I tried all keys and found that I can move with W/A/S/D, but a few decades of using the cursor keys makes it feel unnatural, probably because I am right handed.

Is there any way to use the cursor keys for movement?

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    If you have the original PC version, arrow keys should work as default. Keyboard controls can be changed with setup.exe. – Aulis Ronkainen Mar 13 at 13:53
  • I lost it many years, and many PCs, ago; which is why I had to buy it again on Steam – Mawg Mar 23 at 14:09

On Steam version I believe you can run setup.exe with DosBox. There you can change keys however you like. Setup.exe is able to write to the default.cfg -config file. Setup.exe cannot be ran on Windows (hence the DosBox).

If for some reason you can't do this, you can edit the default.cfg file manually. This file has all the key bindings in it. Change the key codes to better suit your preferences. There's a small catch though, the key codes are actually scan codes and are hard to translate. Here is a guide to the scan codes: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/visualstudio/visual-studio-6.0/aa299374(v=vs.60)

Your default.cfg probably looks like this:

key_right 77
key_left 75
key_up 17
key_down 31
key_strafeleft 30
key_straferight 32

Change the values to look like this:

key_right 77
key_left 75
key_up 72
key_down 80
key_strafeleft 51
key_straferight 52

In Steam there might also be an option "Launch Doom with classic controls", but I can't confirm if it's true or not.

  • Ok, I see the default.cfg file. Which values correspond to the keyboard arrows? Alternatively, how do I run setup.exe with DosBox? It's so tantalizing when you tell me that these things can be done, but not how :-/ – Mawg Mar 28 at 9:22
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    @Mawg Sorry, didn't mean to torment you. I've extended my answer. Hope you can manage with these instructions. Throw me a comment if you cannot pull it off or something doesn't work. – Aulis Ronkainen Mar 28 at 19:49
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    Thanx a 1,000,000. I am not sure if editting the .CFG fiel did it, or me suddenly noticing teh Steam option "Launch Doom 2 with classic contrails". Main thing - it works :-) – Mawg Mar 29 at 8:00
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    You're welcome! Both of them should work. – Aulis Ronkainen Mar 29 at 8:21

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