Controls

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

For the PC, the keys are based on a keyboard with US-international layout. Other keyboard layouts can have different keys assigned to functions

For the Mac, listed controls assume a full keyboard and mouse. Laptop keys and trackpad actions map in the default way.

Xbox One and PS4 controls have two options, default and alternative. Alternative moves “jump” from A/X to RS/R3, and “crouch” from RS/R3 to the down arrow on the D-pad. The option to change camera viewpoints is removed as a single button but can still be done along with the viewpoint distance available by holding down the down arrow.

For in-game commands, including chat commands, emotes, bug and feedback reporting, and the like, see Chat.

Control PC Mac Xbox PS4 Notes

Movement

Look/Turn Mouse Right Stick Right Stick Also used to navigate menus.
Move W, A, S, D Left Stick Left Stick  
Sprint Shift (hold) LS L3 Sprinting rapidly depletes your Stamina. When on horseback, this control causes your horse to gallop.

  • On Xbox and PS4, you click down on the left stick
Activate AutoRun Num Lock N/A N/A When On, you will sprint when moving instead of walking.
Jump Space A X 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 RS R3 Toggle crouch/sneak mode

  • On Xbox and PS4, you click down on the right stick

Combat

Ready Weapon/
Sheathe Weapon
Z D-Pad Left (hold) D-Pad Left (hold) Toggles weapon between ready and sheathed.
If used while drawing a bow or holding a charged spell, this control cancels the attack.
Swap Weapons ` D-Pad Left D-Pad Left Swap weapon/skill sets (level 15+).
Light Attack Left Click RT R2 Attack with the weapon in your right hand or cast the spell assigned to your right hand.
Heavy Attack Left Click (hold) RT (hold) R2 (hold) A more powerful attack that restores stamina (with melee weapons) or magicka (with staves).
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. A heavy bow attack also restores stamina.
Block Right Click LT L2 Will block, using whatever shield or weapons are equipped.
Interrupt/
Break Free
Right Click + Left Click LT+RT L2+R2 Perform a bash, interrupting some enemy attacks.
Also used to Break Free of crowd control effects.
Skill Attack 1,2,3,4,5 X, Y, B, LB, RB Square, Triangle, Circle, L1, R1 Uses the skill assigned to that slot, if the player currently has the magicka or stamina that the skill requires.
Ultimate R LB+RB L1+R1 Use the ultimate skill currently slotted, if the player has sufficient ultimate points accumulated.
Synergy X Y+B Triangle+Circle Activate Synergy with another player’s ability.
Dodge W, A, S, D (double-tap) LT+A with Left Stick L2+Cross with Left Stick Dodge in that direction. Can be also bound to a single button on PC/Mac.
Target Tab N/A N/A Target the enemy under the cursor; successive presses cycles the target between available enemies. Targeting “locks” the effect of attacks on that enemy; no other enemies will be hit (even if they run between you and the target) until the target is dead or breaks the targeting lock. (Some skills can break target lock.)
Quick Slot Q D-Pad Up D-Pad Up Consumes whatever consumable item is in the primary Quick Slot.
Select Quick Slot Q (hold) D-Pad Up (hold) D-Pad Up (hold) Opens the Quick Slot wheel for viewing. The player can move their mouse in the direction of a slotted consumable to select it as the primary.
Command Pet Y N/A N/A Direct Sorcerer combat pet to a specific target.

Menus

Character Menus Alt Option Menu Options Leaves whatever menu/list is currently open, or reopens the last menu/list UI that was open.
Inventory I     Inventory (Item List)
Character C     Character screen
Guilds G     Guild screen
Journal J     Journal, showing quests, achievements, and the character’s library of read books.
Skills K     Skills
Champion =     Champion System screen
Collections U     Account-wide collectible items
Alliance War L     Alliance war information
Map M View Trackpad (press) Map
Notifications N     Notifications
Social O     Social tools
Group P     Group tools
Crown Store ,     Access the Crown Store
Mail #     In-game mail system
Quest Cycle T D-Pad Right D-Pad Right Cycles the active quest through the character’s quest list.
Settings Esc Menu Options Game settings and options.
Help F1     Help
Emotes   D-Pad Right (hold) D-Pad Right (hold) Access a list of quick-slotted emotes.

Siege

Fire Siege Weapon Left Click RT R2  
Exit Siege Weapon Alt Option B Circle  
Stow Siege Weapon X (?) Triangle  

General Gameplay

Interact with Environment E A X Activate, use, talk, gather, etc.
Interact with Player F Menu (hold) Options (hold) Interact with another player.
Activate Cursor . N/A N/A  
Viewpoint V D-Pad Down D-Pad Down Toggle first and third person camera.
Viewpoint distance Mouse wheel D-Pad Down+Right Stick (hold) D-Pad Down+Right Stick (hold) Zoom camera in or out in 3rd person. Zooming all the way in will switch to first person mode; zooming out while in first person will switch to third person mode.
Mount H View (hold) Trackpad (hold) Toggle mount. (The player will also dismount during some types of interaction, or when entering interior spaces.)
Toggle Fullscreen Alt+Enter N/A N/A Toggle Fullscreen/Windowed game mode.
Screenshot Prt Scr
(Sys Req)
F12   Share Take screenshot. Xbox360.png/PS22.png Opens a console menu with options to take a screenshot or video clip.
Start Chat Enter Menu+View Options+Trackpad  

 

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