LockDown Browser for Students

LockDown Browser is a secure browser that can be used to prevent printing, copying, going to unauthorized URLs, or accessing other applications during an in-classroom online Canvas exam. LockDown Browser is specifically intended for taking Canvas quizzes, not for others areas of Canvas. Here is an introductory video explaining LDB


Installing LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser must be installed to each computer (Windows or Mac) that will be used to take an exam. To install LockDown Browser on your computer:

  1. Download the Respondus LockDown Browser installer
  2. Shut down all open internet browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  3. Open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions to install
  4. Launch the browser and log into Canvas to confirm your machine isn't running any apps that block your access to the secure browser.  You may be asked to quit or "kill" certain apps that aren't considered secure

Taking an exam or quiz:

  1. Close all programs
  2. Launch LockDown Browser
    a. Mac users: Launch "LockDown Browser" from the applications folder
    b. Windows users: Locate the "LockDown Browser" shortcut from the desktop and double-click it
  3. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g., screen capture, instant messaging), choose "Yes" when prompted
  4. Login to your Canvas course
  5. Navigate to the quiz and select the "Take a Quiz" link
  6. Once a quiz has been started with LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the "Submit Answers" button in clicked



If you have problems downloading or installing Respondus LockDown Browser, email medcanvas@stanford.edu.

If you have problems taking an exam using Respondus LockDown Browser, notify your instructor or call 650-724-7370.