Professor: Presenting your Slides (New Top Hat)

Uploading and presenting your slide presentations through Top Hat not only allows you a seamless integration of Top Hat in your lectures, it also allows you the freedom to use our iPad or Android professor applications to break free of the podium, and gives you the option to annotate your slides as you lecture!

If you haven't yet uploaded a slide presentation please see here: Professor: Uploading your Slide Presentation 

Presenting your Slides
Once you've uploaded a slide deck, presenting your slides in class is as easy as pie! Click on the first slide you'd like to present to select it and display it in your preview pane. When you're ready to present to your students, simply click the Present button in the upper right hand corner.

This will reveal for you the presentation launch page where you can decide if you'd like to Start With Attendance or Start Presentation. Click the blue Start Presentation button to initiate you slide presentation.

This will present the selected slide on your projected screen and also sync it to your students' devices. It's important to note that your students will only be able to view the currently presented slide and any previous slides from the deck, but they will not be able to view slides not yet presented. 

Navigating your Slide Presentation
To advance through your slide presentation you can use the left and right navigation arrow buttons in the bottom left hand corner of your screen, your mobile professors' application for iPad or Android, or the left and right arrows on your keyboard. Don't worry if these buttons don't currently appear on your slide presentation, Top Hat is simply maximizing your slide display, but whenever you need them a quick click on your slide will trigger them to reappear! 

Should you wish to jump to a specific slide or content item within your presentation you simply need to click on the blue button in the bottom left corner to expand your full lecture's content. Using the grey left and right arrows will allow you to scroll through the deck, and once you reach the desired slide or content item, a quick click on it will automatically move you to that point in the lecture. 

Questions or Discussions
Your embedded Top Hat questions and discussions will be automatically activated when you reach them in your presentation! For more on their in-class flows please see here: Professor: Asking Questions (New Top Hat) and Professor: Using Discussions (New Top Hat)

Annotating your Slides
While presenting your slides you can make use of our annotations feature to mark-up your slides and draw your students' attention to something. To activate this feature click on the the pen icon in the bottom centre of your screen to reveal the feature's menu. 

Clicking the pen on paper icon will display for you the colour choices you have for your annotations. The icon that resembles three stacked lines will provide your options for the weight of the line you'll annotate with. Clicking the undo arrow icon will, well, undo your most recent annotation, whereas the final icon is that of an eraser and clicking this icon will clear all of your annotations from your slide.

Annotations will be displayed on your projected screen as well as your students' devices!


Ending your Presentation
At the end of your lecture, simply click on the blue button in the bottom left corner to expand your full lecture's content and click the red END button in the centre. This will close the slide presentation and any embedded questions or discussions that were active during the lecture.

Should you require further assistance with Top Hat, our Support Team is here to help! You can contact us directly by way of email (, the in app support button, the red Can’t find what you are looking for? Ask Support! banner at the bottom of this page, or calling us at 1-888-663-5491.