SEB Options for Computer Labs

Third-party applications

Currently, third-party applications are only supported when using SEB 2.2 or newer on Windows computer labs. The application you want to use will have to be installed on all the computers before running an exam. You should verify that the application works inside SEB by setting up a test exam with the application you want to be using.

You can either choose one or more of the verified applications by checking off the checkboxes or adding your own executable.

How to add your own executable

If adding your own executable (name of the .exe file) you must find out the name of the file.

  1. This can be done by starting the application and pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to open the Task Manager.
  2. Find your application and right-click on details. This will reveal the name of the .exe file you should add.
  3. To test if this application can be run without further configuration, press Windows + R, type the name of the executable, and run it.
  4. If the application starts, you can add the .exe file (for instance stats.exe) to the SEB options, if not you will have to do a windows registry update on the computers that will use this application. IBM SPSS and Lingys have to be updated in the Windows registry.

 

Windows registry updates in App Paths

Some applications, like Lingdys (Norwegian program) and SPSS, do not update the App Paths in the Windows registry. Word and Excel do this, so that way the .exe file to run the program can be used by SEB.

Note: For Windows 11 it may not longer be the that Excel and Word is automatically added as an executable. You can follow this guide below to add your Office programs as executables. 

How to add an .exe file that doesn't start with Windows + R:

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type regedit and run it.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
  4. Right-click and select New > Key
  5. Select the Key, right click and choose Edit
  6. Add the full path and file name of the executable to the field value
  7. Right-click and select New > String
  8. Select the String, right click and choose Edit
  9. Add the full file path to the field value. This is the folder that contains the executable.

    The end product should look like this (Excel example):
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Tip: If you have Firefox or Chrome installed, you can just look at how their values are added under App Paths and do the same, but add the file path and the .exe file path to your desired program. Chrome.png

Test that your application now starts when running the .exe file using Windows + R.

 

Security concerns

The largest security concern is that SEB does not block access to the disk. This means that it is possible to open local files from the disk while running a third-party application within SEB. This problem can be minimized in a computer lab.

It is not recommended that you insert files without testing them. We recommend the method of inserting the files as a PDF panel, main illustration, additional resource, video or audio clip, depending on the file format. Some applications, like Excel, for instance, have the possibility to browse the internet within the application. This is also not stopped. However, Excel can be configured not to have the Data → Import menu item. Other applications can have other ways of browsing the web. This has to be checked before setting up an exam with the wanted application.

Word and Excel security settings

Note that if Word and Excel files are made available as attachments in the question set, you might have to edit additional security settings. Newer versions of Office automatically open downloaded documents in protected mode, to protect the user from viruses or malware.

This protection can cause the files to report as corrupted. To avoid this, please make sure that the protected view settings are disabled before the attachments are opened.

  • Go to File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Protected View
  • Then uncheck (disable) the three options
    1. Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet
    2. Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations
    3. Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments

URL resources

Be aware that if there is an URL resource with SSO login, the webpage may still be logged in on the previous candidate on shared computers with SEB if the first candidate did not log out of the external webpage before closing SEB.

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