Docs / Keyboard Shortcuts

Play Window

When playing your game inside GB Studio use the following keyboard controls:

Up - Up Arrow / W
Down - Down Arrow / S
Left - Left Arrow / A
Right - Right Arrow / D
A - Alt / Z / J
B - Ctrl / K / X
Start - Enter
Select - Shift

These controls can be modified at any time by going to the Settings View under the Controls section.

You can also control the Play Window using a supported gamepad. If your web browser has gamepad support you can also use it when running a web build.

Much of the functionality of GB Studio is accessible through the menu bar and many of the menu items contain keyboard shortcut labels. Try clicking around on the menus to discover all of the shortcuts but the following are a few you should find useful:

Save Project - Ctrl/Cmd + S
Open Project - Ctrl/Cmd + O
Switch View Mode - Ctrl/Cmd + 1-8
Run Game - Ctrl/Cmd + B
Export ROM file - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + B

Game World

While editing the game world you can use the following keys to quickly manipulate your scenes.

Select Mode - V
Add Actor - A
Add Trigger - T
Add Scene - S
Eraser Mode - E
Collisions Mode - C
Set Player Start Position - P (while hovering over desired location)
Pan View - Hold Space (while clicking and dragging on Game World)

Drawing Mode

Drawing mode is automatically enabled in the Collision tool and the Colorize tool.

Draw - Click on scene
Draw line from last point - Click to set first point, hold shift, click to set next point
Lock brush to axis - Hold Shift + Hold Click
8px Brush - 8
16px Brush - 9
Fill - 0
Hide Triggers/Actors - -

Collision Types

These are only available when using the Collision tool.

Each tile can hold a maximum of 1 ladder and 3 collision sides. Ladders will not replace existing collision when placed on top of other colliders.

Select multiple collision types - Shift + Click
Erase collision tile - Click on a collision tile
Solid - 1
Collision Top - 2
Collision Bottom - 3
Collision Left - 4
Collision Right - 5
Ladder (Platformer only) - 6

Colorize Palettes

These are only available when using the Colorize tool.

Change Brush Palette - 1-6
Change Palettes - Hold click on existing palette

Music Editor

These are only available when using the Music Editor.

Change Instrument - 1-9