Keyboard Controls

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Default Astroneer Keys (1.0)

The Keyboard Controls for Astroneer are set by accessing the settings tab in the main menu, or by pressing the Esc key, then the settings tab while in-game (see right image). Also these controls, and other tips, can be viewed by pressing the F1 key while in-game (see media gallery below).

Controls[edit | edit source]

Default Key Name Action
Esc Brings up/close the menu.

Close Module controls/Research Catalog/Backpack.

W Forward Move Astroneer.

Select research in Research Catalog.

S Backward Move Astroneer.

Select research in Research Catalog.

A Left Move Astroneer.

Select recipe/research in Module controls/Research Catalog.

D Right Move Astroneer.

Select recipe/research in Module controls/Research Catalog.

Left Shift Sprint Sprint.
Space Jump Jump.
Q Backpack Open/Close Backpack.
Tab Catalog Open/Close Research Catalog.
E Terrain Tool Ready/Put Away theTerrain Tool (mouse left-click Terrain to activate the tool).

(Works as F when you keep item in the air and Backpack is closed, otherwise it activates Terrain tool)

Add a small item to your Backpack, if you keep it in the air.

Carry a medium item in your arms, if you keep it in the air.

F Use Single press to: Turn on/off some Items; Examine/Exit Module controls;

Enter/Exit Vehicles, Habitats.

Long press to: Turn on/off some Items, Scan Research Sample, Unpack Packages.

Add a small item to your Backpack, if you keep it in the air.

Carry a medium item in your arms, if you keep it in the air.

Left Alt Terrain

Add

Modifier

With the Terrain Tool ready, hold the key down to activate the add Terrain modifier.

(Hold Alt while using the tool).

Left Ctrl Terrain

Flatten

Modifier

With the Terrain Tool ready, hold the key down to activate the flatten/smooth Terrain modifier.

(Hold Ctrl while using the tool).

C Context Left Rotate objects, Launch Shuttle, Activate/Deactivate front Drill/Paver from inside a land vehicle (either context key, depending on drill bit orientation).
V Context Right Rotate objects, Launch Shuttle. Activate/Deactivate behind Drill/Paver from inside a land vehicle (either context key, depending on drill bit orientation).
T Tether Place Tether (must have tethers in backpack).
1 Emote 1 Joy emote (Assignable)
2 Emote 2 Wave emote (Assignable)
3 Emote 3 Beckon emote (Assignable)
4 Emote 4 Confused emote (Assignable)
F1 Help. Open esc menu with selected Astropedia tab.
F11 Switch between full screen and window mode.
F12 Take a screenshot (Steam version).
Shift+Left Mouse Button Left-Click Hover over and single press a small item to add it to your Backpack.

Hover over and single press a medium item to carry in your arms.

Left Mouse Button Left-Click Activate the Terrain Tool when it is being held, otherwise Astroneer make a gesture indicating the direction, if you click on the ground.

Grab and drop items.

Press buttons in Module controls/Research Catalog/Backpack Printer.

Iteract with some objects like cables, module control panels, hook on the Winch, Odd Stones.

Open/close Backpack, if you click on Astroneer. Activate Terrain Tool when Backpack open, if you click on it.

Right Mouse ButtonMouse Drag Right-Click-Drag Move camera.
Middle Mouse button

Scroll Wheel

Zoom camera in and out.
Enter Press action button in Module controls/Research Catalog/Backpack Printer. The first press opens the safety cover of the button, the second presses the button itself.
Select recipe/research in Module controls/Research Catalog/Backpack Printer.
Backspace Close Module controls/Research Catalog/Backpack.

Media[edit | edit source]

Rebinding Controls[edit | edit source]

Players are able to rebind the controls they use in the game in one of two ways. The first way is by going to the ESC menu, going to the Settings tab, and scrolling down to the Controls. There players may rebind any of those keys listed.

Players can also go into the GameUserSettings.ini file and change the controls there, along with other options in the game.

For Windows 10, the file is located at: C:\Users\[NAME]\AppData\Local\Packages\SystemEraSoftworks.blah_blah\LocalState\Astro\Saved\Config\UWP\

For Steam, the file is located at: The below is the location for the *.ini file in the STEAM version of the game: C:\Users\[NAME]\AppData\Local\Astro\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor

The file is the same between both versions of the game and may contain some options not available in the game menu, though some options may not work as they are left over from older versions of the game.

For example, mouse sensitivity is:

AxisName="LookUpRate",Key=MouseY,Scale=-1.000000 
AxisName="TurnRate",Key=MouseX,Scale=1.000000

Be aware the convention in the *.ini file is the "normal name" and its scaled negative under the same name.

Meaning, "MoveForward" by default is set to "Key=W" with a "Scale=1".

This means "MoveBackward" (which doesn't exist) is actually "MoveForward", "Key=S" with a "Scale=-1" ---> ! NOTICE THE NEGATIVE!

Some players prefer using ESDF instead of the WASD default for movement. Here is an example of both the player and vehicles using ESDF.

AxisMappings=(AxisName="VehicleThrottle",Key=E,Scale=1.000000)
AxisMappings=(AxisName="VehicleThrottle",Key=D,Scale=-1.000000)
AxisMappings=(AxisName="MoveForward",Key=E,Scale=1.000000)
AxisMappings=(AxisName="MoveForward",Key=D,Scale=-1.000000)
AxisMappings=(AxisName="MoveRight",Key=F,Scale=1.000000)
AxisMappings=(AxisName="MoveRight",Key=S,Scale=-1.000000)

Also, ensure the "UseAbsoluteSteering" is on, or true. This will cause the rover to use the "MoveRight" commands above to steer.

bVehiclesUseAbsoluteSteering=True