Keyboard and mouse controls
- F1: Change camera view.
- F2: Use the map system.
- F3: Look at your own information.
- F4: Select targets, operate autopilot and communicate.
- SHIFT-F1 to F5: Time compression
- PgUp / PgDwn: Increase / decrease time compression
- CTRL click on Time compression icons: Force time compression
- CTRL-Print Screen: Save screenshot
- CTRL-F9: Quick save
- CTRL-Q: Quit instantly
- ALT-F1: Change view to fly by camera
- Numbers or click to select
- F5: Galactic sector view
- F6: System orbit view
- F7: Star system information
- F8: Galactic view
Galactic sector view
- Arrows: Rotate
- Page Up/Down: Scroll Z
- W, A, S ,D: Move on the plane
- R, F: Move up and down
- C: Center to where I am
- H: Center to selected system
- Enter: Enable/Disable automatic system selection
- Space: Set Hyperspace Target to Lock or Follow Selection
- click / unclick (planet or ship) sets / unsets as navigation target, and to focus on it
- Hold right mouse to rotate the view
- F5: Turns off the autopilot, and changes between manual flight and set speed flight
- F6: Undercarriage
- F7: Hyperdrive
- F8: Set lower thrust speed
- F9: Toggle missile / scanner panel on / off
- CTRL click on Autopilot icon: Cycle Heading control to forward, afterward and off (note: Ctrl+F5 doesn not work, must use mouse)
- R: Toggle rotation damping
- Tab: Cycle through full HUD/HUD without labels/No HUD and cockpit
- `: Lua console
- Clicking on an object (planet, star, station, ship), will select it as a target.
- CTRL click on a object, will select it as a target and as reference body.
- KP 8: Front Camera / Rotate External/Sidereal Up
- KP 2: Rear Camera / Rotate External/Sidereal Down
- KP 4: Left Camera / Rotate External/Sidereal Left
- KP 6: Right Camera / Rotate External/Sidereal Right
- KP 9: Top Camera
- KP 3: Bottom Camera / Roll External/Sidereal Right
- +: Zoom in (external/sidereal view only)
- -: Zoom out (external/sidereal view only)
- Home: Reset zoom (sidereal view only)
- , and .: In fixed view, roll camera
In external views, third mouse button rotates the view.
(NOTE: If you do not have a numeric keypad, please rebind the view direction controls from the View tab in the Settings screen)
- \: Toggle scanner mode
- ]: Increase scanner range
- [: Decrease scanner range
- T: Target object in crosshair
- Space: Fire laser
- M: Launch missile
- W, S: Forward/backward thrust
- A, D: Left/right lateral thrust
- R, F: Up/down lateral thrust
- Q,E; I,O: Roll CCW/CW
- J,L: Yaw left/right
- I,K: Pitch down/up
- X, P: Kill rotation
- V: Toggle rotation damping
Holding the right mouse also rotates the ship.
Hold SHIFT + <key> to low power thrust and smooth turns.
"Set speed" control mode
Thrust and rotation are same as above
- Enter, T: Set speed faster
- Right Shift, G: Set speed slower
Engaging any of the translation thrusters will tempralily disengage Set Speed Mode, until the directional thrust is cut.
A useful tip when you need to approach ships, either in combat, or a SAR mission for example. Pressing ctrl+LMB on the tartget will set it as the reference frame. Then the Set Speed mode will work relative to the ship, which in practice acts like a match speed mode, if speed is set to 0.
Cheats and debug
- CTRL-I: Debug informations (FPS and other statistics).
- CTRL-F10: Object viewer. Shows the currently targeted object. It allows for editing the properties of target planet
- CTRL-F12: Spawn a hostile ship
- Console: ~ or ´ depending on keyboard. Some useful commands for debugging/testing code/contributions are given here, but remember, cheating is for weaklings. However, it is allowed to restore borked saves.