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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide by gamepressure.com

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

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Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 guide, tips

On this page, you will learn everything there is to know about controls in Microsoft Flight Simulator. We show you precise instructions on how to assign your set of keys and buttons. We present all keys and default settings for the most important buttons.

The control options menu in flight simulators can give you a little shock. Developers typically allow the game to be integrated from the ground up with home-built cockpits built by enthusiasts, which, like a real plane, have hundreds of different switches.

For this reason, we can also find hundreds of items in the key assignment menu that will not fit on a regular keyboard in any way. Fortunately, the authors of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 divided the menu into useful categories, and further into subcategories, which can still be easily filtered, so that at the same time we see only the necessary combinations on the screen. We don't need most of them anyway. Without a home cockpit, we will operate them by clicking on the correct switch in the cockpit.

Depending on what hardware you have, the game will assign buttons to it by default according to certain patterns. Virtually all controllers, joysticks, HOTAS sets with throttles, and separate pedals are recognized, so even the default settings should be quite convenient to use and easy to remember. However, you can always create your new control profile and improve the scheme to your taste.

Consider that in general, it is not possible to fly solely with the gamepad. You must have a mouse and a keyboard somewhere at the ready.

When multiple devices are connected at once, such as the controller, joystick, throttle, pedals, and especially when they are constantly disconnected and re-connected to USB ports, conflicts can occur. Certain functions on the plane may then behave strangely or not work at all. In such cases, you need to remove the assignment from unnecessary controllers and leave it on only one that we will use for this function.

The game itself detects the equipment we have. - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide
The game itself detects the equipment we have.

Keybinds - PC keyboard

1 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide2 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide3 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideRoll, Pitch - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Roll, Pitch

- NUMERIC KEYS

4 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideYaw - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Yaw

- NUMERIC KEYS

Camera Control - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Camera Control

Rudder Trimmer: Nose Down - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Rudder Trimmer: Nose Down

- NUMERIC KEYS

Rudder Trimmer: Nose Up - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Rudder Trimmer: Nose Up

- NUMERIC KEYS

Increase Throttle - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Increase Throttle

Reduce Throttle - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Reduce Throttle

Landing Gear - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Landing Gear

5 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideFlaps - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Flaps

Wheel Brakes - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Wheel Brakes

- NUMERIC KEYS

6 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide7 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide Autopilot - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Autopilot

8 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide Parking Brake - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Parking Brake

- NUMERIC KEYS

Active Pause - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Active Pause

Third Person Camera - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Third Person Camera

Drone Camera - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Drone Camera

9 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideAutostart Engines - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Autostart Engines

10 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideCockpit Camera Reset - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Cockpit Camera Reset

Useful keyboard shortcuts

11 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuidePushback - towing from terminal to taxiway - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Pushback - towing from terminal to taxiway

12 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideFuel - ask for fuel tank to refuel your aircraft - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Fuel - ask for fuel tank to refuel your aircraft

GPS map - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

GPS map

13 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideAutostart engines - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Autostart engines

Altimeter calibration - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Altimeter calibration

Calibration of the course indicator - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Calibration of the course indicator

External camera - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

External camera

14 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideReset cockpit camera - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Reset cockpit camera

Cockpit camera up - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Cockpit camera up

15 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideFlashlight - a flashlight in the cockpit - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Flashlight - a flashlight in the cockpit

Controls - Xbox One controller

Roll, Pitch - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Roll, Pitch

16 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideYaw - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Yaw

Camera Control - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Camera Control

17 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideRudder Trimmer: Nose Down - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Rudder Trimmer: Nose Down

18 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideRudder Trimmer: Nose Up - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Rudder Trimmer: Nose Up

Increase Throttle - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Increase Throttle

Reduce Throttle - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Reduce Throttle

Landing Gear - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Landing Gear

19 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideFlaps - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Flaps

Wheel Brakes - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Wheel Brakes

20 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 GuideDisplay Cockpit - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Display Cockpit

21 - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide Parking Brake - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Parking Brake

Cockpit Camera Reset - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Cockpit Camera Reset

Third Person Camera - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Third Person Camera

Options Menu - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Options Menu

Smart Camera - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Smart Camera

Controls sensitivity adjustment

With the joysticks of reputable companies you will not normally experience this problem, but if you use a controller (a regular gamepad), to control the plane, it will not work very well on the default settings. Any volant motion will cause the aircraft to react violently and overreact to rudder tilting.

This can be adjusted by reducing the sensitivity of the controller's analog sticks.

Go to the Options and the Controls menu next. Select Primary Control Surfaces and left stick assignment. In the top left corner you will find an additional Sensitivity option. Click it.

In the sensitivity menu, reduce the LS X and LS Y sliders by about 50 percent - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

In the sensitivity menu, reduce the LS X and LS Y sliders by about 50 percent. You can experiment with different values to find the best results for yourself. The RS X and RS Y sliders are responsible for the camera - you don't have to adjust them.

The key assignment menu is divided into categories, and these vary depending on the chosen controller - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Categories of controls and filtering

The key assignment menu is divided into categories, and these vary depending on the chosen controller. Most of them will be on the keyboard, while a little less will be on the controller because of a limited number of buttons. Be sure to browse the categories with the Essentials filter, which will immediately show you those really needed buttons.

The main categories are - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

The main categories are:

  1. Miscellaneous
  2. Instruments and Systems
  3. Camera
  4. Autopilot
  5. Brakes
  6. Flight Control Surfaces
  7. Landing Gear
  8. Lights
  9. Menu
  10. Power Management
  11. Radio

In addition, you can filter the list of keys by:

  1. Essentials
  2. Assigned
  3. All

The categories are divided into a number of subcategories, but if you get lost, you can always use the key assignment search engine.

Key assignment search

If you want to quickly find which key is assigned to any function, use a search engine that has as many as two fields. In the first area, called "Search by name," you enter the name of a function, e.g. flaps, autopilot. In the second area, called: "Search by input" press a specific key or combination (e.g. Ctrl + E) to display what function it is assigned to.

If the placement of a function on your keyboard doesnt suit you, you can always change it - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

Changing key assignment

If the placement of a function on your keyboard doesn't suit you, you can always change it. Search for a specific function and click on the button selection box.

In the Search by input field, press the selected new key - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

In the "Search by input" field, press the selected new key. You can also select it from the drop-down list below. If it is already being used by any other feature, a warning message will appear if you are sure you want to do so. We advise against duplication of assigned functions to avoid any problems. Then it's better to clear the previous function.

If everything is OK, confirm the choice (Validate) - Microsoft Flight Simulator: Keybinds/Controls - PC, Xbox One - Appendix - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Guide

If everything is OK, confirm the choice (Validate).

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