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Here's a reference of the hotkeys you can use with the MiSTer. Hotkeys are useful at saving time and there are some hotkeys which do things you can only do with a keyboard or gamepad. Some of these hotkeys only work in the Main Menu core, others will work inside emulators as part of the gameplay, and some will work in all instances.

In any core, with OSD closed

Hotkey Description
F12 Open or close the Menu/On-Screen Display
Alt+F12 Open core select menu
Win+Print Screen Take a screenshot (upscaled)
Shift+Win+Print Screen Take a screenshot (raw output)
Left Ctrl+Left Alt+Right Alt Press "User" button, usually resets current core, same function as IO board button
Left Shift+Left Ctrl+Left Alt+Right Alt Full Reboot/Reset, same as IO add-on board Reset button
Controller: Button + OSD button Turn on/off turbo/autofire for the pressed button
Controller: Direction + OSD Button Set rate of turbo/autofire in milliseconds (ms)

With the OSD open, in any core

Hotkey Description
F12 close OSD
F11 Pair Bluetooth controller
Left Go to information screen (shows currently selected INI file and volume)
Right System screen (change core, set filters, gamma, etc...)
Controller: Back + R/L/D/U Select Alternate INI file if defined (Default/Alt1/Alt2/Alt3)
Controller: Select Expands submenus in the OSD when highlighted

In the Main Menu core only

Hotkey Description
F1 Switch background type (static, wallpaper, color bars, black)
F2 Hide / Show core dates
F9 Open Linux terminal / command line interface, use F12 to go back to menu

Core-specific hotkeys

Core Hotkey Description
Many Computer Cores Win+F12 Open the OSD

Last update: March 17, 2022