How To Set YouTube Start Time And End Time Easily

Looking to set YouTube start time and end time? Well, you probably have a website or a blog, and you want to include a relevant YouTube video in a page or a post or in a PowerPoint presentation. Embedding YouTube videos in your website or a PowerPoint Document, or sharing a YouTube video to social media is relatively easy. You get the embed/share link from YouTube and then embed or share it. But, what if you wanted to share only a relevant portion of the video and not the complete video – may be starting a YouTube Video at a specific time or ending at a specific time or both. There is a solution to this. Read on.

How to Set YouTube Start Time and End Time

You can use YouTube parameters to set a specific YouTube start time and end time and in the following steps, we will demonstrate how to set start and end times for Youtube Video and get the required embed code.

Total Time: 3 minutes

  1. Select the YouTube Video

    YouTube Start time

    Go to the YouTube video that you want to embed or share.

  2. Select the Share option for the YouTube Video

    Youtube Share Option

    Click on the “Share” link below the video. A popup will open with share options and the YouTube URL link on screen

  3. Get the Embed Code

    Youtube Embed Code

    Click on “embed” to get the embed code for the video as shown in the image above. Copy the embed code. The embed link looks like this:

  4. Identify the Start and End time for your YouTube Video

    Youtube Start Time End Time

    Now you need to identify the start and end times of the YouTube video that you want to set. Watch the video and identify the specific start time and end time in seconds. Let’s say you want the YouTube start time to be 10 seconds and the Youtube end time to be 30 seconds. To achieve this, you need to include the following parameters into the embed URL: start=10 and end=30

  5. Append the Start and End Time to the YouTube Embed Code

    Youtube Start End Embed Code

    Edit the link copied and append the parameters like this This will give you an embedded YouTube video starting at 10 seconds and ending at 30 seconds with a total run time of 20 seconds as seen in our example video below

The YouTube Embed Code Format

For quick reference, the embed code format is fairly straightforward:

where the VideoID is the alphanumeric code that is unique to every YouTube video

and x is the start time in seconds

and y is the end time in seconds

For more parameters that you can use for YouTube videos, you can read our post on How To Use YouTube Parameters To Embed Videos.

In the way outlined above, you can set a different YouTube start time and end time, than the original video. You can also choose to only have a start time or end at a certain time by using only the start or end parameter in the URL as shown below:


As you can see, the steps to set the YouTube start time and end time is fairly easy, and this feature can be extremely useful in a variety of scenarios. For example, if you are a teacher or a professor, and you want to show a specific part of a YouTube video to your students, and not the full video, then you can use these steps to set your YouTube Video, and embed it into your PowerPoint document for use during your presentation in class.

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Shashi Venkatesh
Shashi Venkatesh is a 20 year veteran of the technology industry, having worked with an IT Multinational with clients in the Telecom, Logistics, and Airline industry, working globally across America, Europe, and Asia. He enjoys reading and gaming and is an avid motorsport fan.


  1. Is there a reason that PowerPoint 365 (Mac) will not stop the YouTube video at the designate time?
    I am able to see the successful results in browser, but when I embed the link into PPT, it starts at the appropriate start time but continues playing past the “end time” stamp. Is this a known issue for Mac?

    • Hey Keith,

      I am experiencing this too but just on a regular laptop, not a Mac. All my videos works perfectly a month ago, and then i did a test run today and same issue, the start time works, but it doesn’t stop at the assigned end time. I have no idea what is causing this

    • I am experiencing the same issue on a regular Laptop (not a Mac). Worked fine a month ago, and then i opened the same ppt and it starts at the designated time, but it does not stop at the designated time. I have played around with it and haven’t found a resolution yet. I am not sure what is causing it.

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