Respondus LockDown Browser (Student)

The Respondus LockDown Browser is used to administer quizzes and exams in Canvas and is a separate program that will need to be downloaded and installed from:  (or by clicking the Download Software tile on

  • This program will lockdown the computer, so the user is unable to access any programs or other features.  
  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized.  
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and network monitoring applications.  
  • Print, print screen and screen capture functions are disabled.  
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented.  
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled.  
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading.  
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop.  
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers.  
  • Localized for multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.  
  • Supports screen readers and accessibility programs.  
  • Available for Windows, Mac and iOS. ChromeBooks are supported with the limitations as outlined.

To Take a Test:

1.    If not already available, download the Respondus LockDown Browser from

2.    Close all programs unless one is used to connect to the internet.  

3.    Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click it. (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.)

4.    If prompted, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) by choosing Yes. Or, close LockDown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting.

5.    Login to the appropriate Canvas course.

6.    Navigate to the quiz or exam and select it.

7.    If the instructor requires a test password, a new window will appear asking for the Exam Password. Enter the password and click Begin Exam.

8.    The test will then start. (Note, once a test has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, it cannot be exited until the Submit button is clicked.)

9.    If the client needs to be updated, click this link to obtain the update:

Respondus LockDown Browser Quick Start Guide for Students (Canvas Classic Quizzes)

Respondus LockDown Browser Quick Start Guide for Students (Canvas New Quizzes)

Respondus LockDown Browser Resources

If issues occur with Respondus LockDown Browser, visit Respondus Support for assistance.

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