. Use the mouse to draw the control on a slide. You can resize the control to adjust the size of the Flash animation:

    Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

  7. 7Right click on the control you added and click Property Sheet in the context menu:

    Insert Flash into PowerPoint 2013

  8. 8In the opened Properties window, click the Movie property and specify the full path to your Flash file. You can add a Flash file located on your computer (e.g. C:\My movie.swf), or from a web resource (e.g.

    Flash Properties

  9. 9To embed a Flash movie into a .pptx file, set the EmbedMovie value to True.
  10. 10You can tune your Flash movie playback by setting it to play automatically and/or looped.
    • To start playing the Flash movie automatically when the PowerPoint slide is displayed, set the Playing property to True. Or, you can add custom controls for the Flash movie and set this property to False.
    • To loop Flash movie playback while the slide is displayed, set the Loop property to True.
    • Now you can save your presentation or view it as a slideshow: click the SlideShow icon in the View tab or press F5. Press Esc to return to normal view.

If you found the way described above to be too complicated, try the one-click insertion of Flash movies with iSpring Converter Pro. In addition to Flash movies, you can easily enrich your presentations with YouTube videos. Learn how to do it in this short video: