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Flight Simulator 2020 controls list: Keyboard and controller mappings

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 controls
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Looking for a full Microsoft Flight Simulator controls list? You’re here because you want to attempt the feat of powered flight using a mouse and keyboard, you absolute lunatic. Or even more daringly, with a flipping Xbox controller! Haven’t you seen how high up these things go? Alright, your funeral. 

Below you’ll find the complete list of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 keyboard controls, and those for a pad below that. Don’t be daunted by their volume, you only need a handful to pilot effectively, and a great many of them are about controlling the camera, with some to help you quickly engage Microsoft Flight Simulator's autopilot mode. Just click the menu on left to jump to the controls you want.

Microsoft Flight Simulator keyboard controls

Instruments and systems

Anti ice

  • Toggle Anti Ice: H
  • Toggle Pilot Heat: SHIFT + H

Electrics

  • Toggle Master Alternator: ALT + A
  • Toggle Master Battery: ALT + B
  • Toggle Master Battery & Alternator: SHIFT + M

Engine instruments

  • Decrease Cowl Flap: SHIFT + CTRL + C
  • Increase Cowl Flap: SHIFT + CTRL + V
  • Select Engine: E
  • Auto Start Engine: CTRL + E
  • Engine Autostop: SHIFT + CTRL + E
  • Magneto: M
  • Magnetos Both: SHIFT + ALT + F
  • Magnetos Left: SHIFT + ALT + S
  • Magnetos Off: SHIFT + ALT + Q
  • Magnetos Right: SHIFT + ALT + D
  • Magnetos Start: SHIFT + ALT + G
  • Toggle Master Ignition Switch: ALT + I

Flight instruments

  • Select Airspeed Bug: SHIFT + CTRL + R
  • Select Altitude Bug: SHIFT + CTRL + Z
  • Toggle Autorudder: SHIFT + CTRL + U
  • Set Altimeter: B
  • Decrease Heading Bug: CTRL + DEL
  • Increase Heading Bug: CTRL + INSERT
  • Select Heading Bug: SHIFT + CTRL + H
  • Set Heading Indicator: D
  • Toggle Alternate Static: ALT + S

Fuel

  • Toggle Fuel Dump: SHIFT + CTRL + D
  • Fuel Selector 1 All: ALT + W
  • Fuel Selector 1 Off: CTRL + ALT + W
  • Toggle All Fuel Valves: ALT + V

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Camera

Slew mode

  • Slew Translate Up (Slow): F3
  • Slew Translate Up (Fast): F4
  • Slew Translate Backward: NUM 2
  • Slew Translate Forward: NUM 8
  • Slew Translate Down (Fast): F1
  • Slew Translate Down (Slow): A
  • Slew Y-Axis Translation Freeze: F2
  • Slew Roll Left: NUM 7
  • Slew Roll Right: NUM 9
  • Slew X-Axis Translation Freeze: NUM 5
  • Slew Yaw Left: NUM 1
  • Slew Yaw Right: NUM 3
  • Slew Translate Left: NUM 4
  • Slew Pitch Down (Fast): F8
  • Slew Pitch Freeze: F6
  • Slew Pitch Down: NUM 0
  • Slew Pitch Up: 9
  • Slew Pitch Up (Fast): F5
  • Slew Pitch Up (Slow): F7
  • Slew Translate Right: NUM 6
  • Toggle Slew Mode: Y

Camera mode switches

  • Cockpit/External View Mode: END 
  • Toggle Drone: INSERT

Cockpit camera

  • Load Custom Camera 0: ALT + 0
  • Load Custom Camera 1: ALT + 1
  • Load Custom Camera 2: ALT + 2
  • Load Custom Camera 3: ALT + 3
  • Load Custom Camera 4: ALT + 4
  • Load Custom Camera 5: ALT + 5
  • Load Custom Camera 6: ALT + 6
  • Load Custom Camera 7: ALT + 7
  • Load Custom Camera 8: ALT + 8
  • Load Custom Camera 9: ALT + 9
  • Load Next Custom Camera: K
  • Load Previous Custom Camera: SHIFT + K 
  • Save Custom Camera 0: CTRL + ALT + 0
  • Save Custom Camera 1: CTRL + ALT + 1
  • Save Custom Camera 2: CTRL + ALT + 2
  • Save Custom Camera 3: CTRL + ALT + 3
  • Save Custom Camera 4: CTRL + ALT + 4
  • Save Custom Camera 5: CTRL + ALT + 5
  • Save Custom Camera 6: CTRL + ALT + 6
  • Save Custom Camera 7: CTRL + ALT + 7
  • Save Custom Camera 8: CTRL + ALT + 8
  • Save Custom Camera 9: CTRL + ALT + 9
  • Decrease Cockpit View Height: DOWN
  • Increase Cockpit View Height: UP
  • Translate Cockpit View Backward: RIGHT ALT + DOWN 
  • Translate Cockpit View Forward: RIGHT ALT + UP
  • Translate Cockpit View Left: LEFT
  • Translate Cockpit View Right: RIGHT
  • Cockpit Look Down: SHIFT + DOWN
  • Cockpit Look Left: SHIFT + LEFT
  • Cockpit Look Right: SHIFT + RIGHT
  • Cockpit Look Up: SHIFT + UP
  • Cockpit Quickview Up: CTRL + UP
  • Cockpit Quickview Rear: CTRL + DOWN
  • Cockpit Quickview Right: CTRL + RIGHT
  • Cockpit Quickview Left: CTRL + LEFT
  • Cockpit Quickview Cycle: Q
  • Reset Cockpit View: CTRL + Space / F
  • Cockpit View Upper: Space
  • Unzoom Cockpit View: -
  • Toggle Smart Camera: S
  • Zoom Cockpit View: =

Drone camera

  • Toggle Drone Depth Of Field: F1
  • Toggle Foreground Blur: F5
  • Drone Top Down View: CTRL + SPACE
  • Attach Drone To Next Target: CTRLl + PAGE UP
  • Attach Drone To Previous Target: CTRL + PAGE DOWN
  • Toggle Drone Auto Exposure: CTRL + F4
  • Toggle Drone Auto Focus: F4
  • Decrease Drone Rotation Speed: F3
  • Decrease Drone Translation Speed: F1
  • Decrease Drone Depth Of Field: F2
  • Increase Drone Depth Of Field: F3
  • Decrease Drone Exposure: CTRL + F2
  • Increase Drone Exposure: CTRL + F3
  • Increase Drone Rotation Speed: F4
  • Increase Drone Translation Speed: F2
  • Lock Drone To Next Target: T
  • Lock Drone To Previous Target: SHIFT + T
  • Translate Drone Backward: S
  • Translate Drone Down: F
  • Translate Drone Forward: W
  • Translate Drone Left: A
  • Translate Drone Right: D
  • Translate Drone Up: R
  • Reset Drone Roll: SPACE
  • Reset Drone Target Offset: NUM 5
  • Pitch Drone Down: NUM 2
  • Roll Drone Right: NUM 9
  • Pitch Drone Up: NUM 8
  • Yaw Drone Left: NUM 4
  • Yaw Drone Right: NUM 6
  • Roll Drone Left: NUM 7
  • Toggle Drone Follow Mode: TAB
  • Toggle Drone Lock Mode: CTRL + TAB
  • Increase Drone Zoom: NUM PLUS
  • Decrease Drone Zoom: NUM SUB
  • Toggle Plane Controls: C

External camera

  • Reset External View: CTRL + SPACE / F
  • External Quickview Left: CTRL + LEFT
  • External Quickview Rear: CTRL + DOWN
  • External Quickview Right: CTRL + RIGHT
  • External Quickview Top: CTRL + UP
  • Unzoom External View: -
  • Zoom External View: =

Fixed camera

  • Toggle Fixed Camera 10: CTRL + SHIFT + 0
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 1: CTRL + SHIFT + 1
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 2: CTRL + SHIFT + 2
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 3: CTRL + SHIFT + 3
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 4: CTRL + SHIFT + 4
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 5: CTRL + SHIFT + 5
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 6: CTRL + SHIFT + 6
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 7: CTRL + SHIFT + 7
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 8: CTRL + SHIFT + 8
  • Toggle Fixed Camera 9: CTRL + SHIFT + 9
  • Reset Fixed Camera:
  • Previous Fixed Camera: SHIFT + A
  • Next Fixed Camera: A

Instrument views

  • Previous Instrument View: SHIFT + A
  • Next Instrument View: A
  • Toggle Instrument View 10: CTRL + 0
  • Toggle Instrument View 1: CTRL + 1
  • Toggle Instrument View 2: CTRL + 2
  • Toggle Instrument View 3: CTRL + 3
  • Toggle Instrument View 4: CTRL + 4
  • Toggle Instrument View 5: CTRL + 5
  • Toggle Instrument View 6: CTRL + 6
  • Toggle Instrument View 7: CTRL + 7
  • Toggle Instrument View 8: CTRL + 8
  • Toggle Instrument View 9: CTRL + 9
  • Select Next POI: PGUP
  • Reset Smartcam: CTRL + F
  • Set Custom Smartcam Target: T
  • Next Smartcam Target: PGUP + CTRL
  • Camera AI Player: HOME + CTRL
  • Previous Smartcam Target: PGDOWN + CTRL
  • Toggle Follow Smartcam Target: PGDOWN
  • Unset Custom Smartcam Target: SHIFT + T

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Autopilot

  • Autopilot Airspeed Hold: Alt + R
  • Decrease Autopilot Reference Altitude: CTRL + PGDOWN
  • Increase Autopilot Reference Altitude: CTRL + PGUP
  • Toggle Autopilot Approach Hold: CTRL + A
  • Toggle Autopilot Attitude Hold: CTRL + T
  • Toggle Autopilot Localizer Hold: CTRL + O
  • Toggle Autopilot Mach Hold: CTRL + M
  • Toggle Autopilot Master: Z
  • Autopilot N1 Hold: CTRL + S
  • Decrease Autopilot N1 Reference: CTRL + END
  • Increase Autopilot N1 Reference: CTRL + HOME
  • Autopilot Nav1 Hold: CTRL + N
  • Decrease Autopilot Reference Airspeed: SHIFT + CTRL + DEL
  • Increase Autopilot Reference Airspeed: SHIFT + CTRL + INSERT
  • Decrease Autopilot Reference VS: CTRL + END
  • Increase Autopilot Reference VS: CTRL + HOME
  • Toggle Autopilot Wing Leveler: CTRL + V
  • Autopilot Off: SHIFT + ALT + Z
  • Autopilot On: ALT + Z
  • Arm Auto Throttle: SHIFT + R
  • Auto Throttle To GA: SHIFT + CTRL + G
  • Toggle Avionics Master: PGUP
  • Toggle Flight Director: CTRL + F
  • Toggle Yaw Damper: CTRL + D

Brakes

  • Brakes: NUM DECIMAL
  • Left Brake: NUMMULT
  • Right Brake: NUM SUB
  • Toggle Parking Brakes: CTRL + NUM DECIMAL

Flight control surfaces

Primary control surfaces

  • Aileron Left (Roll Left): NUM 4
  • Aileron Right (Roll Right): NUM 6
  • Center Ailer Rudder: NUM 5
  • Elevator Down (Pitch Down): NUM 8
  • Elevator Up (Pitch Up): NUM 2
  • Toggle Water Rudder: CTRL + W
  • Rudder Left (Yaw Left): NUM 0
  • Rudder Right (Yaw Right): ENTER

Secondary control surfaces

  • Decrease Flaps: F6
  • Extends Flaps: F8
  • Increase Flaps: F7
  • Retract Flaps: F5
  • Toggle Spoilers: NUM DIVIDE

Control trimming surfaces

  • Aileron Trim Left: CTRL + NUM 4
  • Aileron Trim Right: CTRL + NUM 6
  • Rudder Trim Left: CTRL + NUM 0
  • Rudder Trim Right: CTRL + Enter
  • Elevator Trim Down (Nose Down): NUM 7
  • Elevator Trim Up (Nose Up): NUM 1

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Landing gear

  • Toggle Landing Gear: G
  • Gear Down: CTRL + G
  • Toggle Tail Wheel Lock: SHIFT + G

Lights

Exterior lights

  • Toggle Landing Lights: CTRL + I
  • Landing Lights Down: SHIFT + CTRL + NUM 2
  • Landing Light Home: SHIFT + CTRL + NUM 5
  • Landing Light Left: SHIFT + CTRL + NUM 4
  • Landing light Right: SHIFT + CTRL + NUM 6
  • Landing light Up: SHIFT + CTRL + NUM 8
  • Toggle Strobes: O
  • Toggle Beacon Light: ALT + H
  • Toggle Nav Light: ALT + N
  • Toggle Taxi Lights: ALT + J

Interior lights

  • Toggle Flashlight: Alt + l
  • Toggle Lights: l

Menu

  • Toggle Active Pause: PAUSE
  • Toggle Basic Control Panel: CTRL + C
  • Clear Search: DEL
  • Toggle Pause: ESC
  • Select 1: Alt + F1
  • Select 2: Alt + F2
  • Select 3: Alt + F3
  • Select 4: Alt + F4
  • Display Checklist: SHIFT + C
  • Next Toolbar Panel: .
  • Previous Toolbar Panel: /
  • Back To Main Menu: END
  • Close Menu: BACKSPACE
  • Fly: ENTER
  • Change Aircraft: F11
  • Liveries: F12
  • See Specifications: F10
  • Help Menu: TAB 
  • Restart Free Flight: HOME
  • Restart Activity: HOME

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Power management

Mixture

  • Decrease Mixture: SHIFT + CTRL + F2
  • Increase Mixture (Small): SHIFT + CTRL + F3
  • Set Mixture Lean: SHIFT + CTRL + F1
  • Set Mixture Rich: SHIFT + CTRL + F4

Propeller

  • Decrease Propeller Pitch: CTRL + F2
  • Propeller Pitch Hi: CTRL + F4
  • Increase Propeller Pitch: CTRL + F3
  • Propeller Pitch Lo: CTRL + F1

Throttle

  • Throttle Cut: F1
  • Decrease Throttle: F2
  • Increase Throttle: F3

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Radio

ADF/Comms

  • ADF: SHIFT + CTRL + A
  • Com Radio: C
  • Set Com1 Standby: SHIFT + ALT + X
  • Com1 Switch To Standby: ALT + U

DME

  • DME: F

NAV

  • Decrease NAV1 Frequency (Fract, Carry): SHIFT + CTRL + PGDOWN
  • Increase NAV1 Frequency (Fract, Carry): SHIFT + CTRL + PGUP
  • NAV1 Swap: SHIFT + CTRL + N
  • NAV Radio: N

VOR

  • Decrease VOR1 OBS: SHIFT + CTRL + END
  • Increase VOR1 OBS: SHIFT + CTRL + HOME
  • VOR OBS: SHIFT + V

XPNDR

  • Transponder: T
  • Set Transponder: SHIFT + ALT + W
  • Display ATC: Scroll Lock
  • ATC Panel Choice 0: 0
  • ATC Panel Choice 1: 1
  • ATC Panel Choice 2: 2
  • ATC Panel Choice 3: 3
  • ATC Panel Choice 4: 4
  • ATC Panel Choice 5: 5
  • ATC Panel Choice 6: 6
  • ATC Panel Choice 7: 7
  • ATC Panel Choice 8: 8
  • ATC Panel Choice 9: 9
  • Frequency Swap: X
  • Increase Wheel Speed: SHIFT

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Miscellaneous

  • Toggle Fuel Pump: ALT + P
  • Toggle Marker Sound: CTRL + 3
  • Minus: CTRL + NUM SUB 
  • Plus: CTRL + NUM PLUS
  • Toggle Pushback: SHIFT + P
  • Request Fuel: SHIFT + F
  • Display Navlog: N
  • Display Map: V
  • Sim Rate: R
  • Skip RTC: BACKSPACE
  • New UI Window Mode: RIGHT ALT
  • Toggle Delegate Control To Copilot: CTRL + ALT + X

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Controller

Microsoft Flight Simulator controller controls

Slew mode

  • Slew Translate Backward: LS down
  • Slew Translate Forward: LS up
  • Slew Translate Down: LT
  • Slew Translate Up: RT
  • Slew Yaw Left: RS right
  • Slew Yaw Right: RS left
  • Slew Translate Left: LS right
  • Slew Pitch Down: RS up
  • Slew Pitch Up: RS down
  • Slew Translate Right: LS left

Camera mode switches

  • Cockpit/exteral view mode: select

Cockpit camera

  • Cockpit Look Down: RS down
  • Cockpit Look Left: RS left
  • Cockpit Look Right: RS right
  • Cockpit Look Up: RS up
  • Cockpit Quickview Right: DPAD right
  • Cockpit Quickview Left: DPAD left
  • Reset Cockpit View: RS
  • Previous Pilot Position: DPAD down
  • Next Pilot Position: DPAD up
  • Toggle Smart Camera: X

Drone camera

  • Toggle Drone Depth Of Field: B+Y
  • Toggle Foreground Blur: B+DPAD LEFT
  • Drone Top Down View: X+Y
  • Toggle Drone Auto Exposure: Y+LS
  • Toggle Drone Auto Focus: B+LS
  • Decrease Drone Rotation Speed: X+RB
  • Decrease Drone Translation Speed: X+RT
  • Decrease Drone Depth Of Field: B+LT
  • Increase Drone Depth Of Field: B+RT
  • Decrease Drone Exposure: Y+LB
  • Increase Drone Exposure: Y+RB
  • Increase Drone Rotation Speed: X+LB
  • Increase Drone Translation Speed: X+LT
  • Translate Drone Backward: LS down
  • Translate Drone Down: LT
  • Translate Drone Forward: LS up
  • Translate Drone Left: LS left
  • Translate Drone Right: LS right
  • Translate Drone Up: RT
  • Reset Drone Roll: RB+LB
  • Reset Drone Target Offset: X+A
  • Pitch Drone Down: RS down
  • Roll Drone Right: RB
  • Pitch Drone Up: RS up
  • Yaw Drone Left: RS left
  • Yaw Drone Right: RS right
  • Roll Drone Left: LB
  • Toggle Drone Follow Mode: RS
  • Toggle Drone Lock Mode: LS
  • Increase Drone Zoom: Y+RT
  • Decrease Drone Zoom: Y+LT

External camera

  • Reset External View: RS
  • External View Look Down: RS down
  • External View Look Left: RS left
  • External View Look Right: RS right
  • External Quickview Left: DPAD right
  • External Quickview Rear: DPAD down 
  • External Quickview Right: DPAD left
  • External Quickview Top: DPAD up

Fixed camera

  • Next fixed camera: DPAD right

Instrument views

  • Previous Instrument View: DPAD left
  • Next Instrument View: DPAD right

Brakes

  • Brakes: Y
  • Toggle Parking Brakes: Y+B

Primary control surfaces

  • Ailerons Axis: LS left/right
  • Elevator Axis: LS up/down
  • Rudder Left (Yaw Left): LT
  • Rudder Right (Yaw Right): RT

Secondary control surfaces

  • Decrease Flaps: LB
  • Increase Flaps: RB

Control trimming surfaces

  • Rudder Trim Left: Y+DPAD left
  • Rudder Trim Right: Y+DPAD right
  • Elevator Trim Down (Nose Down): Y+DPAD up
  • Elevator Trim Up (Nose Up): Y+DPAD down

Landing gear

  • Toggle Landing Gear: LS

Menu

  • Clear Search: Select
  • Toggle Pause: Start
  • Back To Main Menu: Y
  • Close Menu: B
  • Fly: Start
  • Change Aircraft: X
  • Liveries: Select
  • See Specifications: Y
  • Help Menu: LS
  • Restart Free Flight: X
  • Restart Activity: X

Power management

  • Decrease Throttle: B
  • Increase Throttle: A