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Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser for taking quizzes in eLearning. When using Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot print, copy, go to other web sites, or access other applications. If your instructor requires that you use Respondus, you will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser. Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking quizzes. Do not use it with other features in eLearning or on other web sites.

Installing Respondus LockDown Browser

You must be the administrator of your computer to download Respondus LockDown Browser. Respondus LockDown Browser is also available in UWF computer labs.

  1. Click the link below to open the download page. 

    Respondus Lockdown Browser download link
  2. Click Install Now. This will download a .zip archive containing either a .pkg (Mac) or .exe (Windows) file. If the .zip file doesn't unpack automatically, double click on it.

Install Now button

       3. After LockDown Browser has been successfully installed, proceed to the Taking a Quiz section below

Taking a Quiz

  1. Close all programs on your machine.
  2. Open Respondus LockDown Browser.
  3. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging), choose Yes when prompted.
  4. Log in to eLearning.
  5. Go to the specific quiz you wish to take and attempt to begin the quiz, like you normally would without Respondus LockDown Browser.
  6. Click Take the Quiz.
  7. Once a quiz has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit Quiz button is clicked.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Operating Systems are compatible with Respondus LockDown Browser?
  • Windows: 10, 8, 7 
  • Mac: 10.10+
  • iOS (iPad only): 7.0+ 
  • Chrome OS (Chromebooks): in beta
  • See System Requirements for more details
How can I use Respondus on my iPad?
How can I use Respondus on my Chromebook?

As of April 27, 2021, students may continue using Respondus on Chromebooks

  • Click the Respondus download link in Step 1 above, to download the Lockdown Browser Extension.
  • From Chrome, navigate to your quiz and click the Take the Quiz button.
    • You may have to press the Refresh key on your keyboard, if you experience issues.
  • After completing the quiz, you'll have exit out of the Lockdown Browser Extension to get back to your regular Chrome browser.
After I start Respondus, a warning message states “You must close the following programs before starting the browser: [program name]”.  What should I do?
  • 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.
I want to use Respondus in a UWF computer lab, but my professor wants us to use the webcam and audio recording features in Respondus.  What could I do?
My quiz requires Respondus monitor. How do I use Respondus Monitor?

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