How to insert Flash into PowerPoint 2007

There are 2 ways of inserting your Flash clips into a PowerPoint presentation: the quicker way requires the iSpring Converter Pro add-in, while the longer way allows you to do it with existing PowerPoint features.

Using another version of PowerPoint? Check the following tutorials:

Before getting down to adding a Flash movie, you have to make sure that your computer has Adobe Flash Player installed and ActiveX control is registered. If not, Flash movies just won't play 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 2007 - 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.

Inserting Flash into a PowerPoint presentation

  1. 1Create a new or open an existing PowerPoint presentation and select a slide in which you wish to insert a Flash file.
  2. 2Click the Microsoft Office button and hit PowerPoint Options. Click Office button and open PowerPoint Options window
  3. 3In the PowerPoint Options window, enable the Show Developer Tab Ribbon option in the Popular tab, and click OK.
    Enable Show Developer Tab Ribbon option
  4. 4Go to the Developer tab in the main PowerPoint menu and click on the More Controls icon in the Controls section.
    Select More Controls option on the Development tab
  5. 5Select 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.
    Select Shockwave Flash Object
  6. 6Right-click on the control you added and click Properties in the context menu. Place control on a slide and open its Properties window
  7. 7In 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 a web resource (e.g. http://www.ispringsolutions/tour.swf).
    Specify link to Flash file
  8. 8You 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.
  9. 9Now 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.

Once again, you can avoid all these steps and insert Flash movies quickly using iSpring Converter Pro. It delivers the same perfect result just in a single click!

What's the difference between inserting and embedding a Flash movie?

There are two ways of integrating a Flash movie into a PowerPoint slide: embedding and inserting.

  • Embed: When you embed Flash into a presentation, it gets stored as an external presentation resource and can be viewed on any computer that has Adobe Flash Player (and most computers already have it installed).
  • Insert: When you insert a Flash movie, PowerPoint creates a link to the .swf file's location on your computer. PowerPoint 2007 only allows you to link external Flash files; it doesn't allow you to embed Flash movies into your presentation due to security restrictions. You can embed Flash movies into your presentation by saving it as a PowerPoint 97-2003 compatible copy.

It's a good idea to store all external resources like Flash movies in the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation. This trick will link the Flash movie's file name by itself without requiring a full path. Plus, even if you play your slideshow on another computer, your presentation will run just as smoothly, including all of the Flash animations.

iSpring Converter Pro allows you to create a solid Flash (.SWF) file from your PowerPoint presentation with all external multimedia resources embedded. This makes presentation viewing and delivery easy and hassle-free.