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In Oblivion, you could grab objects with the Z-key, or the Telekinesis spell.

I've tried the Z key in Skyrim, but couldn't seem to grab anything.

And then I see this:

So clearly manipulating objects exist in some fashion, I'm just unsure of the appropriate keybinds. Any ideas?

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Would be cool if you could use this to sell them an item and steal it back. Then this could double as a speech booster as well. –  b01 Dec 24 '11 at 0:49
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Hold the Activate key (E, ⓧ, or Ⓐ by default for PC, PS3, and Xbox, respectively). The Z key defaults to your Dragon Shout/Racial Power on PC. Be careful with that.

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For those of us who've remapped our keys, what command is that? –  Ben Blank Nov 11 '11 at 8:42
    
@Ben Activate. Edited that into the answer. –  Arkive Nov 11 '11 at 8:45
    
Any idea if there's a way to rotate items once they're being "held"? –  Raven Dreamer Nov 12 '11 at 7:24
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I'd recommend banging them on the ground, tables, or people. –  Ian Pugsley Nov 14 '11 at 17:50
    
@IanPugsley Careful with that. Sometimes the object will shake loose from your grip. –  Iszi Dec 23 '11 at 15:33
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Hold down the button bound to 'Activate/pick-up.'

  • For Xbox, that's A

  • For PC, that's E

  • For PS3, that's X

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