How Respondus LockDown Browser Works

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing 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
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
  • Testing Services prefers the Lockdown Browser settings be turned off on computer-based tests proctored in their testing centers as it is not compatible with their LanSchool software
    • If you are looking to live proctor a test, please consider enabling the 'live instructor proctoring' option when setting up quizzes in Canvas


Select your operating system below to download the LockDown Browser:

Please note that the LockDown browser is not compatible with Chromebooks. In some instances, the LockDown Browser is bundled with McGraw-Hill, Pearson, or other third party products. In these cases, students may need to download and install a specialized version.

Note that LockDown Browser is preinstalled on Waubonsee issued laptops. Students using Waubonsee laptops only need to click the LockDown Browser icon on their desktop to launch.


    Please review the following guides and resources before using the LockDown Browser.

    Please consider incorporating the Respondus LockDown Browser for Students Canvas module in your courses.

    Need additional help? Please register for an upcoming Respondus webinar.

    Introduction to Respondus

    Live Proctoring with Respondus