Imagine you’re in the middle of your webinar or your presentation at a live event. You’ve intrigued your audience with some details, you have their undivided attention, your story is about to reach its climax – a demo of your product or a proof of your concept – and you click on the link to go to the website and… here comes an awkward moment: you switch off show mode, change from the PowerPoint window to Chrome, then turn on show mode again. When you look back at the audience, they’ve already lost their interest.
To avoid such situations, you might want to embed a web page in your presentation. The iframe (inline frame) tag will help you display an HTML document within another one.
Terms like iframe and HTML can intimidate some people, but, frankly, there’s nothing to worry about. You’ll just need to take 4 easy steps to embed a website in your presentation. Let us guide you through them.
Four Simple Steps to Insert a Web Page
Prepare your computer. Sit comfortably. But don’t make a cup of coffee – it won’t take that long. Let’s begin:
- Copy the URL (web address) of the web page you want to insert. If you don’t need the entire page, you can copy the URL of a specific element of the page.
- Download the free trial of Spring Converter Pro. With this software, you’ll be able to embed not only live navigable web pages, but also audio, YouTube videos, and a lot of other content objects from external resources – and preserve the original quality.
- Open PowerPoint. Find the iSpring Converter Pro 9 tab and click on it. Then choose the Web Object button on the toolbar.
Paste the copied URL in the open window. Now, check to see if the address that you entered is correct by clicking on the Preview button.
By the way, you can show web pages even when an internet connection is not available. To do this, you need to download the desired web objects to your computer, and then embed them by choosing Local Path instead of Web address.
Note: if you want to put more than one web page on your slide, or if you want to combine the web page with other content objects, you should choose the Custom size option.
- Now that you’ve embedded a web object in your presentation, let’s play it back. In order to do this, you’ll need to convert your presentation to HTML5. iSpring Converter Pro will do this for you.
- Click the Publish button on the iSpring Converter Pro toolbar.
- Choose the My Computer option, type the name of the presentation, and select a folder you want to keep it in.
- Choose HTML5 format in the Output Options menu.
- Wait for the publishing process to complete. A new window will then open. Click on the View course button to see a preview of your presentation.
Congrats! You have successfully embedded a web page in your PowerPoint presentation.
Why Not a Screenshot?
We’ve already described an awkward situation that you might find yourself in when using links in your presentation, but what about screenshots of websites? Sure, you can just make one and insert it into your presentation as an image. But this approach has some limitations.
- A screenshot is static. If your website has animations that make the user experience cool and engaging, you’re going to lose all these in your presentation.
- A screenshot is outdated. Depending on the website’s specifics, once you’ve made a screenshot, it may already be out of date and provide irrelevant information. Take the stock market as an example. Even a few minutes can make a huge difference. And what if you show your presentation a few days, weeks, or even months after you’ve created it? Exactly.
- A screenshot is not interactive. If you need to show your audience how they can interact with your website, such as how and where they can find the information they’re interested in, a screenshot will be of no use.
So, yes, you can use screenshots of websites, but they will not help you enhance your presentation, and they might even become a burden if you show your presentation regularly and thus have to constantly update screenshots in order to stay up to date.
To Sum Up
Embedding a web page in a presentation is fairly simple if you have the right software. iSpring Converter Pro will help you enrich your presentation, and keep it relevant and interactive. In this way, you can save time and effort that is otherwise spent with regular manual updating. You won’t have to disrupt the flow of your presentation in order to change from the PowerPoint tab to Chrome. You only need to follow our guide, and you’ll get a constantly up-to-date presentation, which you can convert to online formats that playback perfectly on any device. Try iSpring Converter Pro for free and see how handy and engaging it is to have live web pages in your presentations.