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  • How to Alter Keybindings for Keyboard and HOTAS

    Many of the new users of ASTRA and Co. have been playing Elite: Dangerous for some time now, and have become comfortable with their own control set-ups. While some will quickly adapt to the keybindings we use, others may prefer to stick with the controls they are already familiar with.

    You may want to keep a few keyboard controls set to your personal taste, you might also own a HOTAS, and want to keep some controls bound to the keyboard. Changing the bindings is relatively simple to begin with, but can get a little more complicated if you wish to use a key that is already assigned - if a control key is being overwritten, you would then need to find an unused key to bind that control to (both in-game and in Voice Attack).

    The easiest way to get started would be to use the included keybindings for Keyboard & Mouse, and if you are using a HOTAS, you can enter your preferred joystick buttons to the in-game controls alongside the keyboard bindings, placing the HOTAS buttons in the right-hand column. This ensures that while Voice Attack will still be working via the keyboard, you can also issue commands via the flightstick. You will also need to add your stick and throttle axes to Pitch and Yaw, Throttle, etc. but this only takes 10 minutes to set up
    NOTE: For the HOTAS all you need to do is add your controls in-game! Everything else is done through keyboard controls - if you wish to alter those simply continue as if you were using a keyboard.

    Okay, so let's talk about altering the bindings! The key points to be modified are the ((Keybinding)) command, and the 3 spoken commands used for toggling - then of course ensuring they are the same in-game. If you are using the Basic Profile, you only need to follow Picture 1 and Picture 5. One thing you will have to be careful of, is that you do not overwrite other commands or end up with the same key bound to two commands. If you wish to change one of your controls to a key that is already being used, you will then have to change that key in turn. Here's a quick look at changing a keyboard control, using the Landing Gear command as an example:

    Picture 1- ((Landing Gear)):
    Edit the line 'Press L key and hold for 0.03 seconds and release' and change to your preferred key
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    Picture 2 - "Deploy Landing Gear":
    Click on the ' . . . ' button and change the 'L' key to your preferred key, same as Picture 1
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    Picture 3 - "Landing Gear":
    Click on the ' . . . ' button and change the 'L' key to your preferred key, same as Picture 1
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    Picture 4 - "Retract Landing Gear":
    Click on the ' . . . ' button and change the 'L' key to your preferred key, same as Picture 1
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    Picture 5 - In-Game Controls:
    Change the appropriate control in your in-game settings to match up with the key edited in Voice Attack
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    This is all you should need to do to change one of your keybindings! As mentioned previously you will need to make sure that no keys are doubled up, both in Voice Attack and in the game. Much of the keybind changes you make can easily be tested by opening Notepad, and simply speaking the command. The keypresses will show up on Notepad, and you will be able to see if anything has been missed or doubled up.
    We are planning to release some Walk-Through videos in the near future, with this guide being explained among them.

    Thank you for reading, and fly safe, Pilot!

    Voidflakes
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