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The default controls are listed below. These can be changed from the Settings menu on the Title Screen.

Key Action Notes
T Throw
  • Tosses the currently selected item a few squares in the direction the character is facing. Does not inflict throwing damage; this is "throw (discard)", not "throw (attack)". To perform "throw (attack)" with a ranged/throwing weapon such as shurikens or a bow, do not use this command; instead, click the left mouse button with the item equipped, same as with melee attacks. You can also throw items by opening the inventory, picking the item you want to throw away and and right-clicking outside the inventory while that item is hold on the cursor. Note that throwing throws the whole stack of items, except for torches, where only one torch will be thrown.
Esc Inventory
  • Opens the inventory and crafting interface (allowing the player to Save and Quit (singleplayer) or Disconnect (multiplayer). If autopause has been enabled the game will pause when this action is performed.
A Left
  • Moves your character to the left. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
D Right
  • Moves your character to the right. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
S Down
W Up
Space Jump
  • Makes your character jump. Hold the key down for a higher jump.
  • Allows "swimming" upwards (repeated jumping) while underwater if Flippers, Diving Gear, or Neptune's Shell is equipped as an Accessory.
  • Pressing Space while jumping will activate the ability of jumping items like Spectre Boots, Sandstorm in a Bottle, etc.
  • Holding Space with Wings armed will allow you to fly for some period (depending on the Wings used), and glide slowly to the ground.
0-9 Hotbar Hotkey
  • Selects an item from the hotbar (1 being the leftmost, and 0 being the rightmost). The hotbar is the uppermost row of the inventory, i.e. the top 10 slots. (The item is merely selected; to actually use it click the left mouse button after making a selection.)
F7 Toggle Debug
  • Shows debug info.
F8 Toggle RxTx
  • Shows multiplayer connectivity debug info. In singleplayer, all values are 0 and do not change.
F9 Lighting setting.
  • Cycles though the 4 lighting settings: Color, White, Retro and Trippy, in that order.
F10 Toggle FPS
  • Shows your frames per second.
F11 Toggle HUD
  • Toggles the HUD.
Enter Chat
  • Opens the chat box (multi-player only).
H Quick Heal
  • Consumes the first healing item in your inventory (starting from the top left).
J Quick Mana Heal
  • Consumes the first mana healing item in your inventory (starting from the top left).
  • When resetting default controls, will change to 'M' instead of 'J', as M was the default mana heal key before Terraria 1.2.
M Full-Screen Map
  • The M key, by default, brings up a full-screen map. This can be zoomed in and out with the keyboard just as the minimap can, or with the mouse wheel, and it can be scrolled using the directional keys or by dragging it with the mouse. The full-screen map can be dismissed by clicking the icon at the bottom left corner, or by pressing M or the inventory key again.
B Quick Buff
  • Consumes one of each type of Buff Potion in your inventory.
  • Buff Potions will not be consumed if a buff of the same type is still active.
E Grapple
Shift Auto Select
  • It will try to select the appropriate tool to interact with the object under the cursor (excepting walls), or a light source if the cursor is too far or no tool was found. The light source will be the first valid one in the inventory (e.g.: A glowstick while underwater).
Tab Minimap
  • Tab toggles the minimap between the three modes: portrait, overlay, and hidden. See Map for more details.

Contents

[edit] Inventory

  • To remove one item from a stack, right click on it. Hold down the right mouse button to increase the number of items to be removed from the stack.
  • To place objects directly from your inventory, left click to select the item, then left click to place it or right click to discard it.
  • To place objects directly from your inventory into the Trash Can hold shift down whilst clicking the item. This can be used to quickly free up space in your inventory.

[edit] NPC

  • To interact with an NPC or read a sign, approach close enough that a speech bubble appears on the target when you move the mouse cursor to it. Then click the right mouse button.
  • When buying items from an NPC, hold down the right mouse button to increase the number of items purchased.

[edit] Equipment

  • Right-clicking on a Social slot will swap it with its corresponding Armor slot.

[edit] Miscellaneous

  • When crafting, hold down the right mouse button to rapidly craft a number of items (the speed increases as long as you hold down the button).
  • To interact with openable items, torches, water candle or waterbolt spell in dungeon, right click on it.

[edit] History

  • 1.2.0.1:
    • Added map control.
  • 1.1.1:
    • Keybindings will no longer sometimes be set to "None" automatically.
  • 1.1:
    • Items Pulsate when hold on the mouse cursor so they stand out against other items on the UI.
    • Items move freely and rotate when falling after being dropped or thrown.
    • F7 shows game debug information.
    • F8 shows connectivity debug information.
    • F9 changes lighting setting.
    • Added 'Auto Select' hotkey.
    • Added ability to place items directly from open inventory.
  • 1.0.6:
  • 1.0.5:
    • Added hotkeys for quickly drinking healing, mana, and buff potions. The healing/mana potion you use is based on the same principle arrows are. Topleft most item first. The buff potions are all used at once.
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