Skyrim:Controls

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This page documents the controls available while playing Skyrim and their default settings on each platform. You can re-map these controls to other keys to suit your preferences.

Contents


Control PC Xbox 360 PS3 Notes

[edit] Movement

Look/Turn Mouse B button
Stick
Right
Stick
Also used to navigate menus.
Move W, A, S, D Left
Stick
Left
Stick
Automove C - - Starts the character moving automatically. Also zooms in on objects in the inventory.
Sprint Alt LB L2 Sprinting rapidly depletes your Stamina. When on horseback, this control causes your horse to gallop.
Toggle Walk/Run Caps Lock - - Toggles between walking and running. Walking will allow you to move at a slower pace.
Walk/Run Shift - - When toggled to running, you will walk when this button is pressed. When toggled to walking, you will run when this button is pressed.
Jump Space Y Triangle This makes your character jump. This does not deplete your stamina, unlike previous Elder Scrolls games. Also, while on horseback, it will cause your horse to jump if you are moving forward, or rear back if you are stopped.
Sneak Mode Ctrl Left
Stick (LS)
Left
Stick (L3)
Toggle crouch/sneak mode
  • On Xbox 360 and PS3, you click down on the left stick

[edit] Combat

Ready Weapon/
Sheath Weapon
R X Square Toggles weapon between ready and sheathed. Sheathing your weapon while in combat indicates that you are yielding. Not all opponents will accept your yield; others may accept the yield but immediately resume fighting. Creatures never accept a yield.
If used while drawing a bow or holding a charged spell, this control cancels the attack.
Attack / Right Hand Left Click RT R1 Attack with the weapon in your right hand or cast the spell assigned to your right hand.
Power Attack Left Click (hold) RT (hold) R1 (hold) For melee weapons, use a Power Attack, which is a more powerful attack that uses up stamina.
When using a bow, draw the bow; the longer you hold, the more damage you will do. The maximum damage and range is reached in about 1 sec. Releasing the control will fire the arrow.

Sideways power attacks are initiated by moving to the left or right while holding attack.

Similarly, backwards power attacks are initiated by moving backwards while holding attack.

Block / Left Hand Right Click LT L1 If you are using a one-handed weapon with an empty left hand or a shield, or you are using a two-handed weapon, you will block. However, if you have a weapon or spell assigned to your left hand, you will attack with that hand.
Dual Cast Left Click+Right Click LT+RT L1+R1 Attack with both hands simultaneously. If the same spell is assigned to both hands and you have unlocked the appropriate Dual Casting perk, a more powerful version of the spell is cast. If your mouse doesn't support left click + right click--some don't--remap right click to an unused modifier key, for example the Applications Key (or on a Macintosh running bootcamp, the cmd key) and use that instead.
Power /
Dragon Shout
Z RB R2 Use the currently equipped power or dragon shout. Holding the control down for longer causes a higher-level shout to be used (if available).
Favorites Q D-Pad Up/Down D-Pad Up Brings up a quick menu on the lower left of the screen, showing only items / spells / powers / shouts marked as favorites.

[edit] General Gameplay

Activate /
Use
E A X Activate (doors, triggers) or pick up (places object in your inventory). If the button is held down, you can grab and manipulate physical objects.
Change View F (or mouse wheel) Right Stick (click) Right Stick (click) Switches camera mode between first- and third-person views.
Also marks items in inventory or spells / powers / shouts in the magic menu as favourites.
Character Menu TAB B Circle Opens the main menu, to access Skills, Items, Map, and Magic submenus.
Open Journal J or ESC Start Start Open Journal to access Quests, Stats, and System submenus.
Wait T Back Select
Hotkeys 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 D-Pad D-Pad Used to mark the items / spells / shouts in the quick [favorites] menu (hotkey Q) you may later equip ingame by pressing the respective hotkey.
Map M Quick Map
Inventory I Quick Inventory (Item List)
Magic P Quick Magic (Spells/Shouts/Powers List)
Skill Tree / Quick Skill Tree (Skill Progress/Available Perks)

[edit] Other

Rotate/Tilt Map Right Click + Drag with mouse Allows the in-game map to be rotated, when mouse is dragged left or right, and tilted when dragged up or down.
Quick Save F5 Saves the game in the QUICK slot and overwrites it automatically when pressed again.
Quick Load F9 Loads the game in the QUICK slot.
Open Console Tilde (`) Opens the in-game console.
Screenshot Print Screen Captures a screenshot of the current moment in the game, and saves it in the main Skyrim folder.
Steam screenshot F12 Takes a screenshot that is saved to the Steam screenshots folder. Hotkey can only be configured through Steam settings.
Item count: 1 Home Set the item count (trading) to 1.
Item count: MAX End Set the item count (trading) to the maximum value.
Item count: step increase Page Up RB Increases the item count (trading) for a step relative to the maximum value (ceiling(MAX/4)).
Item count: step decrease Page Down LB Decreases the item count (trading) for a step relative to the maximum value (ceiling(MAX/4)).

[edit] Dragon RidingDB

Lock Target Space Y Triangle Locks onto a target.
Switch Target 1, 2 D-Pad
Left/right
- Switch your target.
Attack Ctrl Left Stick
(click)
L3 Attack the target.
Land E A X Commands the dragon to land.

[edit] Notes

  • To assign an item in your inventory to either the left or right d-pad hotkey on the Xbox 360, PS3, or a PC using an Xbox 360 controller, enter the main inventory and make the object a favorite. Then return to the game, open the favorites menu, highlight the item, and press and hold the left or right d-pad hotkey until a small 1 or 2 appears next to the selected item.
  • Pc22.png Version 1.2.12.0 does not allow you to assign controls to number pad keys 1-8, returning the error message "That button is reserved". This was fixed in a later version.
  • Pc22.png Remapping a key will remap it for all uses, but the game interface will continue to show the default control. For example if "Left Strafe" (A) is remapped to (Q), then you must use Q for lockpicking although the interface will continue to direct you to the A key for lockpicking. The "Change POV" key is similarly bound to the in-menu "Favorites" toggle.
  • Xbox360.png When switching the attack buttons (RT and LT) with (RB and LB) you will be unable to block properly and can only use the power or shout currently equipped.
  • PS22.png To adjust the distance of the camera in third person mode, right click and hold the right analog stick, then move the left analog stick vertically.

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