Professor: Downloading the Presentation Tool

Top Hat’s Presentation Tool is a desktop application that has been designed to “float” inconspicuously over your favourite presentation software. Whether it’s PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or any other application, the Presentation Tool will save you from switching back-and-forth between windows.

This article will walk you through how to download the Presentation Tool onto your computer, but if you'd like a full overview of this great presentation option, please see here: Professor: Using the Presentation Tool (New Top Hat) or Professor: Using the Presentation Tool in Your Lectures (Old Top Hat) 

Downloading the Presentation Tool to your Computer
To begin, log into your Top Hat account on the computer you'd like to download the Presentation Tool to. Then access your Courses page by clicking on the Top Hat icon or arrow in the upper left hand corner next to your course name and join code.

Old Top Hat

New Top Hat

This will take you to your Courses page where you'll want to click where it says Tools & Apps in the top header. This will take you to the page in which you can download the Presentation Tool, by simply clicking on the Download button to the right.

Top Hat will identify if you're working on a PC or a Mac and provide you with the appropriate download instructions. Simply follow the instructions presented for you to download the Presentation Tool to your computer. 

Once downloaded the icon for the desktop application will look like the image below and you can simply double click it to launch your Presentation Tool! Again, additional information on using this feature in your lectures can be found here: Professor: Using the Presentation Tool in Your Lectures

Downloading the Presentation Tool to a USB
If you do not have administrative rights to install programs on the computer in your classroom, you can download the Presentation Tool to a USB. For information on downloading the Top Hat Presentation Tool to a USB, please see the appropriate link below:


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.