Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac OS X users: In windowed mode, F12 and F11 may be intercepted by the desktop, so you may need to combine them with the Cmd key, for instance Cmd+F12 to toggle menu mode. With a laptop, you may even need to combine this with the Fn key, depending on your setup.

  • F12 – Enter/exit menu mode. See notes for laptop and Mac OS X users below.
  • F12 + QQuit the emulator.
  • F12 + GRelease/capture mouse and keyboard input grab. Clicking the middle moue button will also release input grab.
  • F12 + F – Toggle full-screen mode.
  • F12 + Z or F11 – Cycle through zoom modes.
  • F12 + B – Toggle border display, zooming out a little bit to reveal more of the display.
  • F12 + S or Print Scrn – Save a screenshot of the current Amiga frame to the desktop.
  • F12 + R – Soft reset.
  • F12 + THard reset.
  • F12 + AFreeze button for use with Action Replay.
  • F12 + D – Activate debugger (console only).
  • F12 + M to mute the sound.
  • F12 + W to toggle warp mode (no frame limit, no audio). This does not affect the emulation accuracy, it only removes the pauses between generating frames.
  • F12 + Comma to decrease the volume.
  • F12 + Period to increase the volume.
  • F12 + P or Pause/Break key to pause the emulation.

Laptop users: Depending on your laptop, you may need to combine the above keyboard shortcuts with the Fn key, or toggle the F-Lock key first. Worst case is Mac laptop where you may need to press Fn+Cmd+Key.

For all shortcuts where F12 is combined with another key, you can also use F11 instead. Example: F11+Q will also quit the emulator.

Emulating a Joystick or Gamepad via the Keyboard

See Keyboard Input.

Additional Shortcuts

The following shortcuts work, but you should be aware that the Alt key press will be sent to the emulated Amiga before you have completed the shortcut combination, so the key press may have side effects on the emulated Amiga:

  • Alt+Tab (or Cmd+Tab) – Switch to another window / release input grab.
  • Alt+F4 – Quit the emulator.
  • Alt+Enter (or Cmd+Enter) – Toggle fullscreen mode.
  • Ctrl+F10 – Toggle performance graphs / FPS display (There are two FPS numbers shown, SYS: actual video output frame rate. EMU: emulated video frame rate).

Additional Shortcuts in Net Play Mode

The following shortcuts will only have an special effect while in net play mode:

  • Tab – toggle chat function.

75 thoughts on “Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. The f12 key isnt opening the menu, is there any way to fix this?
    BTW I’m running fs-UAE on a dell laptop running Xubuntu.

  2. Hi – could you please free up the alt-key completely for the amiga programs themselves, i.e. not use it in any combination for the emulator? Some Amiga games need the alt-key and cannot be played properly right now (e.g. Silent Service II). Second, a shortcut for kicking a disk out and pushing it in again would be nice, since some Amiga games at least one Amiga game (Railroad Tycoon) needs this, if you want to save the game.

    • I already answered this, see your previous question (also, if you provided a real e-mail addresses, you would have gotten an e-mail notification about the answer…)

  3. Hi, I use WinUAE to play some of my old Amiga music demos, but the Function keys don’t work. If I press F5 (for example) on my keyboard, it doesn’t press F5 in the demo. Have I got a setup wrong?
    My WinUAE version is 3.6.1, running on Windows 10.
    Thanks 🙂

  4. What is the default for Action Reply freeze ?

    doesn’t work anymore now fs-uae has been t did work fine previously..

    Must you now have modifier key in config ? As happens, when you issue the commands (by default) F12+A (or fn+F12+A) on Mac OS, all it does it just “fits to window” removing 4:3 black bars. on new stable version.

  5. Hello! I would like to use Windows key in the same way as the default F12. That means:

    Windows – Enter/exit menu mode.
    Windows+ Q – Quit the emulator.
    Windows+ F – Toggle full-screen mode.
    …. and so on

    Is that possible? Thanks!

      • Thanks! It seems to work like a charm, except that just pressing Windows key (with no other key) does not open the action menu. Yet, great solution! Thanks!

  6. Hello,
    I don’t know if this is the correct place to ask but here is my issue.
    On a laptop I am running Amilator/FS-UAE. Two different configs : OS 1.3 & OS 3.9.
    What I don’t understand is the following :
    – On OS 1.3 the arrows keys cannot be used natively, I have to press first the modifier key.
    – In the other hand, on OS 3.9 the arrows keys can be used natively (without pressing the modifier key).
    Both configs are the same (except for the HardFile and ROM image).

    I would be please to use the arrow keys on OS 1.3 without pressing the modifier key (as with OS 3.9). How can this be achieved ?

    • Hi, please check the joystick port settings. The most common reason for arrow/cursor keys not working is because they are used for joystick emulation. Please sure that “Keyboard” is not being used for any of the joystick ports. Either set joystick port to none, insert “nothing” into the ports, or plug in a real gamepad/joystick.

      • Thank you for your answer. You did a perfect hit with it.
        The joystick emulation was effectively turned on (I don’t know how as there is no options regarding this in my OS 1.3 configuration file) and now that I turned it off, the arrow keys can be used natively without pressing the modifier key first !
        Thank you. 🙂

      • Thank you for your answer.
        i have added the entry ” joystick_port_1_mode = nothing ” in my configuration file and now the arrow keys can be used without pressing the modifier key. 🙂

  7. So pressing Alt on my laptop should trigger an Alt press on the Amiga? It’s not happening as far as I can tell, but Ubuntu’s Unity does grab Alt for the HUD so maybe that’s causing the problem.

    • That could be, try in fullscreen to avoid desktop’s intercepting the keys. But also, Alt is used as the shortcut modifier key, so you need to press Alt+K to enable full keyboard emulation, then Alt will work as expected (F12+K to go back). There is an option to start with full keyboard emulation enabled on startup if you prefer (full_keyboard = 1).

    • Full Keyboard Emulation solves the problem. But then I can’t find a way to go fullscreen. Is it possible to do both? 🙂

  8. Is there a way to map something from a joystick to quit fs uae? or do I need to map that in the OS and have a dedicated button for alt-F4?

    • You can add something like this to a config or advanced settings in FS-UAE Launcher:
      joystick_0_button_0 = action_quit

  9. Hi,
    Is there a way to remap the F12 key? The reason for that is I don’t have F11 and F12 on my keyboard (F1 ~ F10 only).
    I’m using linux, so probably I can play around with the system. Still, if the FS-UAE offers this it would be more convenient.


    • Hi, if you upgrade to the development version, the default modifier key is now (Left) Alt (in addition, F12 still works).

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