Keyboard shortcuts

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Cheat sheet for using the most common keyboard shortcuts.

Note  As keyboard bindings can differ from aircraft to aircraft, some of these shortcuts may be different than showed below
Tip  If you so wish you can also customize keyboard bindings

Keyboard bindings


Key combination Action
/ Show property browser
? Show current aircraft specific help
: vi-like multikey commands
, Apply left brakes
. Apply right brakes
Shift+M Show map
Ctrl+C Toggle clickable panel hotspots
Esc Quit FlightGear
H Cycle through HUD styles
Shift+H Cycle through HUD brightnesses
F3 Print screen
F10 Toggle menubar visibility
F11 Open autopilot dialog
F12 Open radio settings dialog
P Pause/continue sim
Shift+P Toggle 2D panel
Shift+Esc Reset FlightGear
Shift+F1 Load flight
Shift+F2 Save flight
Shift+F5 Scroll 2D panel down
Shift+F6 Scroll 2D panel up
Shift+F7 Scroll 2D panel left
Shift+F8 Scroll 2D panel right
Shift+F10 Cycle through GUI styles


Key combination Action
Ctrl+X Reset zoom to default
V Next view
Shift+V Previous view
X Zoom in
Shift+X Zoom out
Z Increase visibility
Shift+Z Decrease visibility
Ctrl+R Instant replay


Key combination Action
} } } s Start a propeller engine ("}" x3 to set magneto, then hold "s" to start)
/ Show property browser
B Apply all brakes
Shift+B Toggle parking brake(s)
G Gear up
Shift+G Gear down
J Spoilers/air brake down
K Spoilers/air brake up
[ Flaps up
] Flaps down


Key combination Action
Ctrl+A Altitude lock
Ctrl+H Heading lock
Ctrl+G Glideslope lock
Ctrl+N NAV1 lock
Ctrl+P Pitch hold
Ctrl+S Autothrottle
Ctrl+T Terrain lock
Ctrl+W Wing level
F6 Heading lock

See also