Keyboard Controls

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The Keyboard Controls for Astroneer.

Controls[edit | edit source]

Keyboard Controls
Button Action
Esc Brings up the menu
W, A, S, D Move Astroneer
Single Left-Click Move/Extend/Interact
Right-Click-Drag Move camera.
Shift + W, A, S, D Sprint.
Ctrl + W, A, S, D Walk.
Space Jump.
Hold E

Alt + Left-Click

USE things. Enter & Exit Vehicles and Habitats.
Hold Q Examine. Open research catalog.
Q Open/Close Backpack.
E Activate Deform Tool. Click terrain to remove/subtract.
Ctrl + E Use Deform Tool to flatten/smooth terrain. (Hold Ctrl while using)
Alt + E Use Deform Tool to add terrain. (Hold Alt while using)
T Place tether. (Must have tethers in backpack).
Shift-Click Automatically places items into inventory if there is space for it.
1 Joy emote
2 Happy emote
3 Wave emote
4 What? emote
F1 Help

Rebinding keys[edit | edit source]

An image of rebounded keys.
Rebounded Movement Keys

You can rebind any of the keys listed above, by pressing escape and going to options then controls. From there you can rebind all the controls. However some of the things you can edit are limited.

The location for the WINDOWS 10 version (your local files) is:

C:\Users\[NAME]\AppData\Local\Packages\SystemEraSoftworks.blah_blah\LocalState\Astro\Saved\Config\UWP\ In that UWP folder should be a "GameUserSettings.ini" file that stores the LOCAL keybindings.

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" Again in that folder should be a "GameUserSettings.ini" file that stores the LOCAL keybindings.

From what I can tell the *.ini files between STEAM and WIN10 are the same. (I did not do an exhaustive comparison)

Now you should be able to update keybindings (especially for the vehicles) an some options not available through the options menu. Use at your own risk and be sure to make a back up file in case you booger it up! GOOD LUCK!

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 of us like WASD, or maybe ESDF. Here is an example of both your astronaut (astroneer) and your vehicle working under 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

Quick keyboard assists[edit | edit source]

When picking up an item, hitting Tab will place it directly into your backpack if there is free space without having to place it manually.

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