Stardew Valley: Controls for PC, Switch, Xbox and PS4

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Stardew Valley. The player is walking past a citizens house and the dairy farm. The dairy farm is at the top of the image and the villager's house is at the bottom. The player is walking along a dirt path between the two.

Starting any new game can be a little confusing in regards to controls and in Stardew Valley, you're thrown into Pelican Town with very little guidance. No doubt you've likely misclicked or accidentally deleted something within the game without realising that's what you were doing. That's why we've put together a guide that shows you all of the PC and console controls.

Read More: Stardew Valley: Is It Cross-Platform?

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Stardew Valley Controls

We've listed all of the controls for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PS4 platforms below.

PC Controls

  • W: Move Up
  • A: Move Left
  • S: Move Down
  • D: Move Right
  • Left Click, C: Use tool or place item
  • Right Click, X: Check/Do Action
  • Escape, E: Open Menu
  • F: Open Journal
  • M: Open Map window
  • Left Shift: Run
  • 1 - 0, Minus, Plus: Inventory hotkeys
  • F4: Screenshot mode
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Switch Controls

  • Left Joystick: Walk; Run
  • Right Joystick: Move Cursor
  • Plus: Open Menu
  • Minus: Open Journal
  • A: Check / Do Action / Use Cursor
  • Y: Use Tool
  • B: Open Menu
  • X: Open Crafting Menu
  • ZR: Switch Item
  • R/L: Shift Toolbar
Stardew Valley. The player is outside Stardrop Saloon in Spring. The Saloon is made out of wooden logs. There is a wooden sign with "stardrop saloon" written on it that is hanging to the left of the door. Underneath the sign is another that says "food and drink". The player is stood in front of the sign.
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Xbox Controls

  • Left Joystick: Walk; Run
  • Right Joystick: Move Cursor
  • Start: Open Menu
  • Back: Open Journal
  • A: Check / Do Action / Use Cursor
  • X: Use Tool
  • B: Open Menu
  • Y: Open Crafting Menu
  • RT: Switch Item
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PS4 Controls

  • Left Joystick: Walk; Run
  • Right Joystick: Move Cursor
  • Start: Open Menu
  • Touchpad: Open Journal
  • X: Check / Do Action / Use Cursor
  • Square: Use Tool
  • Circle: Open Menu
  • Triangle: Open Crafting Menu
  • R2: Switch Item
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It can be a bit overwhelming to restore your farm when you start out in Stardew Valley. We've put together a few guides that can help you out. We have one that shows you how to water your crops with ease. Also, we have a villager gift guide to help you build friends and relationships with the residents of Pelican Town.

Updated December 7th, 2021 by Marie Pritchard.