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Hotkeys Table of Contents

  1. Configuration

  2. Hotkeys


Hotkeys Configuration

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Steam Deck Button Layout

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How to Select A Steam Input Profile

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Preface

EmuDeck comes with a few Steam Input profiles to make hotkeys easier to use in a few emulators. If an emulator does not have a Steam Input Profile, make sure you're on Gamepad with Joystick Trackpad, otherwise some controls may not work.

EmuDeck comes with Steam Input Profiles for the following emulators:

  • Cemu
  • The Steam Input Profile is necessary to switch screens
  • Citra
  • The Steam Input Profile is necessary to switch screens
  • DuckStation
    • Long Press to activate hotkeys
  • melonDS
    • Long Press to activate hotkeys
  • mGBA
    • Long Press to activate hotkeys
  • PPSSPP
  • RMG
    • Long Press to activate hotkeys

Selecting Steam Input Profiles

In Game Mode, single click the game you would like to change the Steam Input Profile for, and click the Controller Icon on the right of the screen. Click the layout (whatever name it is currently set to) at the top, and you will see a drop-down menu. When playing a PSX, PSP, 3DS, or Wii U Game, switch to the respective Steam Input Profile.

For a visual, watch the following GIF (DuckStation is being used as an example):


EmuDeck Hotkeys Printout

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If you would like to save a copy of the EmuDeck Hotkeys page to reference offline or locally, you may save a PDF of the page here:

EmuDeck-Hotkeys.pdf


Hotkeys

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General

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Global

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These hotkeys only work in Game Mode and can be used for any Steam or Non-Steam game.

Hold the Steam button to view the list on your Steam Deck as well.

The Steam button in the chart below is interchangeable with the ... (QAM) button. For example, to "Force Game Shutdown", you can either hold Steam and the B button or hold ... and the B button.

Global Hotkeys
View Global Hotkey List Hold Steam
Force Game Shutdown Steam + B (Long Press)
Show Keyboard Steam + X
Toggle Magnifier Steam + L1
Take Screenshot Steam + R1
Right Mouse Click Steam + L2
Left Mouse Click Steam + R2
Joystick Mouse Steam + Right Joystick
Trackpad Mouse Steam + Right Trackpad
Left Mouse Click Steam + Right Trackpad (Click)
Increase Screen Brightness Steam + Left Stick Up
Decrease Screen Brightness Steam + Left Stick Down
Enter Key Steam + DPad Right
Tab Key Steam + DPad Down
Escape Key Steam + DPad Left

Microsoft Hotkeys

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Xemu (OG Xbox)

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Xenia (Xbox 360)

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N/A


Multisystems Hotkeys

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MAME

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Hotkey MAME
Coin for player Select
Start for player Start
Fast Forward Select + R2
Load State Select + L1
Save State Select + R1
Exit Emulator Select + Start
Exit Emulator STEAM + DPad Left
Quick Menu* STEAM + DPad Down

Note:

  • If you make any changes in the Quick Menu while in game, make sure to use one of the Exit Emulator hotkeys to close out of the game to ensure any changes you made are saved. If you use STEAM + the Exit game button, your changes will not be saved.

RetroArch

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List of RetroArch Cores Used by EmuDeck

Hotkeys RetroArch
Menu L3 + R3
Exit Select + Start
Pause/Unpause Select + A
Fast Forward Select + R2
Rewind Select + L2
Save State Select + R1
Load State Select + L1
Next Save Slot Select + DPAD Right
Previous Save Slot Select + DPAD Left
Toggle Runahead Select + DPad Up
Toggle FPS Display Select + X
Screenshot Select + B
Toggle Screen Layout (NDS) R2
Blow Mic (NDS) L2

Note:

  • Screenshots are saved in:
  • /home/deck/.var/app/org.libretro.RetroArch/config/retroarch/screenshots
  • The Blow Mic hotkey only blows white noise. It cannot be used to speak into the Steam Deck microphone. The white noise may not be strong enough to progress in some games

ScummVM

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N/A


Nintendo Hotkeys

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RMG (N64) (Standalone)

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RMG comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - RMG. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Long Press to activate hotkeys on the left trackpad radial menu.

Hotkey RMG
Quick Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Save State Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Save State Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Load State Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Pause Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Cheats Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Controller Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Graphics Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Screenshot Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Stop Emulation Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Reset Left Trackpad Radial Menu

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.

These hotkeys are for RMG, a standalone N64 emulator. These hotkeys are not for the Mupen64Plus-Next RetroArch core. For more information on RetroArch and the Mupen64Plus-Next RetroArch core hotkeys, visit RetroArch.


mGBA (GB, GBC, and GBA) (Standalone)

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mGBA comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - mGBA. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Long Press to activate hotkeys on the left trackpad touch menu.

Hotkey mGBA
Quick Menu Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Save State Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Load State Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Pause Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Reset Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Stop Emulation Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Fast Forward Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Cheats Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Screenshot Left Trackpad Touch Menu

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.

These hotkeys are for mGBA, a standalone Nintendo Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance emulator. These hotkeys are not for the mGBA RetroArch core. For more information on RetroArch and the mGBA RetroArch core hotkeys, visit RetroArch.


melonDS (NDS) (Standalone)

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melonDS comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - melonDS. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Long Press to activate hotkeys on the left trackpad radial menu.

Hotkey melonDS
Full Screen Left Trackpad Radial Menu or Tilt Right Joystick Left
Save State Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Load State Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Pause Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Cheats Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Microphone Left Trackpad Radial Menu or R3
Close/Open Lid Left Trackpad Radial Menu or L3
Swap Screens Left Trackpad Radial Menu or R2
Reset Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Toggle FPS Limit Tilt Right Joystick Right

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.

These hotkeys are for melonDS, a standalone NDS emulator. These hotkeys are not for the melonDS RetroArch core. For more information on RetroArch and the melonDS RetroArch core hotkeys, visit RetroArch.


PrimeHack (Metroid Prime Trilogy)

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Hotkey PrimeHack
Menu N/A
Exit Select + Start
Pause/Unpause Select + A
Fast Forward (Hold) Select + R2
Save State Select + R1
Load State Select + L1
Next Save Slot Start + R1
Previous Save Slot Start + L1
Toggle Aspect Ratio Start + DPAD Right
Increase IR Start + DPAD Up
Decrease IR Start + DPAD Down
Graphics Toggle Start + L3

Dolphin (Gamecube and Wii)

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Hotkey Dolphin
Menu N/A
Exit Select + Start
Pause/Unpause Select + A
Fast Forward (Hold) Start + R2
Increase Emulator Speed Select + R2
Decrease Emulator Speed Select + L2
Save State Select + R1
Load State Select + L1
Next Save Slot Start + R1
Previous Save Slot Start + L1
Shake Nunchuk L2
Shake Wiimote L1
Tilt Wiimote L2 + Move Left Stick
Sideways Toggle Select + R3
Attach/Detach Nunchuk Select + Left Stick Down
Next Wii Profile Select Select + Left Stick Right
Previous Wii Profile Select Select + Left Stick Left
Next Game Profile Select Select + Left Stick Up
Previous Game Profile Select Select + Left Stick Down
Toggle Aspect Ratio Start + DPAD Right
Increase Internal Resolution Start + DPAD Up
Decrease Internal Resolution Start + DPAD Down
Reset A + B + X + Y + L1 + R1

List of Wii Profiles Included with EmuDeck

  • Wiimote with Nunchuk
  • Wiimote with Nunchuk and Touchpad Support
  • Wiimote with No Attachment
  • Wiimote with No Attachment and Touchpad Support
  • Wii Classic Controller

Citra (3DS)

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Citra comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - Citra 3DS. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Hotkey Citra
Menu L4
Full Screen Toggle L4
Layout Toggle L5
Swap Screens R4
Quit Long Press R5
Save State Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Load State Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Fast Forward Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Pause Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Exit Double Tap Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Full Screen / Menu Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Swap Screens Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Change Screen Layout Left Trackpad Touch Menu

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.


Cemu (Wii U)

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Cemu comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - Cemu. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Hotkey Cemu
Toggle Screens L4 or R4
Swap Screens L5 or R5
Exit Select + Start
Blow Mic R3

Note: The Blow Mic hotkey only works if you are using the gamepad.

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.


Ryujinx (Switch)

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Ryujinx Hotkeys
Exit Steam + DPad Left

Yuzu (Switch)

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Hotkey Yuzu
Menu Select + R3
Full Screen Select + R3
Docked Mode Start + DPAD Up
GPU Accuracy Start + DPAD Down
Filter Start + DPAD Left
Pause Select + A
Fast Forward Select + R2
Exit Select + Start

Sony Hotkeys

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PPSSPP (Playstation Portable)

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PPSSPP comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - PPSSPP Standalone. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Hotkey PPSSPP
Quick Menu Steam + DPad Left
Quick Menu Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Save State Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Load State Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Next Save Slot Left Trackpad Radial Menu
Fast Forward Left Trackpad Radial Menu

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.

These hotkeys are for PPSSPP, a standalone Playstation Portable. These hotkeys are not for the PPSSPP RetroArch core. For more information on RetroArch and the PPSSPP RetroArch core hotkeys, visit RetroArch.


Vita3K (Playstation Vita)

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DuckStation (Playstation 1)

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DuckStation comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - DuckStation. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Long Press to activate hotkeys on the left trackpad touch menu.

Hotkey DuckStation
Save State Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Load State Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Next Save Slot Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Previous Save Slot Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Pause/Play Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Quick Menu Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Swap Disc Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Fast Forward (Toggle) Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Fast Forward (Hold) Select + R2
Rewind Select + L2
Pause Select + A
Toggle Full Screen Select + R3
Quick Menu Start + L3
Load State Select + L1
Save State Select + R1
Next Save Slot Start + R1
Previous Save Slot Start + L1
Increase Resolution Scale Start + DPad Up
Decrease Resolution Scale Start + DPad Down
Toggle Widescreen Start + DPad Right
Toggle PGXP Start + DPad Left
Toggle Software Rendering Start + L3
Exit Select + Start

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.


PCSX2 (Playstation 2)

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Hotkey PCSX2-QT
Menu Start + L3
Full Screen Select + R3
Exit Select + Start
Pause/Unpause Emulation Select + A
Fast Forward Select + R2
Slow Motion Select + L2
Load State Select + L1
Save State Select + R1
Next Save Slot Start + R1
Previous Save Slot Start + L1
Increase Upscale Multiplier Start + DPad Up
Decrease Upscale Multiplier Start + DPad Down
Cycle Aspect Ratio Start + DPad Right
Toggle Software Rendering Start + DPad Left

RPCS3 (Playstation 3)

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N/A


Tools Hotkeys

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Cloud Services

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These hotkeys are specifically for cloud services, refer to the Cloud Services page for more information.

Cloud Services comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - Cloud Services. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

By default, the controls are that of a standard gamepad along with:

- L/R Trackpads being mouse input
- R Trackpad click is "Left Mouse Click"
- L Trackpad click is "Right Mouse Click"
- Pressing "Start + Select" will close the current tab in a web browser
- Press and hold L4 (Upper left paddle button) to change button layer to "Web Navigation"

"Web Navigation" action layer (need to hold L4 for these keys to be active):

- Start is "Escape"
- Select is "Tab"
- D pad is "Arrow keys"
- R1 (Right bumper) is "Page Forward"
- L1 (Left bumper) is "Page Back"
- R2 (Right trigger) is "Left mouse click"
- L2 (Left trigger) is "Right mouse click"
- A is "Play/Pause (Space Key)"
- B is "Back (Escape Key)"
- X is "Find in Page (F3)"
- Y is "Refresh (F5)"
- Rotate left joystick to scroll: CW scroll down, CCW scroll up

EmulationStation-DE

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EmulationStation-DE comes with a Steam Input profile for Hotkeys. Activate the Steam Input profile by clicking the Game Controller icon in Game Mode, change the template to Emudeck - EmulationStation-DE. The hotkeys below can only be used if you have the Steam Input profile active.

Long Press to activate hotkeys on the left trackpad radial menu.

Hotkey EmulationStation-DE
Citra Left Trackpad Touch Menu
Cemu Left Trackpad Touch Menu
No Profile Left Trackpad Touch Menu
mGBA Left Trackpad Touch Menu
RMG Left Trackpad Touch Menu
melonDS Left Trackpad Touch Menu
PPSSPP Left Trackpad Touch Menu
DuckStation Left Trackpad Touch Menu

For a tutorial on how to select Steam Input Profiles, refer to: How to Select a Steam Input Profile.

An explanation of the EmulationStation-DE Profile

Some emulators set up by EmuDeck need a unique steam input profile (like Cemu or Citra) since you cannot do combo hotkeys easily. These emulators use a Steam Input profile to bind keyboard keys to buttons on a radial or touch menu.

The EmulationStation-DE combines all of these different profiles into a single menu and allows you to select your emulator profile on the fly. For emulators without a Steam Input profile, use combo hotkeys.

How to Use the EmulationStation-DE Profile

The EmulationStation-DE profile will be automatically applied to your EmulationStation-DE shortcut. If you have an older install of EmuDeck, you may need to re-run Steam ROM Manager with the EmulationStation-DE parser toggled to apply this profile.

After the EmulationStation-DE profile is applied, use the left trackpad to pull up the menu and long-press an icon to switch into the respective profile. The buttons on the various touch and radial menus use a long-press to activate the respective hotkey.

All of the profiles include a Return to Main Menu button allowing you to return to the profile switcher menu.

If you do not see an emulator on the EmulationStation-DE touch menu, it likely uses combo hotkeys. This page covers the combo hotkeys for the various emulators.

All of the Steam input profiles featured on the EmulationStation-DE profile are specifically for standalone emulators. For example, the melonDS and the mGBA profiles will not work if you are using the RetroArch cores. You will need to use the combo hotkeys instead: RetroArch Hotkeys. To switch to the standalone emulator in EmulationStation-DE, read How to Select a Different Emulator for a System.

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