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Celestia Keystrokes

Celestia Keystroke Summary

Mouse Functions:
Left – click on object: select object
Right drag: orbit the selected object in any direction
Left drag: orient scene in any direction
Rotate Mouse Wheel: adjust distance to selection
Right + Left drag: adjust distance to selection
Ctrl + Left drag: adjust distance to selection
Shift + Left drag: change field of view (FOV) (e.g. => telescopic view)
Wheel (middle button) click: toggle field of view between 45 degrees and the previous field (e.g. telescopic view)
Left double click center selection
Right - click bring up context/select menu
Label Functions - Keyboard:
P Toggle (turns on or off) planet labels
Shift+P Toggle dwarf planet labels
M Toggle moon labels
Shift+M Toggle minor moons
E Toggle galaxy and nebula labels
Shift+E Toggle globular cluster and open cluster labels
B Toggle star labels
W Toggle asteroid labels
Shift+W Toggle comet labels
N Toggle spacecraft labels
= Toggle constellation labels
Shift + & Toggle Location labels
Ctrl + K Toggle Markers
Ctrl + P Set a Marker
V Toggle info text
Render Functions - Keyboard:
U Toggle galaxy rendering
O Toggle planet orbits
I Toggle clouds
; Toggle Celestial grid (Earth-based equatorial coordinate sphere)
/ Toggle constellation diagrams
Ctrl+A Toggle atmospheres
Ctrl+B Toggle constellation boundaries
Ctrl+E Toggle eclipse shadows
Ctrl+L Toggle nightside lights
Ctrl+S Toggle stars as points, discs or fuzzy points
Ctrl+T Toggle comet tails
Ctrl+V Cycle through vertex shading options
Ctrl+X Toggle antialias lines mode
Ctrl+Y Toggle autoMag = auto adaptation of star visibility to field of view
Shift + ^ Toggle Nebula on or off
[ If autoMag OFF: Decrease magnitude (fewer stars visible)
If autoMag ON: Decrease magnitude at 45 deg field of view
] If autoMag OFF: Increase magnitude (more stars visible)
If autoMag ON: Increase magnitude at 45 deg field of view
Shift + { Decrease ambient light
Shift + } Increase ambient light
Shift + ( Decrease galaxy brightness
Shift + ) Increase galaxy brightness
Shift + % Toggle Star Color highlights
Shift + “+” Toggle Limit of Knowledge textures
Alt+Enter Toggle full screen display mode on or off
Esc Escape key = cancels command, cancels script, cancels movement or lock commands
Navigation Functions - Keyboard:
H Select the Sun (Home)
C Center on selected object
Shift + C Center the orbit
G Goto selected object
Ctrl+G Goto surface of the object
F Follow selected object
ENTER Select a star or planet by typing its name, then press "Enter" again
Y Orbit the selected object at a rate synchronized to its rotation
. Increase Field Of View (FOV)
, Decrease Field of View (FOV)
Shift + : Lock on selected object. Point at 2nd object and press again to pair the two.
Shift + " Chase selected object (orientation is based on selection's velocity)
T Track selected object (keep selected object centered in view)
HOME Move closer to object
END Move farther from object
Up arrow Your view pitches downward (also see # 8 key on numerical keypad)
Down arrow Your view pitches upward (also see # 2 key on numerical keypad)
Left arrow Your view rolls counter-clockwise (also see # 7 key on numerical keypad)
Right arrow Your view rolls clockwise (also see # 9 on numerical keypad)
# 4 number key on numerical keypad - Your view yaws (swings) to the left
# 6 number key on numerical keypad - Your view yaws to the right
# 5 number key on numerical keypad – instantly stops yaw, pitch or roll
Shift+arrow keys Orbit around the object automatically
Shift + * Look back view (rear view)
1-9 Select planets around nearby Sun
Esc Cancel hold on object, cancel command or script action
Backspace Cancel current selection
Time Functions - Keyboard:
Spacebar Stop or pause time (or if paused, resume time)
L Time 10x faster (repeat for faster time)
K Time 10x slower (repeat for slower time)
Shift+L Time 2x faster
Shift+K Time 2x slower
J Reverse time (it flows backward)
\ Return to Real Time
Shift + ! Set time to the current clock time
Shift + ? Display light-travel delay between observer and selected object
- Subtract light-travel delay from current simulation time (toggle on or off)
Joystick Functions – typical (Note: joystick buttons differ in function – experiment with yours):
F8 Enable joystick (press again to disable)
X axis yaw
Y axis pitch
L trigger roll left (button C on a Microsoft Sidewinder Pro)
R trigger roll right (button D)
Button 1 slower (trigger on Microsoft Sidewinder Pro)
Button 2 faster (thumb button on Sidewinder Pro)
Multiview Functions - Keyboard:
Ctrl+R Split view vertically
Ctrl+U Split view horizontally
TAB Cycle active view
DEL Delete active view
Ctrl+D Delete all views except active one
Spaceship commands - Keyboard:
A Increase velocity
Z Decrease velocity
Q Reverse direction
X Lock/unlock movement direction toward the center of screen
S or F1 Stop
F2 Set velocity to 1 km/s
F3 Set velocity to 1,000 km/s
F4 Set velocity to speed of light
F5 Set velocity to 10x the speed of light.
F6 Set velocity to 1 AU/s
F7 Set velocity to 1 ly/s
Other commands - Keyboard:
D Run demo
F10 Capture image to file
F11 and F12 Start and stop Movie Save
Ctrl+INS or Ctrl+C Copy location URL to clipboard (Windows)
` Display frames per second (FPS) – useful for measuring Celestia response times
Shift + ~ Toggle Console Mode (shows text of what is going on in the background)
Page up Moves the Console display up a few lines
Page Down Moves the console display down a few lines
Ctrl+W Toggle wireframe mode (displays objects as wireframe models)
F9 Toggle overlay texture