Easily locate the source file for embedded Drive video and audio files in Google Slides

Quick launch summary

It’s now easier to find the original source file for Google Drive-stored video or audio files embedded in a Google Slides presentation. Users can click the new ‘link to Drive’ button on an embedded video or audio file to quickly open the source file in Drive. This is useful for checking access on a file before sharing a presentation more broadly.

As announced last year, the Access checker in Slides will also check the permissions on embedded video and audio files when you first insert a Drive-stored file into a presentation and again when you share your presentation.

We hope these improvements make it easy for you to ensure collaborators and viewers have the proper permissions and visibility for all Drive-stored video and audio files embedded in a Slides presentation. 

Getting started 

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 
  • End users: When editing a Google Slides presentation, click on an embedded Drive-stored video or audio or file and then click on the ‘link to Drive’ button to open the original Google Drive file.

Visit the Help Center to learn more about inserting or deleting images and videos in Slides

Rollout pace 

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 24, 2021 
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days) for feature visibility starting on March 2, 2021 


  • Available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, and Education Plus, as well as G Suite Basic, Business, and Nonprofits customers