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FSX Controls/Keyboard Commands

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These are the final keyboard commands for FSX. Many are new due to the new features in FSX. Print them out (5 pages). You'll find that they will enhance your flight experiences with FSX.

You can view the keyboard controls below or you can download the file to keep on your own system.

This control list is extensive and should cover everything you need from basic to advanced flying in Flight Simulator X.

Control list

NOTE:  Make sure Num Lock is OFF before using Num Pad commands.

SIMULATOR COMMANDS

Pause

P or BREAK

Full Screen Mode

ALT + ENTER

Menus (display/hide)

ALT

ATC Menu (display/hide)

ACCENT or SCROLL LOCK

Kneeboard (display/hide)

SHIFT+F10

Sound (on/off)

Q

Reset Current Flight

CTRL+; (SEMICOLON)

Save Flight

; (SEMICOLON)

Exit Flight Simulator

CTRL+C

Exit Flight Simulator Immediately

CTRL+BREAK

Joystick (on/off)

CTRL+K

Cycle Coordinates/Frame Rate

SHIFT+Z

Select Item 1

1

Select Item 2

2

Select Item 3

3

Select Item 4

4

Select Time Compression

R

Drop Objects

SHIFT+D

Fuel Truck (request)

SHIFT+F

Aircraft Labels (display/hide)

CTRL+SHIFT+L

Flying Tips (display/hide)

CTRL+SHIFT+X

Increase Selection

= (EQUAL SIGN)

Increase Selection Slightly

SHIFT+= (EQUAL SIGN)

Decrease Selection Slightly

SHIFT+- (MINUS SIGN)

Decrease Selection

- (MINUS SIGN)

Capture Screenshot

V

Jetway (attach/detach)

CTRL+J

End Flight

ESC

 

CONTROL SURFACE COMMANDS

Ailerons (bank left)  

Num Pad 4

Ailerons (bank right)  

Num Pad 6

Aileron Trim (left)  

CTRL+Num Pad 4

Aileron Trim (right)  

CTRL+Num Pad 6

Rudder (yaw left)  

Num Pad 0

Rudder (yaw right)  

Num Pad ENTER

Rudder Trim (left)  

CTRL+ Num Pad 0

Rudder Trim (right)  

CTRL+Num Pad ENTER

Center Ailerons and Rudder  

Num Pad 5

Pitch Down (elevator)  

Num Pad 8

Pitch Up (elevator)  

Num Pad 2

Elevator Trim Down  

Num Pad 7

Elevator Trim Up  

Num Pad 1

Flaps (retract fully)  

F5

Flaps (retract incrementally)  

F6

Flaps (extend incrementally)  

F7

Flaps (extend fully)  

F8

Extend/Retract Spoilers/Airbrakes  

/ (FORWARD SLASH)

Arm Spoilers  

SHIFT+/ (FORWARD SLASH)

Water Rudder Up/Down  

CTRL+W

 

ENGINE COMMANDS

On multiengine aircraft, engine commands affect all engines unless you first select an engine.

Select Engine

E+engine number (1-4)

Select All Engines

E+1+2+3+4

Engine Autostart

CTRL+E

Throttle (cut)

F1

Reverse Thrust (turboprops/jets)

F2 (press and hold)

Throttle (decrease)

F2 or Num Pad 3

Throttle (increase)

F3 or Num Pad 9

Throttle (full)

F4

Propeller (low RPM)

CTRL+F1

Propeller (decrease RPM)

CTRL+F2

Propeller (increase RPM)

CTRL+F3

Propeller (high RPM)

CTRL+F4

Mixture (idle cutoff)

CTRL+SHIFT+F1

Mixture (lean quickly)

CTRL+SHIFT+F2

Mixture (enrich)

CTRL+SHIFT+F3

Mixture (full rich)

CTRL+SHIFT+F4

Carb Heat/Engine Anti-ice ((on/off))

H

Magnetos (select)

M

Master Battery/Alternator (select)

SHIFT+M

Jet Starter (select)

J

Helicopter Rotor Clutch ((on/off))

SHIFT+. (PERIOD)

Helicopter Rotor Governor ((on/off))

SHIFT+, (COMMA)

Helicopter Rotor Brake ((on/off))

SHIFT+B

Increase Selection

= (EQUAL SIGN)

Increase Selection Slightly

SHIFT+= (EQUAL SIGN)

Decrease Selection Slightly

SHIFT+- (MINUS SIGN)

Decrease Selection

- (MINUS SIGN)

 

GENERAL AIRCRAFT COMMANDS

Brake (set parking)

CTRL+. (PERIOD)

Pushback (start/stop)

SHIFT+P  (then press 1 or 2 

 to turn tail right/left)

Brakes (apply/release)

. (PERIOD)

Brakes (apply left brake)

Num Pad + (PLUS)

Brakes (apply right brake)

Num Pad - (MINUS)

Landing Gear (extend/retract)

G

Tail wheel (lock/unlock)

SHIFT+G

Landing Gear (extend manually)

CTRL+G

Fuel Dump (on/off)

CTRL+SHIFT+D

Subpanels (display/hide)

SHIFT + 1 through 9

Smoke System ((on/off))

I

Cowl Flaps (open incrementally)

CTRL+SHIFT+V

Cowl Flaps (close incrementally)

CTRL+SHIFT+C

Tow Plane (call)

CTRL+SHIFT+Y

Tow Rope (release)

SHIFT+Y

Doors (select) 

SHIFT+E

 

LIGHT COMMANDS

Lights - all (on/off)

L

Strobe Lights (on/off)

O

Panel Lights (on/off)

SHIFT+L

Landing Lights (on/off)

CTRL+L

Landing Light (tilt down)

CTRL+SHIFT+Num Pad 2

Landing Light (tilt left)

CTRL+SHIFT+Num Pad 4

Landing Light (tilt right)

CTRL+SHIFT+Num Pad 6

Landing Light (tilt up)

CTRL+SHIFT+Num Pad 8

Landing Light (center)

CTRL+SHIFT+Num Pad 5

 

RADIO COMMANDS

ATC Window (display/hide)

` ACCENT or SCROLL LOCK

VOR 1 Ident (on/off)

CTRL+1

VOR 2 Ident (on/off)

CTRL+2

MKR Ident (on/off)

CTRL+3

DME Ident (on/off)

CTRL+4

ADF Ident (on/off)

CTRL+5

Standby Frequency (swap)

X

COM Radio (select)

C

NAV Radio (select)

N

OBS indicator (select)

SHIFT+V

ADF (select)

CTRL+SHIFT+A

DME (select)

F

Transponder (select)

T

Increase Selection

= (EQUAL SIGN)

Increase Selection Slightly

SHIFT+= (EQUAL SIGN)

Decrease Selection Slightly

SHIFT+- (MINUS SIGN)

Decrease Selection

- (MINUS SIGN)

 

AUTOPILOT COMMANDS

Master (on/off)

Z

Flight Director (on/off)

CTRL+F

Wing Leveler (on/off)

CTRL+V

Yaw Damper (on/off)

CTRL+D

Altitude Hold (on/off)

CTRL+ Z

Altitude Bug (select)

CTRL+SHIFT+Z

Heading Hold (on/off)

CTRL+H

Heading Bug (select)

CTRL+SHIFT+H

Airspeed Hold (on/off)

CTRL+R

Mach Hold (on/off)

CTRL+M

Autothrottle (arm)

SHIFT+R

Autothrottle engage (TOGA)

CTRL+SHIFT+G

Nav 1 Hold (on/off)

CTRL+N

Approach Mode (on/off)

CTRL+A

Back Course Mode (on/off)

CTRL+B

Localizer Hold (on/off)

CTRL+O

Attitude Hold (on/off)

CTRL+T

Increase Selection

= (EQUAL SIGN)

Increase Selection Slightly

SHIFT+= (EQUAL SIGN)

Decrease Selection Slightly

SHIFT+- (MINUS SIGN)

Decrease Selection

- (MINUS SIGN)

 

INSTRUMENT COMMANDS

Heading Indicator (reset)

D

Altimeter (reset)

B

Pitot Heat (on/off)

SHIFT+H

Increase Selection

=  (EQUAL SIGN)

Increase Selection Slightly

SHIFT+=  (EQUAL SIGN)

Decrease  Selection Slightly

SHIFT+-  (MINUS SIGN)

Decrease  Selection

-  (MINUS SIGN)

 

VIEW COMMANDS

2-D Cockpit (cycle panels)

W

Snap to Panel View

SHIFT+Num Pad 0

View (next category)

S

View (previous category)

SHIFT+S

View (next view in category)

A

View (previous view in category)

SHIFT+A

View (previous view toggle)

CTRL+S

View (default zoom)

BACKSPACE

Look (snap)

Num Pad

Look (pan)

Hat switch or thumbstick

Look (reset to forward view)

SHIFT+Num Pad DEL

Look Using Mouse (on)

Hold SPACEBAR

Look Using Mouse (on/off)

SHIFT+O

View (open new window)

[ (LEFT BRACKET)

View (close selected window)

] (RIGHT BRACKET)

View (open new top-down window)

SHIFT+] (RIGHT BRACKET)

Virtual Cockpit

F9

2-D Cockpit

F10

Locked Spot View

F11

Top-Down View

F12

2-D Panel Transparency

CTRL+SHIFT+T (+ or -)

Window (bring selected to front)

' (APOSTROPHE)

Zoom In

= (EQUAL SIGN)

Zoom Out

- (HYPHEN)

View (next window)

CTRL+TAB

View (previous window)

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Eyepoint (move back)

CTRL+ENTER

Eyepoint (move down)

SHIFT+BACKSPACE

Eyepoint (move forward)

CTRL+BACKSPACE

Eyepoint (move left)

CTRL+SHIFT+BACKSPACE

Eyepoint (move right)

CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

Eyepoint (move up)

SHIFT+ENTER

Eyepoint (reset)

CTRL+SPACE

 

SLEW COMMANDS

Slew to rapidly reposition your aircraft without flying in real time.

Slew Mode (on/off)

Y

Heading North/Attitude Level

CTRL+SPACEBAR

Freeze All Movement

Num Pad 5

Slew Forward

Num Pad 8

Slew Backward

Num Pad 2

Slew Left

Num Pad 4

Slew Right

Num Pad 6

Slew Up Slowly

Q or F3

Slew Up Quickly

F4

Slew Down Slowly

A

Slew Down Quickly

F1

Freeze Vertical Movement

F2

Rotate Left

Num Pad 1

Rotate Right

Num Pad 3

Pitch Nose Up

9

Pitch Nose Up Quickly

F5

Pitch Nose Down

F7 or 0

Pitch Nose Down Quickly

F8

Freeze Pitch

F6

Bank Left

Num Pad 7

Bank Right

Num Pad 9

 

MISSION COMMANDS

Compass/Pointer (on/off)

U

Compass Objective (next)

K

Compass Objective (previous)

SHIFT+K

 

MULTIPLAYER COMMANDS

Chat Window (display/hide)

CTRL+SHIFT+]

Chat Window (make active)

ENTER

Voice (start transmit)

CAPS LOCK

Voice (stop transmit)

^CAPS LOCK

Voice (start transmit to all)

SHIFT+CAPS LOCK

Voice (stop transmit to all)

^SHIFT+CAPS LOCK

Transfer/Accept Control

SHIFT+T

Follow Other Player

CTRL+SHIFT+F

To add or customize keyboard commands, on the Options menu, point to Controls, then click Buttons/Keys. To learn more, see the Using the Keyboard article in the Learning Center.

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14 comments... read them below

mikkelFri, 22 Aug 2014 18:00:13 GMT

i cannot move my frontwheel anymore. can anyone help me?

PaulSat, 31 May 2014 16:49:27 GMT

This is a remarkable service you have done. Thank you so much. So nicely organized and clearly laid out. Very useful. Again, THANK YOU paul......

Gary IrvineFri, 11 Oct 2013 04:56:12 GMT

SHIFT+ENTER does not move eye point up in FSX. Is there a way around this?

Pro MemberOTMANFri, 12 Aug 2011 22:23:11 GMT

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Is there a keyboard command for switching fro Nav to GPS as when doing a flight plan and having the plane track the course?

Pro Membereecee04Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:02:50 GMT
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
Pro Membercbunce322Wed, 04 Feb 2009 09:50:54 GMT
helps me a lot for shotcuts
Pro MemberTimmileyMon, 04 Aug 2008 15:23:07 GMT
THANKS A LOT FOR DOING THIS AND IT REALLY IS HELPFUL. I HOPE THAT ALL OF THE MEMBERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FILE AND USE EVERY COMMAND THAT IS AVAILABLE IN FLIGHT SIMULATOR X.
Pro MemberconticreativeTue, 10 Jun 2008 18:12:14 GMT
I love you! I have been looking for something like this for days now. Thank you!
Pro Memberjetguy99Sat, 26 Jan 2008 21:09:02 GMT
You are a god my friend. this has save my but soo many times.
Pro MemberAirAustinSat, 26 May 2007 16:56:57 GMT
It`s very useful, but I must say that there is a complete list of key commands in somewhere like the Learning Center of the game.
Pro MemberblademanSat, 03 Mar 2007 00:36:41 GMT
kool great for newbies just printed them and trimmed off excess paper . taped'em together as one page . hang it off to the side of screen.
Pro Member96EyesSat, 17 Feb 2007 21:02:01 GMT
Quite useful, even though you don't get any more info than you get in the Shift+F10 panel... BUT: you do get a chance to PRINT the list and save time going back and forth in panels while playing... Not bad at all, especially for newbies (like me) who don't know all the keys yet (does anyone--I wonder...)
Pro MemberlittlejoeFri, 19 Jan 2007 01:03:20 GMT
thanks for the DownLoad!
Pro MembercpscWed, 18 Oct 2006 15:12:34 GMT
Nice grid of the commands pretty much the same as in the game. Maybe if you would have added something to it that would be helpful. Or made it a PDF file or something with page breaks... but all and all thanks.

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