Microsoft Flight Simulator – Controls (PC + Xbox)

This guide contains a complete list of Microsoft Flight Simulator controls!

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

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: F 
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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