Game controls

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The Game controls are the methods by which the player interacts with the game. In RuneScape, controls are mostly point-and-click, though the context menus (usually opened by right-clicking the mouse) will almost certainly be necessary and keyboard controls will be very useful.

A player walking via clicking

The basics of the game controls are covered in the tutorial, which all new players must complete before gaining access to the main game.

Mouse controls[edit | edit source]

In all likelihood, most players use a mouse as their pointing device. This will include the ability to position an on-screen pointer and two (primary and secondary) buttons to perform actions. The primary (usually left) button performs actions, and the secondary (usually right) button accesses a context menu listing possible actions to perform.

Primary button[edit | edit source]

A player clicking on a keg of beer to drink it (the default action for the item)

Pressing the primary mouse button results in the default action for the situation. (As of 20 October 2010, the primary mouse button now functions as a secondary button for many selections like depositing or withdrawing items.)

A few examples:

  • On a character that can be attacked, usually of a higher level: Attack.
  • On an NPC: Talk to.
  • On an item in the inventory: Wear, wield, bury, eat, or "use with" if no other action applies.
  • On an item on the ground: Take the most expensive (in shop value) item from the pile.
  • In the bank, on the bank screen or inventory: Transfer one item.

If there are many characters or items in one spot, the default action may not select the desired object. A particular example includes when someone is standing in the same spot as a fire while the player is trying to cook fish. If only left-clicking, the game may try to use the raw food on the other player, rather than the fire.

Secondary button[edit | edit source]

Right-clicking a pet fish offers various options for interaction.

Pressing the secondary mouse button offers a list of all possible actions that players can perform, or options to deal with more than one item.

Players may have to right click if attempting to attack a monster with a higher combat level than themselves.

In the example above, left-click the raw fish, then right-click the spot containing the player and the fire and select "Use with fire" from the menu.

In the bank, players can avoid the usual dialogue with the banker by using the secondary click option "Use-quickly bank booth" or (usually) "Bank banker".

Another time players must right-click is when combining two food items that are both edible (since left-clicking would eat one of them), and some other situations where they would otherwise eat or drink an item instead of handing it over.

If the mouse only has one button, players can set the Mouse Buttons option to One, so that every mouse click will be treated as a secondary mouse click. That way, a context menu will be displayed for every action performed, and it will be impossible to eat a food item accidentally.

Running[edit | edit source]

Controls movement.png
Players can run if they have enough energy.

Holding the "Control" (Ctrl) key with any mouse click target means the player will run to a location (if they have enough energy).

Running may also be permanently selected by simply clicking the run energy icon in the HUD, where-upon all movement will be made at a run until walking is selected again, or the player's energy falls to zero.

Camera panning[edit | edit source]

Controls camera.png

The arrow keys (and WASD, when the message box is not selected) are used to pan the main view and minimap, rotate, and raise or lower the viewpoint. You may also click north on the compass to instantly turn your camera north.

Since October 2011, with the Chat Changes & Camera Controls update, it is possible to rotate and raise the view using the middle mouse button instead. This is done by holding the button down and dragging the mouse in the direction of the desired focus. Normal mouse options can be used in conjunction with this feature, and arrow keys still function as before.

Keys and Numbers[edit | edit source]

The keyboard can be used as a shortcut to many things in the interface and bank. With the Evolution of combat, player can bind keys and numbers to activates abilities, magic spells, prayers and items primary action.

Short keys[edit | edit source]

Note: The short keys were reorganised on 4 July, along with the activity and notes interface. These short keys are often used in PvM and PvP, to quickly switch / access weapons, prayers, Inventory (potions, food, teleport) or Magic spells (Teleport, combat spells).

Additionally, the letters and numbers preceding each quick chat option can be pressed to quickly select them.

There are no longer any keyboard shortcuts for clan chat, the statistics screen, the Quest List, the summoning screen, the friend list or the ignore list.

Players with extended keyboards (those with a number pad) can press the * button to sheath and unsheath their weapons.

Chat[edit | edit source]

Controls chat.png

The keyboard can also be used for chat with other players. It is not used to talk directly to NPCs in the game, as any responses are selected from a menu. When talking to an NPC, the spacebar can be used to talk.

Six distinct methods of communication are available: Public chat, Private Chat, Friends Chat, Clan Chat, Guest Clan Chat, and Group Chat,

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 27 September 2021 (Update):
    • Improvements have been made to mouse interaction precision.
  • patch 21 June 2021 (Update):
    • Changing the zoom distance on the World Map no longer affects the camera distance.
    • Zoom sensitivity will no longer revert to the default value after relogging.
  • patch 1 February 2021 (Update):
    • Resolved an issue with the Settings > Controls interface that could cause assigned hotkeys to become unresponsive in-game.
  • patch 9 November 2020 (Update):
    • An overlay which cycles between the Core Camera and Interaction controls has been added to Tutorial Island, replacing the preliminary Camera pop-up which could be dismissed permanently.
    • The initial camera zoom when starting Tutorial Island is now zoomed out further.
    • Input terminology on Tutorial Island has been updated to comply with mobile gesture compliance guidelines.
  • ninja 26 October 2020 (Update):
    • Area loot can now be triggered with only one item on the ground. An option has been added to the Item Drops - > Loot System menu which will allow players to collect loot via the Loot Inventory when only a single item is on the floor (This feature was previously available on mobile devices but not the PC client).
  • patch 28 September 2020 (Update):
    • When clicking on main menu buttons the context menu option will now be 'Close' instead of 'Open'.
  • patch 7 October 2019 (Update):
    • The ability to keybind 'Area loot' has been added. In-game, head to Settings interface then Controls tab to set a keybind for this feature.
  • patch 15 April 2019 (Update):
    • There is now a setting to adjust zoom sensitivity in Game Interaction options.
    • There is a new camera mode - "Freedom Classic" which combines the zoom and angle range of Freedom with the movement of Classic.
  • patch 25 March 2019 (Update):
    • There is a new camera mode - "Freedom", which allows for more extreme camera angles and zoom levels.
  • patch 28 August 2018 (Update):
    • A login check has been implemented to make the camera face North without requiring any strange camera rotations whilst logging in.
  • ninja 11 September 2017 (Update):
    • The player's camera will no longer be slightly zoomed in after the Araxxor phase transition to Araxxi.
  • patch 25 April 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue that was causing both EoC (Evolution of Combat) and Legacy interface mode keybinds to trigger simultaneously.
  • patch 19 January 2015 (Update):
    • Several issues which caused the camera to act incorrectly upon log-in have been fixed.
    • Consequently, the camera will now face south instead of north when logging in.
  • patch 8 December 2014 (Update):
    • The camera no longer resets to face north when performing various actions across the game.
  • patch 22 September 2014 (Update):
    • Certain dropped objects that would disappear when the camera is at a certain angle should now remain viewable. Please note that this does not affect objects that disappear into the floor or locations due to height mapping differences.
  • patch 6 May 2014 (Update):
    • An issue that was causing keybinds to not function correctly under certain circumstances has been corrected.
  • patch 7 April 2014 (Update):
    • Right-click options have been removed when right-clicking buttons on the ribbon.
  • ninja 24 March 2014 (Update):
    • It is now possible to enable and disable audio settings using keybinds.
    • Players can now home teleport to various lodestones by using keybinds.
  • patch 13 January 2014 (Update):
    • A reminder on how to move the camera has been added, played during The Blood Pact quest while on the Path System.
    • A tutorial about the Reset Camera button has been added to the start of Stolen Hearts, while on the Path System.
  • patch 17 December 2013 (Update):
    • Players can now rotate the camera again whilst the bank interface is open.
  • patch 25 September 2013 (Update):
    • A problem with keybindings becoming unbound when closing a text input interface - such as when joining Friends / Clan chat channels - has been fixed.
  • patch 29 August 2013 (Update):
    • Players can once again set their keybinds to the number pad keys.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • The keybinds for "Previous Action Bar" and "Next Action Bar" now function correctly.
    • The World Map can now be closed via a keybind.
    • Pressing the keybind to open the Home Teleport interface will now also close it.
    • Players will now see a confirmation box before resetting all their keybinds.
    • The Y, N and Esc keys will now work as expected on confirm destroy and NPC chat interfaces.
    • Camera controls and chat scaling now work in the Player moderator room.
    • The lock zoom setting now prevents using Page Up/Down to zoom.
  • patch 24 July 2013 (Update):
    • Several tweaks have been made to hopefully solve the mystery of the missing keybinds.
  • patch 12 February 2013 (Update):
    • The camera no longer gets stuck on zoom when toggling between action bars whilst fighting the QBD.
  • patch 19 September 2012 (Update):
    • The camera in Conquest now functions correctly.
  • patch 7 August 2012 (Update):
    • The camera now resets correctly when leaving the TokHaar Fight Kiln.
    • Picking up Dungeoneering keys no longer cause the camera to zoom in.
  • patch 1 August 2012 (Update):
    • Camera zoom will no longer randomly reset itself.
  • patch 25 March 2009 (Update):
    • Updated several of the chat menu interfaces to a newer format.
  • update 28 February 2001 (Update):
    • Added an option to change the behaviour of the camera.
      • This new camera mode is the first step in a new system, which will ultimately make RuneScape run much faster for people with slow computers.