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Respondus LockDown Browser

Modified on 2013/10/10 15:57 by Admin K. Barth Categorized as Respondus

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What is the Respondus LockDown Browser?

The Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a custom web browser for taking quizzes in eLearning. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser, they cannot print, copy, go to other web sites, or access other applications. Once they start a quiz in the Respondus LockDown Browser,they must finish it in the same session. If you require that students use Respondus, they will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser.

Enabling Respondus LDB on a Quiz

  1. Go to the Quizzes tool and select the quiz
  2. In the next window, select the Restrictions tab
  3. Scroll down to Security Options
  4. Select the Checkbox next to" Required to take this quiz"
  5. You may also select the checkbox "required to view quiz feedback and results"
    • This helps prevent printing and/or copying the test results
  6. Click Save Quiz

Do not use the Respondus LockDown Browser in conjunction with ProctorU!

Faculty Hints:

To ensure that your students are ready to use the Respondus LockDown Browser on their first "significant" quiz attempt, give your students a simple quiz (2, or 3 questions) very early in the course and REQUIRE that the Respondus LockDown Browser be used to complete it.

This will allow issues, if any, to be resolved well before they attempt any "significant" exam with the Respondus LockDown Browser.


  • If only one or two of your students experience a problem with the Respondus LockDown Browser, it is a problem with their computer settings (not the Respondus LockDown Browser) and they should contact the ITS Helpdesk (850-474-2075, immediately.
  • Other, incredibly helpful, suggestions: Respondus LockDown Browser Suggestions


The following information for downloading and installing the Respondus LockDown Browser is very helpful.

The link students MUST use to access the correct version of the Respondus LockDown Browser intended for the University of West Florida is found on the eLearning sign-in page.

Once there, look under Support for Students and select the Respondus LockDown Browser link (Or, use this link).

Students need to select the version intended for the computer's operating system (Mac, or PC).

Respondus LockDown Browser Suggestions

  • Respondus LockDown Browser uses the same HTML engine, system components and settings as Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Macintosh).
    • Basically, LockDown Browser provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Mac) browsers that are already installed on computers.
  • Therefore, it is recommended that students access their course with Internet Explorer-Windows or Safari-Macintosh (not FireFox or Google Chrome) and take a non-LDB enabled practice quiz to resolve any settings and media plug-ins prior to taking a test with LockDown Browser.
    • Why?: Because, taking a quiz with the Respondus LockDown Browser is essentially the same as using Internet Explorer/Safari.
  • Instructors should also provide a second LockDown Browser-enabled practice quiz to verify the settings.


  • For Windows systems and Macintosh systems with additional security software, we suggest relaxing any security settings to "medium", add "lockdown.exe" (Windows) or "LockDown" (Macintosh) as a "trusted application."
    • Also, add UWF's learning management system server address (simply add: as a "trusted site" in any security software.
  • We recommend closing down all applications including background applications except for security and network connectivity prior to starting LockDown Browser.
    • Also, any background downloading of files, streaming music or automated backups should be suspended until after the test has been completed with LockDown Browser.
  • If using a wireless network connection, students should check check connectivity strength, 4-5 bars in Windows or 3-4 arcs in Macintosh, prior to starting a test with LockDown Browser.
    • If connectivity strength is low or there is difficulty navigating through web pages on a standard browser, students should seek a wired network connection prior to starting a test with LockDown Browser.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

I rebooted my computer while Respondus LockDown Browser was running. Now the Windows Task Manager is grayed out and can’t be used. What do I do?

If a computer is powered down while Respondus LockDown Browser is running, the Windows Task Manager will continue to be blocked when the computer is restarted. To remove the blocking, restart Respondus LockDown Browser and exit the program properly (click the "X" in the top right corner).

When I start LDB a warning message states “You must close the following programs before starting the browser: “program name”.

Over 300 applications, such as screen capture and chat programs, are "blacklisted." This means that you cannot start Respondus LockDown Browser until the blocked application is exited. When this warning message appears, Respondus LockDown Browser will offer to close the blacklisted program for you, which is the easiest way to continue.

Need Help With Your Course?

Contact Our Instructional Designers:
Cindy Mersereau:
Phone: 850-474-3291
June Watkins:
Phone: 850-474-3165
Lior Flum:
Phone: 850-473-7239

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