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.

ControlPCMacXboxPS4Notes

Movement

Look/TurnMouseRight StickRight StickAlso used to navigate menus.
MoveW, A, S, DLeft StickLeft Stick 
SprintShift (hold)LSL3Sprinting 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 AutoRunNum LockN/AN/AWhen On, you will sprint when moving instead of walking.
JumpSpaceAXThis 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 ModeCtrlRSR3Toggle crouch/sneak mode

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

Combat

Ready Weapon/
Sheathe Weapon
ZD-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 LeftD-Pad LeftSwap weapon/skill sets (level 15+).
Light AttackLeft ClickRTR2Attack with the weapon in your right hand or cast the spell assigned to your right hand.
Heavy AttackLeft 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.
BlockRight ClickLTL2Will block, using whatever shield or weapons are equipped.
Interrupt/
Break Free
Right Click + Left ClickLT+RTL2+R2Perform a bash, interrupting some enemy attacks.
Also used to Break Free of crowd control effects.
Skill Attack1,2,3,4,5X, Y, B, LB, RBSquare, Triangle, Circle, L1, R1Uses the skill assigned to that slot, if the player currently has the magicka or stamina that the skill requires.
UltimateRLB+RBL1+R1Use the ultimate skill currently slotted, if the player has sufficient ultimate points accumulated.
SynergyXY+BTriangle+CircleActivate Synergy with another player’s ability.
DodgeW, A, S, D (double-tap)LT+A with Left StickL2+Cross with Left StickDodge in that direction. Can be also bound to a single button on PC/Mac.
TargetTabN/AN/ATarget 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 SlotQD-Pad UpD-Pad UpConsumes whatever consumable item is in the primary Quick Slot.
Select Quick SlotQ (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 PetYN/AN/ADirect Sorcerer combat pet to a specific target.

Menus

Character MenusAltOptionMenuOptionsLeaves whatever menu/list is currently open, or reopens the last menu/list UI that was open.
InventoryI  Inventory (Item List)
CharacterC  Character screen
GuildsG  Guild screen
JournalJ  Journal, showing quests, achievements, and the character’s library of read books.
SkillsK  Skills
Champion=  Champion System screen
CollectionsU  Account-wide collectible items
Alliance WarL  Alliance war information
MapMViewTrackpad (press)Map
NotificationsN  Notifications
SocialO  Social tools
GroupP  Group tools
Crown Store,  Access the Crown Store
Mail#  In-game mail system
Quest CycleTD-Pad RightD-Pad RightCycles the active quest through the character’s quest list.
SettingsEscMenuOptionsGame settings and options.
HelpF1  Help
Emotes D-Pad Right (hold)D-Pad Right (hold)Access a list of quick-slotted emotes.

Siege

Fire Siege WeaponLeft ClickRTR2 
Exit Siege WeaponAltOptionBCircle 
Stow Siege WeaponX(?)Triangle 

General Gameplay

Interact with EnvironmentEAXActivate, use, talk, gather, etc.
Interact with PlayerFMenu (hold)Options (hold)Interact with another player.
Activate Cursor.N/AN/A 
ViewpointVD-Pad DownD-Pad DownToggle first and third person camera.
Viewpoint distanceMouse wheelD-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.
MountHView (hold)Trackpad (hold)Toggle mount. (The player will also dismount during some types of interaction, or when entering interior spaces.)
Toggle FullscreenAlt+EnterN/AN/AToggle Fullscreen/Windowed game mode.
ScreenshotPrt Scr
(Sys Req)
F12 ShareTake screenshot. Xbox360.png/PS22.png Opens a console menu with options to take a screenshot or video clip.
Start ChatEnterMenu+ViewOptions+Trackpad 

 

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