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?

  • 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
    Commented Dec 24, 2011 at 0:49

2 Answers 2


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.

  • 2
    For those of us who've remapped our keys, what command is that?
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 8:42
  • @Ben Activate. Edited that into the answer.
    – Arkive
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 8:45
  • Any idea if there's a way to rotate items once they're being "held"? Commented Nov 12, 2011 at 7:24
  • 7
    I'd recommend banging them on the ground, tables, or people. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:50
  • @IanPugsley Careful with that. Sometimes the object will shake loose from your grip.
    – Iszi
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 15:33

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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