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Controls (Skyrim)

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For controls in other games, see Controls.

Default ControlsEdit

Controls can be altered in the settings menu. These are the default ones.

Menu Xbox PS3 PC
Left hand Trigger left

PS3 L1

M2 (right)
Right hand Trigger right PS3 R1 M1 (left)
Sprint Bumper left PS3 L2 Alt
Shout/Power Bumper right PS3 R2 Z
Move Stick left Stick left W A S D
Look Stick right Stick right Mouse
Sneak (toggle)

Stick left (Press)

Stick left (Press)


Toggle Third/First Person

Stick right (Press)

(When on a horse Press and hold Stick right and move Stick left up or down to adjust the camera angle forward and backward)

Stick right (Press)


Toggle Walk/Run N/A N/A Caps Lock
Wait Button back PS3 select T
Journal Button start Button start J
Activate Button a PS3 Cross E
Character Menu Button b PS3 Circle Tab
Ready Button x PS3 Square R
Jump/Rear Button y PS3 Triangle Space
Pick Up Button a (Held) PS3 Cross (Held) E (Held)
Favorites D-Pad U/D D-Pad U/D Q
Quick Keys

D-Pad L/R (Under Favorites Menu, Hold to assign)

D-Pad L/R (Hold to assign) 1-8

Quick Keys and dual WieldingEdit

Xbox - To assign a Quick Key on the Xbox 360;

  1. Add the spell or weapon to the favorites menu,
  2. Open the favorites menu (Using D-Pad U/D)
  3. Highlight the item to be used on a quick key
  4. Hold the D-Pad Left or D-Pad Right button until a number appears next to the item selected (1 and 2 for the respective buttons)


Press the quick key a second time to dual-wield spells - spells will default to the left hand, weapons to the right one.

Melee WeaponsEdit

Melee Weapons can't be dual-wielded using quick keys. Unless it's a stackable weapon, pressing the quick key a second time will only replace for the previous weapon.

Some enchanted weapons are stackable at first but if the charge levels become different they cease to be stackable and the quick keys can no longer be used for dual-wielding.


Bows are unsheathed, equipped, and sheathed, unequipped, as other weapons - by pressing the sheath/unsheath button (default, R, on PCs). To remove an arrow from a loaded bow without shooting it, press the sheath/unsheath weapon button. Hold down the right hand button to ready an arrow; how far the arrow will go - how far back the string is drawn - is determined by how long the right mouse-button is held (up to some maximum which appears to be a few seconds holding - this may be dependent on Marksman level). The arrow will be shot in a trajectory similar to that of a thrown baseball. The arrow goes upwards a little bit for some distance, and then comes back down. The trajectory of the arrow depends on the weight of the bow.

For people that have one, here is a link to the Kinect Voice Commands. Kinect

Third Person Camera ControlEdit

  •  360   PS3   The camera can be controlled by holding down the right analog stick and moving the left analog stick.
  •  PC   The zoom is controlled by the scroll wheel.


  •  PC   The PC version allows for screenshots of the game. This is done via the Print Screen key, which is usually found on the top right hand section of the keyboard. The files are labeled Screenshot#.bmp, and written in a deeply buried subdirectory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\skyrim, for example. Using a find tool for Screenshot*.* can help locate the files. Any simple graphics program, such as Paint, can then be used to edit and save as PNG files for common usage - as, for instance, writing and editing in this wiki. PS3 and Xbox 360 players can't take screenshots without a capture card.
  •  PC   An easier method is to use the Ctrl + Print Screen command to create a screenshot on the clipboard which can then be pasted into any program using the Ctrl + V (paste) command.
  •  PC   The PC version has built in Xbox 360 controller support, allowing for those with the Xbox 360 Common Controller to seamlessly transition between mouse and keyboard and a controller.


This section contains bugs related to Controls (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  ,  PS3  ,  PC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   Remapping the sheath/unsheath action to the middle mouse button will disallow certain actions such as dropping items and crafting. The action only seems to work when it is mapped to a key, making it necessary to constantly change the control temporarily to drop items or craft.
  •  PC   When using a controller, remapping gameplay controls also remaps UI controls; however, the UI does not change to reflect this. For example, if you remap the Character Menu to Left Stick, then you will need to use Left Stick (not B) to back out of menus.


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