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Respondus LockDown Browser

The Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, that locks down the testing environment for Blackboard tests.  It is recommended that you download Lockdown Browser each time you take a new test to be sure you are using the latest version.





  • Windows Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, or 7

  • Windows Storage: 75 MB permanent space on the hard drive

  • Mac Operating Systems: Sierra 10.12, High Sierra 10.13, Mojave 10.14, or Catalina 10.15

  • Mac Storage: 120 MB permanent space on the hard drive

  • Web Browser Requirements: LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Both the Windows edition and the Mac edition of the browser are based on Chromium, Google's open source framework. Students do NOT need Google's Chrome browser installed; nor will this version affect a Chrome browser that's already installed.

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installing the LOCKDOWN BROWSER

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using THE lockdown BROWSER 

  1. Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.

  2. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click it.
    (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.)

  3. If prompted, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) by choosing Yes. Or, close LockDown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting.

  4. Log into Blackboard.

  5. Navigate to the test within the course and select Begin Exam.

  6. The test will then start. (Note, once a test has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit button is clicked.)

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LockDown Browser is localized for multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

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Student Resources

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Faculty Resources

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If you are a faculty member interested in implementing the LockDown Browser for your exams, please schedule a consultation by emailing askus@hamilton.edu or calling 315-859-4735.

Have problems downloading, installing, or taking a test with LockDown Browser? Please let your instructor know immediately and email helpdesk@hamilton.edu  or call 315-859-4181

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Last updated: September 3, 2021

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