I lost focus of my craft on the orbit map and I'm flying far away from any celestial bodies that I can focus. I have to plan a maneuver but a single pixel on my current flight path represents a couple of hours of flight time since I cannot get a good angle on in. Is there any way to regain focus on my craft like i can click on Kerbal or Minmus for instance.

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You can use the backtick ` key to focus on your current ship. This should reset the zoom level as well as the position.

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    Does this still work? I tried it but backspace did nothing Jan 2, 2017 at 17:38
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    This doesn't work for me either, as reported by David.
    – Joeppie
    May 4, 2017 at 21:27
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    it is now ~ (the tilde key) Mar 26, 2019 at 12:59

As of May the 4th (the time of my checking and verifying), the key used to focus the active vessel is the back quote: ` .

(That is the key next to the 1 on the US keyboard layout)

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/KerbalAcademy/comments/5k5ne5/how_to_focus_the_map_on_the_active_vessel_in_121/


They changed it to ` (also the ~ key). It's the button to the left one the 1 key on the number line.


The easiest way I know of is to go through the tracking station if the ship isn't actually the active ship. If it is the active ship, the way I typically return (which may not be the best way) is to increase time warp to the first level, focus on the sun, and then use Shift+Tab to get back to the ship. A couple of notes on this: first is that if you have maneuver nodes, they'll be focused first, keep hitting Shift+Tab, and second, the time warp is so that you don't throttle your engine up.


Double-left-clicking on your ship will change the focus to it, without changing anything else.

  • Somehow this does not work. I can switch focus to other objects that can be focused by double clicking.
    – Madmenyo
    Jan 6, 2014 at 7:07
  • @MennoGouw Hmm... weird. It works for me. Jan 6, 2014 at 12:21

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