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]

Keyboard Controls
Default Key Name Action
ESC Brings up the menu.
W Forward Move Astroneer.
S Backward Move Astroneer.
A Left Move Astroneer.
D Right Move Astroneer.
LEFT SHIFT Sprint Sprint.
SPACEBAR Jump Jump.
Q Backpack Open/Close Backpack.
TAB.png TAB Catalog Open Research Catalog.
E Terrain Tool Ready/Put Away theTerrain Tool (mouse left-click Terrain to activate the tool).
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.

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 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 Drill from inside a land vehicle (either context key, depending on drill bit orientation).
V Context Right Rotate objects, Launch Shuttle. Activate/Deactivate Drill 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.
2 Emote 2 Wave emote.
3 Emote 3 Beckon emote.
4 Emote 4 Confused emote.
F1 Help.
F12 Take a screenshot (Steam version).
Left Mouse Button Left-Click Select, Deselect.

Activate controls and activate the Terrain Tool when it is being held.

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

Scroll Wheel

Zoom camera in and out.

Media[edit | edit source]

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 the settings tab, 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.