FS-UAE Menu and Interface

Information about using the FS-UAE interface.


While running the emulator, you press F12 to enter and exit the FS-UAE menu. From here, you can load and save states, swap floppy disks and change input options.

On Mac OS X, you can use Cmd+F12 instead if the F12 triggers the OS X Dashboard or possibly even Fn+Cmd+F12 if the F-keys are used for special keys. For many laptop models, you need to press Fn+F12 or toggle the F-Lock key before you can use F12 alone.

With gamepads, you enter the menu either by using the dedicated “menu” button, if the gamepad has one, or you press and hold “start” and “select” at the same time (or equivalent buttons). You use the same key/button to dismiss the menu.

In the menu, you use the following keys for navigation:

  • Cursor keys
  • Enter (choose item, enter sub-menu)
  • Back-space (leave sub-menu)

With gamepads, you can use either the hat or the primary analog stick for navigation. You choose items and enter sub-menus with the “primary” button on the game pad. This is generally the “south” button on the right side of the controller. The back button is the “east” button (similar to the standard navigation on Xbox 360).

2 thoughts on “FS-UAE Menu and Interface

  1. I’m running fs-uae on a crouton chromebook (yakkety ubuntu). As such, I have no Fn key and no F12 key. I have F1 – F10. Is there a way to change the key binding for the fs-uae menu?

    • Fortunately yes. Add this to advanced settings in FS-UAE Launcher: keyboard_key_f10 = action_menu 🙂

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