Respondus LockDown Browser - Guide and Tips


Taking Respondus LockDown Browser Enabled Quizzes

Your instructor may have created Respondus LockDown Browser enabled quizzes. These quizzes will require a special browser that must be installed prior to taking the quiz.

LockDown Browser is a locked browser that prevents you from printing, copying, going to another page, or using outside tools during the quiz. LockDown enabled quizzes will not allow you to take the quiz on a standard browser.

LockDown Browser Video OverView

Installing Respondus LockDown Browser

Note: Each institute's installation is unique. If you already have Respondus LockDown Browser installed on you computer via a non-Fresno State course, you will be unable to use it for any Canvas @ Fresno State. You may have more than one instance of the browser installed. If this is the case, make sure you select the correct one for your Fresno State course

Note: You can pre-install Respondus LockDown Browser - but you will need the Download Link. Or you can just go to your Canvas quiz using the following steps to download the browser directly from Canvas.

  1. Go to your course and navigate to the Canvas quiz that requires LockDown Browser.


  2. Click on the quiz and then click the Take Quiz button



3. On the next screen, you a warning that Respondus LockDown Browser is required for the quiz. Click Download Respondus LockDown Browser.

4. Click Install Now on the download and install page.

Note: A file will be downloaded to your computer. Open the file and follow the prompts to install the program. After it is installed, you are ready to take a Respondus LockDown Browser enabled quiz.

Taking an Assessment (LockDown Browser is already installed on your computer)

  1. Open the Respondus LockDown Browser.


  2. The browser will notify you if there are any programs open that need to be closed before you can take the quiz.

  1. Click Yes to allow Respondus to close the programs for you.

  2. Click No to cancel the browser so you can close the programs yourself (you may want to choose this option if you need to save work in progress). Once you have closed all

other programs, you will need to re-open the LockDown Browser.

NOTE: You will notice that in the Respondus Lockdown Browser there is no URL bar, and very few browser functions on the top screen. The browser will also automatically load to the Canvas @ Fresno State log in page. If you see another institute's log in page, you may have opened the incorrect installation.


  1. Log into Canvas as normal.


  2. Go to your course and navigate to the Canvas quiz that requires Respondus LockDown Browser.


  3. Click on the quiz and then click the Take Quiz button

  4. You will now be able to complete your quiz.

Additional Help and Resources

For more help, please refer to the Respondus Knowledgebase Help Articles.

What are the computer requirements for installations of Respondus LockDown Browser?

Operating Systems Windows: 10, 8, 7

Mac: MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10

iOS: 11.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration


  • Windows 10S is not a compatible operating system, nor can LockDown Browser be obtained via the Windows App Store. At present, support for Windows 10 S Mode isn’t on the roadmap for LockDown Browser.

  • iOS: 11.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration. The LockDown Browser iPad app is not compatible with Sakai LMS servers. All Sakai users will need to use a computer with a compatible operating system.

  • LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor may continue to run in older operating systems that have reached “end-of-life” but students may encounter unexpected results.




Windows: 2 GB RAM Mac: 512 MB RAM


Hard Disk Space


Windows: 75 MB of free hard disk space Mac: 3 MB of free hard disk space


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