Daggerfall:Key Controls

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Daggerfall Default Key Bindings[edit]

This table shows the default control key bindings that are used by the game. You can change almost all listed key bindings in the game options menu by selecting "Controls". As changing the "Swing Weapon" key binding to any binding other than the second mouse button may cause problems, players are advised to retain the default binding for that control.

Control Keys (adjustable via "Controls" menu)
Movements Key
Forward Up
Reverse Down
Turn Left Left
Slide Left LShift
Turn Right Right
Slide Right RShift
Float Up (levitating, swimming) Pg Up
Float Down (levitating, swimming) Pg Dn
Jump J
Crouch D
Slide Ctrl
Run P
Combat Key
Cast Spell Backspace
Recast Spell* Q
Abort Spell E
Use Magic Item (or potion) U
Ready Weapon A
Swing Weapon M2 (hold down second mouse button and move the mouse)
Switch Hand S
Player Actions Key
Steal Mode F1
Grab Mode F2
Info Mode F3
Talk Mode F4
Character Sheet F5
Inventory F6
Status I
Rest R
Logbook L
Notebook N
Travel Key
Automap M
Travel Map W
Transport (mode) T
Views and Interaction Key
Activate Center Object Space
Activate Cursor Enter
Look Up Ins
Look Down Del
Center View Home
Look Around (when in mouse "cursor" mode) Alt + move mouse
Sneak (when in mouse "view" mode) Alt
Other Keys (not adjustable via "Controls" menu)
Gameplay Key
Game Options Esc
Toggle Full Screen F10
Return to Last Known Point (to escape the void) Alt + F11
DosBox Commands Default Keys
Quit DosBox Ctrl + F9
Toggle Full Screen/Window Mode Alt + Enter

* Pressing this key will cause the game to crash if you have just used a potion or cast the Lycanthropy spell.
The notebook was never implemented.

For a more complete list of keys see http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Special_Keys.

Alternate way to run the game: Type fall z.cfg at the DOS-Prompt in the DAGGER directory

Recommended Non-Default Key Bindings[edit]

The following non-default control key bindings will make the game play more like later Elder Scrolls games.

Action Key
Forward W
Reverse S
Slide Left A
Slide Right D
Jump Space
Run Alt or Shift
Ready Weapon R
Logbook J
Character Sheet /
Inventory I
Cast Spell C
Rest T
Activate Center Object M3 (mouse center click)
Abort Spell X or V
Recast Spell Q
Mouse Control Change to "View" and increase sensitivity

Dialog shortcuts[edit]

Instead of clicking on the respective message box buttons with the mouse cursor during dialog, you may press the Y or N keys respectively to accept or decline an offer or quest. This is especially useful when you are speaking with one of the Daedric princes, as their quest dialog does not provide a message box, and there is therefore no way besides these two keys to interact with them.

Accept offer/quest Key
"Yes" Y
"No" N


  • You must adjust the control settings in order for cheats to work when running DosBox (see here).