Embed You Tube Video in your Microsoft Expression Web Pages

Long back in 1990s it was a challenge to embed videos into your web pages. But now most third party gadgets have made it quite simple to add a video into your page.

Similarly you can have a You Tube video embedded into your Microsoft Expression Web web page. All you have to do is copy the You Tube code and add it into the Code view in Expression Web. Just follow these steps:

  1. Visit You Tube and open the video you wish to embed.
  2. Copy the code (Embed code).
  3. Open your website/web page in Microsoft Expression Web.
  4. Either open Code view or Split view and place your cursor where the video is to be added.
  5. Paste the code.
  6. Save and Preview in the browser.


      7. You can make any adjustments to video (object) size, etc in the code.

NOTE: The Design view would not display the video. It would display an error that says ‘A control of the specified type could not be found’.


This is because the Design Pane is just to preview window for your markup. Video is an Active content and hence it will not be played in Design view. Just ignore the error and preview it in the browser. The video will run fine.

Filed Under: Expression Web


About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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  5. Zoran says:

    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

  6. Jacob says:

    very very useful.

  7. Joel says:

    I have tried several videos on youtube. Non will work in expression web but will work in frontpage.

    • minals says:

      Hi Joel,

      It will be helpful if you tell us the error/problem you are facing while embedding a youtube video in Expression Web.


  8. Scott says:

    I’ve tried several times to embed a youtube video in expression web 3.
    I get the error as mentioned above, but when I publish site, still no video?
    The test page I’m working with is:
    There should be a video at top of page just under the text “Life is good”
    Thanks for any help!

    • minals says:

      Hi Scott,

      You have not mentioned the error message in your comment. However, when I open the url (http://floridacampersguide.com/), I can see the youtube video just below the text ‘Life is good’.

      If you are still unable to get it, please do write back with the error message.


  9. Min says:


    I’have tried your technique but I am not able to see my video when I web preview it. What do I have to do to make it work? Do I have to change something in the code? I am not in IT and have no idea what to do. I need to submit this project for class.

    Thank you,

    • minals says:

      Hi Min,

      You may have to install Adobe FlashPlayer (your browser prompts for the plugin to be installed) if you are not able to view the video. Install the same and this should resolve the issue.

      If it still persists, write back with any error message and specifications of the browser you are using.


  10. Abztraxt says:

    Hye min,
    Nice article & tutorial…
    I’m new with all kind this stuff…
    How to make the you tube centrely in my webpage because when i try to embed it , the youtube will be on the top or below…

    • minals says:


      You can try putting the youtube video inside a div and then position the div wherever you want. I hope this helps. If you still have any doubts, post them with details.


  11. Andy says:


    We used to have an embedded video on the homepage of our website that was hosted by Motion Box. However, as that site closed down this week I’ve had to search for an alternative video hosting site.

    I decided to go with Vimeo. So I uploaded the video onto the site, copied the embed code, and pasted it into the code section of the webpage (I use Microsoft Expression Web 3). However, instead of a player and a working video, I got the error message: “A control type was not specified or the specified type could not be found”. And on the actual webpage, I’ve just been left with a black box that doesn’t do anything.

    I’m not massively techie, so I don’t really know what to do. Any ideas how can I make this work?

    • Minal says:


      The Design view should give you the error you mentioned above. That’s because it is not a browser. However your browser (when previewed using Preview in browser or F12) should display the video. Do you get an ActiveX warning (on the top of the browser)? If yes, just click on it and say ‘Allow’. You can permanently disable this warning too. Read this ‘Disable the ActiveX warning on your web page in Microsoft Expression Web‘.

      If the issue persists, then could you post the code for the video over here. That would help me analyze. Thanks!

  12. Wow, Embed You Tube Video in your Microsoft Expression Web Pages : Saffron Stroke – Your Web Design Resource has some extremely nice information, appreciated.

  13. thx for this post ! very informative !

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