DOSBox keyboard shortcuts

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These are default key bindings for DOSBox. Key bindings can be changed using keymapper (Ctrl + F1). Note: On Mac, if you are having trouble with the function keys, you may need to set your F keys to function as function keys. You can do this by going to System Preferences > Keyboard, going to the Keyboard area, and checking the "Use all F1, F2, etc" box.

Alt + ⤶ Enter

Switch to full-screen (and back)

Alt + Pause

(ALT-F16 on OS X) Pause emulation

Ctrl + F1

Show the keymapper configuration screen

Ctrl + F4

Update cached information about mounted drives. Useful if you changed something on a mounted drive outside of DOSBox. Also cycles through disk images mounted using IMGMOUNT

Ctrl + F5

Save a screenshot (goes to capture folder)

Ctrl + Alt + F5

Start/Stop recording of AVI video. NOTE: You may well have some problems with this, please see Recording Video in DOSBox documentation for more information

Ctrl + F6

Start/Stop recording sound output to a wave file (goes to capture folder)

Ctrl + Alt + F7

Start/Stop recording of OPL commands

Ctrl + Alt + F8

Start/Stop the recording of raw MIDI commands

Ctrl + F7

Decrease frameskip

Ctrl + F8

Increase frameskip

Ctrl + F9

Kill (close) DOSBox

Ctrl + F10

Capture/Release the mouse (if you need to use the mouse within DOSBox)

Ctrl + F11

Decrease DOSBox cycles (slows down the emulation)

Ctrl + F12

Increase DOSBox cycles (speeds up the emulation)

Alt + F12

Unlock speed (turbo button)

When a keyboard layout is loaded:
Ctrl + Alt + F2

Switch between foreign layout and US layout

Left Alt + ↑   Right Shift

Activate dual layouts (for some keyboards, e.g. GK codepage 869 and RU codepage 808)

Left Alt + ↑   Left Shift

Deactivate dual layouts

For OS X you have to use additionally + Command for the same result.
INS key is Fn + M on OS X
For Linux you have to use additionally + Win for the same result.

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Program information

Program name: DOSBox DOSBox (General)

DOSBox is an emulator that emulates computer running DOS operating system. It also emulates many of the IBM PC compatible graphics and sound cards. Thus it can run original DOS programs and games, even under modern operating systems which dropped support for the old environment.

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Last update: 1/26/2020 7:20 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 73%

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Shortcut count: 19

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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