How do you have your keyboard and mouse buttons set up in games?



New Member
I am still a dinosaur who plays with a joystick and the keyboard but I have lately been considering switching to a mouse and keyboard, so my question is, how do you have your buttons set up? Or do you just leave the default settings?

I realize there are many different ways to do it, I'm just trying to get some ideas going.


Why am I still doing up?
It's a matter of personal preference; I still use the same basic config since the days of Doom. People think I have a bad/weird setup but it works for me.

mb1 fire
mb2 walk forward
mousewheel cycle weapons

x - strafe left
c - strafe right
(keys around those above bound to specific weapons)
space jump
alt duck
shift use item

Unfortunately now I have a flavor of CTS on my left hand so my pinky is numb (sometimes have problems hitting shift, a, z keys).


Still here!
mb1 fire, mb3 (wheel) next weapon, F =forward, B=back, C= crouch, U=use, R=run, Z=slide left, X=slide right, Space Bar=jump etc etc, depends on game but mostly this setup .DD.


New Member
most games:

A: step left
D: step right
S: strafe
X: step back
F: cycle weapon
Q: activate item
W: cycle items
C: crouch
space: jump
right mouse: forward (run)
left mouse: fire
mouse: mouselook

and/also for Unreal:

middle mouse: alternate fire
shift: walk
all movement keys set for dodging
G: feign death
B: say
P: suicide
# pad keys set for admin bindings/summons


Master Of Disguise
My favorite config is as follows:

MB1 = Fire
MB2 = Next Weapon
MB3 = Alt. Fire
Up = Walk Forward
Down = Walk Backwards
Left = Strafe Left
Right = Strafe Right
Shift = Use Items
Ctrl = Jump
0 (Num Pad) = Crouch
PageDown = Reload

--The rest are usually left as defaults
--It pretty cool because the games I play usually need all of the same type of settings so I try to follow above...


New Member
E = Forward
W = Back
A = Strafe left
F = Strafe Right
SPACE = Jump
Wheel = Next/Prev Weapon
M1 = Fire
M2 = Alt Fire
M3 = Use Item
C = Crouch

Now, if only I can figure out how to get those thumb buttons to work in Quake3...


New Member
Forward: w
Back: s
Left: a
Right: d

MB1: Fire
MB2: Alternate Fire (Hey, I'm playing CounterStrike!)

Crouch: q
Roger Wilco: CRTL


New Member
Forward : W
Back : S
Step Left : A
Step Right : D
Crouch : C
Jump : Space
Walk/Run : L Shift
MB1 : Fire
MB2 : Use
MB3 : Alt Fire
MWheel : Next/Prev Weapon
Invert Mouse : On

This is the only way i use the mouse/keyboard, and it's perfect for Q3!!

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New Member
Forward : W
Back : S
Step Left : A
Step Right : D
Crouch : C
Jump : Space
Walk/Run : L Shift
MB1 : Fire
MB2 : Use
MB3 : Alt Fire
Invert Mouse : On
=Very high frags

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Adrenelin, a.d. 2000


New Member
I notice alot of people use the Space Bar for jump, but i personally use my buttons like so:
A-Left strafe
D-Right strafe
S-back pedal
Space-Alt Fire
MWheel-Cycle Weapons
F-Use Item

i find i get confused if i put both fire buttons too close so i have my fire buttons seperated by hand lol


New Member
L - next weapon
; - walk forward
. - walk back
, - left strafe
/ - right strafe
r/shift - crouch
' - jump
space - open/use
mouse - up/down...left/right
left mouse button - fire
right mouse button - open/use
middle mouse button - random motion (middle finger/mooning opponents/yelling obseneties)
Luis G

Luis G

Natural Disaster
I like this configuration for 1st person games (like q3a, etc), i get use to it since the days of wolf3d/doom

CTRL - fire
ALT - Strafe
SPACE - Jump
A - Look down
Z - Look up (i like airplane style)
End - Center Look
X - C - Crouch
Shift - Walk/Run
Enter - Activate/Use
Tab - Map/info

I also like tomb raider configuration for those games in which you see the guy/girl.

For car games, ALT gear up, CTRL gear down, SPACE handbreak.

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[This message has been edited by Luis G (edited 09-02-2000).]


Silent & Cool.....

If you are planing on changing to a mouse keyboard config, (and I recomend it) It may take a while to get used to but is the best way for FPS at least.

I recommend a Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer although pricey I wouldn't swap it for anything, no mouse mat required and smooooth!! Get one from a 30day no questions money back store so you can see what I mean just incase you don't like it,

My general FPS key/ Mouse set-up:-

Forward = Mouse 1
Backward = L Alt
left = Z
Right = X
Jump = space
crouch = L Ctrl
Primary fire = Mouse 2
secondary fire = Mouse 3 (wheel button)
weapon up and down = wheel up & down

Others vary depending on the game interface.

Igor M

New Member
I prefer to use keys of Number Pad and operate them with left hand (in some games some buttons can differ however):

Up: Forward
Down: Backward
End: Strafe left
PgDn: Strafe right
PgUp: Open/Use
Del: Run/Walk
/: Next weapon
Home: Previous weapon
*: Use item
5: Draw weapon (if available)

MB1: Fire
MB2: Crouch
MB3: Jump

Good luck, Igor


Can you smell burning?
IMHO this is the best way.

W: foward
S: back
A: sidestep left
D: sidestep right
Q: lean left
E: lean right
R: reload
F: use item
X: drop item
Shift: crouch
Space: jump
Mouse1: fire
Mouse3: alt fire
Mouse2: zoom
Wheel up/down: change weapon/item etc.
Invert mouse and mouse look.

Everything is within reach, you can steer while crouching or jumping.
Numbered keys arent too far away for weapon selection.

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Ex pert
Mouselook is ON (definate necessity!)
Mouse1-IndexFinger Fire
Mouse3-MiddleFinger Jump/Fly
Mouse2-LeftFinger Crouch/Grapple/Alt-Fire, depending on game and/or class

For movement, I use the arrow keys (I know, I know, but I'm used to it

Arrow up/down, forward back
Arrow left/right, strafe left right

Insert- Secondary Weapon
Home- Primary Weapon
PgUp- Mellee weapon
Delete- Grenade 1/tertiary weapon
End- Grenade 2/alternate weapon
PgDn- Grenade 3/alternate weapon

RShift- jump
/- crouch
p - primary special
l - secondary special
k - tertiary special/special toggles
t- talk
y- team talk

numeric keypad- Comms

Then various keys for various stuff, but the above are my easy keys.