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Not all PICO-8 hardware has a keyboard, but when it does, there are many keyboard shortcuts that one can use.

Note that the list below primarily shows the shortcuts for a QWERTY keyboard layout on a Windows build of PICO-8. Regional and platform variations do exist, however. Where known to be different, the Linux and MacOS alternatives are listed here.

Readers with knowledge of other platforms are encouraged to fill in the blanks if they know of keys that differ from the Windows layout. If you do, please follow the existing format, thanks!

Global use

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Quit Alt+F4 ⌘Cmd+Q
Reload/Run/Restart Ctrl+R
Quick-Save Ctrl+S
Mute/unmute Ctrl+M
Editor toggle Esc
Full screen toggle Alt+Enter ⌘Cmd+F
Save a screenshot to desktop F1 / F6
Capture cartridge label image F2 / F7
Start recording a video F3 / F8
Save GIF video to desktop F4 / F9
Toggle keyboard cursor F5 / F10
Toggle FPS display Ctrl+1
Previous editor Alt+
Next editor Alt+

While running

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Pause menu P / Enter

See btn() for details on default controller/keyboard mappings, and keyconfig for info on changing those mappings.

Command Line

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Copy (entire line) Ctrl+C
Paste Ctrl+V
History  ↑  /  ↓ 
End-of-line End
Start-of-line Home
Kill to end-of-line Ctrl+K
Kill to start-of-line Ctrl+U
Clear screen Ctrl+L

Text Editor

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Cut Ctrl+X
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste Ctrl+V
Select All Ctrl+A
Keyboard glyph mode toggle Ctrl+K
Insert/overwrite toggle Ins
Start of line Home
End of line End
Start of document Ctrl+Home
Ctrl+ ↑ 
End of document Ctrl+End
Ctrl+ ↓ 
Previous word Ctrl+
Next word Ctrl+
Previous function Alt+ ↑ 
Next function Alt+ ↓ 
Indent selection ⇥Tab
Un-indent selection Shift+⇥Tab
Undo Ctrl+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y
Find text in current tab Ctrl+F
Find text aGain Ctrl+G
Repeat search across tabs (Hyper search) Ctrl+H
Go to Line number Ctrl+I
Duplicate current line Ctrl+D
Toggle comment Block Ctrl+B
Switch to next tab Ctrl+⇥Tab
Switch to previous tab Ctrl+Shift+⇥Tab

Sprite editor

All tools:

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Pan tool Space+🖰 Click+Drag
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste (at current sprite location) Ctrl+V
Undo/Redo (single-step) Ctrl+Z
Previous sprite Q
Next sprite W
Previous color 1
Next color 2
Toggle full view ⇥Tab
Replace color Ctrl+🖰 Click
Shift by one pixel / /  ↑  /  ↓ 
Flip Horizontal F
Flip Vertical V
Rotate 90° CCW R
Zoom < / >
🖰 Wheel

Draw tool:

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste (at upper left) Ctrl+V
Replace color Ctrl+🖰 Click
Color Picker Right Click

Stamp tool:

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Stamp with color 0 transparent LCtrl+🖰 Click

Select tool:

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Select none Enter

Fill tool:


Lower sprite sheet area:

Function Windows Linux MacOS
Select multiple sprites
(for flip, shift, copy, rotate)
Shift+🖰 Click+Drag

Map editor


SFX editor


Music editor


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