Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When students use Lockdown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Prevents other applications from being active
  • Copy, paste, and print screen functions are disabled
  • Supports screen readers

Achieving Academic Integrity

Academic integrity and responsible behavior are a part of the learning and teaching conversations, no matter the course modality. Explore the following approaches and methods which emphasize prevention and education on the Achieving Academic Integrity page.

Getting Started

Note: It is strongly recommended to create a practice quiz with the same settings you plan to use in Respondus LockDown Browser. This is so students have a chance to download and use the LockDown Browser ahead of the actual exam. Leave the practice quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can access it again if they use a different computer.

Instructor Resources

Using Respondus LockDown Browser in Your Canvas Course

To enable the Respondus LockDown Browser in any course:

  1. Login into Canvas and open the course.
  2. Follow the steps in the ‘How do I manage Course Navigation links?‘ guide to enable the link for the LockDown Browser Dashboard.
  3. Click Save.

To require students to use the LockDown Browser on a specific quiz:

  1. Login into Canvas and open the course.
  2. Click on LockDown Browser Dashboard in the left-hand navigation.
  3. Click the orange button to Continue to LockDown Browser.
  4. Click the arrow next to the name of the existing Quiz you want to modify and choose Settings.
  5. Choose to Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam, then decide whether to Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results.
  6. Enter an Access code for this exam (optional).
  7. Click Advanced Settings, then choose additional options such as Allow students to take this exam with an iPad.
  8. Click Save + Close.

To require students to use Respondus LockDown Browser for New Quizzes: 

  1. Respondus Lockdown Browser works with New Quizzes. To require Lockdown Browser for a New Quiz, navigate to Lockdown Browser Dashboard on your Canvas course navigation.
  2. Locate your New Quiz inside the dashboard and follow the instructions above – the Lockdown Browser set-up is identical for Classic and New Quizzes.

Using Respondus LockDown Browser in Your Canvas Course

When encountering a quiz that requires a LockDown Browser, please click on the quiz and follow the prompts to install the necessary desktop application or browser extension, as needed. 

  • Installation of LockDown Browser requires administrative access on your local computer.  


The Respondus LockDown Browser does not require a separate sign-on.

There is no associated fee for ISU faculty or students to use the Respondus LockDown Browser. 


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