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

  • To right click on a mac without a right click button you need to put two fingers on the trackpad before you click to make the same effect as a right click.
Key/Button for PS3/Xbox 360 Action Notes
Left click/R1/RT Perform a action (e.g. Left clicking or pressing L1/LT while holding a sword will cause you to attack)
Right click/O/B Use door, chest switch, or talk to an NPC
T/⬜/X 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/△/Y 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. Autopause is currently not available on console. Press Start on Xbox or PS3 to pause the game (This won't open your inventory).
A/Left thumbstick left Left
  • Moves your character to the left. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
D/Left thumbstick right Right
  • Moves your character to the right. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
S/Left thumbstick down Down
W/Left thumbstick up Up
Space/X/A 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/ L2+R2/LT+RT 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 (multiplayer only).
H Quick Heal
  • Consumes the healing item with the highest "power" that is first in your inventory, starting from the top left and going down and to the right.
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/Select/Back 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. On Console, it will also show all players and let you select your team.
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/L1/LT 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.
R3/Press down right thumbstick Change cursor mode
  • Changes cursor mode between Auto and Manual (Console only).
D-Pad Use bound item
  • Items can be bound to the D-pad by opening the inventory, selecting an item and pressing a direction on the D-pad. That item can then be equipped in the hotbar immediately by pressing that direction on the D-pad during gameplay (Console only).

Inventory[edit]

  • 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 while clicking the item. This can be used to quickly free up space in your inventory.

NPC[edit]

  • 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.

Equipment[edit]

  • Right-clicking on a piece of equipment, including one located in a Social slot, will swap it with its corresponding Armor or Accessory slot.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • 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.

History[edit]

  • 1.2.3: Added support for Ctrl+Z, X, C, and V (clear line, cut line, copy line, and paste into line respectively). Added support for Shift+Insert, Shift+Delete, Ctrl+Insert (paste, cut, and copy respectively).
  • 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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