Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus Lockdown Browser is used to give quizzes and exams in Canvas. This browser is a separate program that students will need to download and install 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.

Using the LockDown Browser in Your Canvas Course

Respondus has a Getting Started page which includes a Faculty Quick Start Guide (PDF) for Canvas Classic Quizzes, a Faculty Quick Start Guide (PDF) for Canvas New Quizzes, and an overview video of the process.

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