DayZ Keyboard Controls & Hotkeys

DayZ: Keyboard Controls & Hotkeys

The post-soviet country of Chernarus is struck by an unknown virus, turning the majority population into frenzied infected. Fighting over resources has bred a hostile mentality among survivors, driving what’s left of humanity to collapse. You are one of the few immune to the virus – how far will you go to survive?

DayZ: Keyboard Controls & Hotkeys

Before jumping into the game, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the basic controls including the ability to move your character and interact with your environment. You can access these key assignments by visiting the Controls section of the Configuration menu, which you can from the in-game menu using the ESC key or from the game’s main menu. Additional controls can be accessed via the drop-down menu at the top of the key assignment screen. You can reconfigure the controls based on your own personal preferences. The tables below show the default key assignments for the game.


Basic game controls (outdated)
W / UpMove Forward
S / DownMove Backward
A / LeftStrafe Left
D / RightStrafe Right
QLean Left (double-tap to toggle)
ELean Right (double-tap to toggle)
L CtrlWalk/Jog (hold for temporary; double-tap to toggle)
L. ShiftRun (hold for temporary)
C hold/pushStand
C pushCrouch
C holdProne


TabToggle Inventory Screen
~Toggle Hotbar (Hide/View)
0 to 9Hotkey Slots
Right Mouse ButtonLower/Raise Item in Hands
GThrow Item in Hands
Left Mouse ButtonFlashlight On/Off
Alt or *Free Look
Enter or VToggle Between 1st Person (1PP) and 3rd Person (3PP) Perspectives
Middle Mouse ButtonZoom (Hold)
Scroll WheelView Available Actions
Left Mouse ButtonUse / Action


Left Mouse ButtonFire Weapon (Firearms) / Swing Weapon (Melee)
Right Mouse Button (Stable branch)L. Shift or Middle Mouse Button (Experimental branch)Use Optics
L. Ctrl(Hold)Hold Breath
RChamber New Round (weapon)
XToggle Weapon Firing Mode
Right Mouse ButtonRaise Weapon
Ctrl + Space (Stable branch)Toggle Raise Weapon
Page UpZeroing – Up
Page DownZeroing – Down


W / UpAccelerate
S / DownSlow Down
A / LeftTurn Left
D / RightTurn Right
QShift Down One Gear
EShift Up One Gear
L. ShiftTurbo


/Use Text Chat
Caps LockHold to speak in voice chat. Double-tap to toggle voice chat on/off.
F2Hands Up (Wave) (Stable branch)
F3Sit Down (Stable branch)Heart (Experimental branch)
F4Frig off
F5Surrender (Stable branch)
F6Point (Stable branch)Magnifique (Experimental branch)
F7Thumbs Up (Stable branch)Point (Experimental branch)
F8Facepalm (Stable branch)Taunt elbow (Experimental branch)
F9Silent (Stable branch)Thumbs Up (Experimental branch)

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