Starfield Controls & Key Bindings (PC & Xbox)

Getting your feel around the movement and actions that your character may feel differently with every game that you play, and this includes Starfield.

Luckily, Bethesda has made it so players will be able to easily control their characters as they play the game, and you can even check the controls at any time.

Aside from being able to check the controls, you also have the option to modify them so that everything suits your play style but it’s best to check the bindings ahead before anything.

Starfield characters

Starfield PC ControlsPC controls Starfield

The following are the default keybindings for Starfield when you are playing the game on PC, which also has the option of being changed later.

Main Gameplay

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Forward

W
Back

S

Strafe Left

A
Strafe Right

D

Primary Attack

MOUSE1
Secondary Attack

MOUSE2

Melee

V
Throw GrenadeG

MOUSE4

Activate

E
Reload/Sheathe Weapon

R

Power

Z
Hand Scanner/Flashlight

F

Open Data Menu

TAB
Toggle POV

MOUSE 3

Camera Zoom In

MOUSEWHEELUP
Camera Zoom OutMOUSEWHEELDOWN

Jump

SPACE
Sprint

LEFT SHIFT

Sneak

LEFT CTRL
Hold To Run

Toggle Always-Run

CAPS LOCK
Auto-Move

NUMLOCK

Open Quick-Keys

Q
Quick-Key 1

1

Quick-Key 2

2
Quick-Key 3

3

Quick-Key 4

4
Quick-Key 5

5

Quick-Key 6

6
Quick-Key 7

7

Quick-Key 8

8
Quick-Key 9

9

Quick-Key 10

0
Quick-Key 11

[

Quick-Key 12

]
Quick-Save

F5

Quick-Load

F9
Pause

ESC

Quick-Skills

P
Quick-Inventory

I

Quick-Mission

L

Quick-Map

M

Quick-Ship

H

Quick-Powers

K

Spaceship (Flight)

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Fire Boosters

LEFT SHIFT
Switch Flight Modes

SPACE

Toggle POV

QMOUSE3
Fire Weapon 0MOUSE1

Fire Weapon 1

MOUSE2
Fire Weapon 2G

MOUSE4

Ship Action 1

R
Select Target

E

Increase System Power

UPV
Decrease System PowerDOWN

C

Previous System

LEFTZ
Next SystemRIGHT

X

Open Scanner

F
RepairO

Ship Alternate Control Hold

LEFT ALT
Cancel

ESC

Spaceship (Docked/Grounded)

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Undock/Take-Off Ship

SPACE
Get Up

E

Exit Ship From Cockpit

X
Zoom Camera In

MOUSE1

Zoom Camera Out

MOUSE2

Menu Navigation

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Accept

EENTER
CancelTAB

ESC

Up

UPW
DownDOWN

S

Left

LEFTAlt Key
RightRIGHT

D

Previous Tab

Q
Next Tab

TAB

UI Action 1

RIGHT
UI Action 2

B

UI Action 3

V
UI Action 4

Z

UI Action 5

X
Rotate Model

MOUSE2

Zoom Model In

MOUSEWHEELUP
Zoom Model Out

MOUSEWHEELDOWN

Quick Container

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Up

MOUSEWHEELUP
Down

MOUSEWHEELDOWN

Take Item

E
Open Transfer Menu

R

Perk Action 1

SPACE
Perk Action 2

LEFT CTRL

Outpost

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Build/Confirm/Edit

E
Cancel

ESC

Up

UPMOUSEWEHEELUP
DownDOWN

MOUSEWHEELDOWN

Previous Variant

QLEFT
Next VariantT

RIGHT

Rotate Object Left

MOUSE1
Rotate Object Right/Create ConnectionMOUSE2

Delete/Replace Object

R
Change Color/Previous CategoryZ

Repair Object/Next Category

C
Toggle ViewV

MOUSE3

Change Mode

TAB

Terminal

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Switch View

Q

Photo Mode

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Snapshot

SPACE
Exit

ESC

Reset Settings

V
Toggle UI

T

Next Mode

R
Move Camera Up

MOUSE2

Move Camera Down

MOUSE1
Previous Category

Q

Next Category

ESC
Up

UP

Down

DOWN
Left

LEFT

Right

RIGHT
Toggle HeadtrackingX

Toggle Helmet

Z

Security

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Rotate Left

AMOUSEWHEELUP
Rotate RightD

MOUSEWHEELDOWN

Cancel Pick

RMOUSE2
Eliminate Unused KeysX

Scope

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Steady

LEFT SHIFT

Data Menu

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Open Pause Menu

F1

Starmap

Action

Main Key

Alt Key

Open Mission Menu

L
Show Me

V

Zoom In

MOUSEWHEELUP
Zoom OutMOUSEWHEELDOWN

Surface Map

G
Set Route Destination

X

Open Resource View

R
Pan UpW

UP

Pan Down

SDOWN
Pan LeftA

LEFT

Pan Right

D

RIGHT

The rest of the controls in the game are minor and will often be displayed on your screen when you are building, viewing the Starmap, and more.

You can check the bindings by opening the menu (ESC) and selecting Settings, which will provide you with multiple options including Bindings. (Choose Bindings to view and edit keybindings)

Starfield Xbox ControlsXbox controls Starfield

Main Gameplay

Action

Main Button

Primary Attack

RT
Secondary Attack

LT

Melee

RS
Throw Grenade

RB

Activate

A
Reload/Sheathe Weapon

X

Power

LB+RB
Hand Scanner/Flashlight

LB

Open Data Menu

MENU
Toggle POV

VIEW

Jump

Y
Sprint

LS

Sneak

B
Quick-Key Up

UP

Quick-Key Down

DOWN
Quick-Key Left

LEFT

Quick-Key Right

RIGHT

Spaceship (Flight)

Action

Main Button

Fire Boosters

LS
Switch Flight Modes

RB

Toggle POV

VIEW
Fire Weapon 0

RT

Fire Weapon 1

LT
Fire Weapon 2

Y

Ship Action 1

X
Select Target

A

Cancel

B
Increase System Power

UP

Decrease System Power

DOWN
Previous System

LEFT

Next System

RIGHT
Open Scanner

LB

Repair

RS

Spaceship (Docked/Grounded)

Action

Main Button

Undock/Take-Off Ship

Y
Get Up

B

Exit Ship From Cockpit

X
Zoom Camera In

LT

Zoom Camera Out

RT

Menu Navigation

Action

Main Button

Accept

A
Cancel

B

Up

UP
Down

DOWN

Left

LEFT
Right

RIGHT

Previous Tab

LB
Next Tab

RB

UI Action 1

X
UI Action 2

Y

UI Action 3

VIEW
UI Action 4

LS

UI Action 5

RS
Zoom Model In

RT

Zoom Model Out

LT

Quick Container

Action

Main Button

Up

UP
Down

DOWN

Take Item

A
Open Transfer Menu

X

Perk Action 1

Y
Perk Action 2

B

Outpost

Action

Main Button

Build/Confirm/Edit

A
Cancel

B

Up

UP
Down

DOWN

Previous Variant

LEFT
Next Variant

RIGHT

Rotate Object Left

LT
Rotate Object Right/Create Connection

RT

Delete/Replace Object

X
Change Color/Previous Category

LB

Repair Object/Next Category

RB
Toggle View

VIEW

Terminal

Action

Main Button

Switch View

X
Left

LB

Right

RB

Photo Mode

Action

Main Button

Snapshot

A
Exit

B

Reset Settings

VIEW
Toggle UI

Y

Next Mode

X
Move Camera Up

RT

Move Camera Down

LT
Previous Category

LB

Next Category

RB
Up

UP

Down

DOWN
Left

LEFT

Right

RIGHT
Toggle Headtracking

RS

Toggle Helmet

LS

Security

Action

Main Button

Rotate Left

LEFT
Rotate Right

RIGHT

Cancel Pick

X
Eliminate Unused Keys

RS

Scope

Action

Main Button

Steady

LS

Starmap

Action

Main Button

Open Mission Menu

VIEW
Show Me

Y

Zoom In

RT
Zoom Out

LT

Surface Map

RB
Set Route Destination

X

Open Resource View

LB
Pan Up

UP

Pan Down

DOWN
Pan Left

LEFT

Pan Right

RIGHT

Like with the PC, there are more controls for other menus that are almost the same and are displayed in the UI.

Thankfully, Bethesda has provided players with the option to change the bindings for the Xbox Controller as well, something that many games fail to provide. (Usually, they just change the layout)

How To Change Controls?

To change the bindings for PC or Xbox, all you need to do is head into the Binding menu and select which action you want to bind to another key/button.

Once you have selected the action, you will need to press the key/button that you want, and it will replace the previous one.

If there are conflicting keys/buttons, they will be on the side to give you a heads-up on what needs to be changed.

Verdict

There are tons of first-person and third-person games out there and everyone has gotten used to a certain set of controls, which makes the flexibility with the bindings great.

Since you can view the actions and set your keys/buttons, you can easily things up the way that you want them to be.

If ever you wish to reset the Bindings, there is always an option to set them back to their defaults so you can start over or stick to the main layout.

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Michael James

Michael James has been an avid gamer since he was young. He loves to play video games and enjoys writing about it to share his experience and ideas with others. Aside from playing, he also enjoys helping other gamers both ingame and on-site.

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