VBA User Forms videos | Excel VBA Forms Pt 16 - Playing YouTube Videos

Posted by Andrew Gould on 04 April 2016

Playing videos in a VBA user form is perhaps a little frivolous but it makes for a fun video! You'll learn how to add extra controls to the toolbox, how to use the Shockwave Flash Object and a little about how to use VBA's string functions to manipulate YouTube's video URLs.

This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Profitable Films - Pt16 Playing YouTube Videos.xlsm Excel workbook with macros

Click to download a zipped copy of the above files.

Making a  video bigger

You can increase the size of your video to make it fill the screen like this:

View full screen

Play your video (the icons shown won't appear until you do), then click on the full screen icon which appears as shown at its bottom right-hand corner.


When you've finished viewing a video in full screen mode, just press the Esc key to return to normal view.

Improving the quality of a video

To improve the quality of a video, first click on the Settings icon:

Settings icon

Make sure you're playing your video so that the icons shown appear, then click on this gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner.


Choose to change the video quality:

Video quality

Click on Quality as shown to bring up the submenu.


The higher the number you choose, the better will be your video quality (but the slower the connection speed):

Connection speed

Don't choose the HD option unless you have a fast enough connection speed to support it!


Is your Wise Owl speaking too slowly (or too quickly)?  You can also use the Settings menu above to change your playback speed.

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07 Feb 20 at 13:57

Hi Andrew

It seems that the video " Playing Youtube Videos " is not complete. There is not the multipage. 
Also when I try to add the ShockWave Flash Object it appeared an error " Access Denied" .

13 Feb 20 at 08:53

Hi JD,

It seems that you're correct. I'm not entirely certain of the cause although I suspect it's due to some older controls related to the Shockwave Flash Player becoming obsolete.  You can download a file with the multipage control from the previous video although I don't think that it will help with the Flash Player unfortunately!