I usually leave my USB joypad always connected to the PC, but Skyrim decides that it should be the main input, so I am enforced to disconnect it before start to play.

Is there a setting that I can define to always use keyboard/mouse as main input without disconnecting joypad?


I found a setting in SkyrimPrefs.ini that you can define before starting Skyrim.

Under [MAIN] section bGamepadEnable=0 disable the joypad bGamepadEnable=1 enable it.

  • Make sure you edit the file in C:\Users\...\Documents\My Games\Skyrim the one in the game folder did not seem to make a difference for me. Apr 1 '16 at 5:04

I had the same issue, it automatically picky my Gamepad as input on first starting Skyrim. There was an option called "360 Controller" in the System->Settings menu, after disabling it Skyrim defaults to mouse and keyboard on every start.

  • I can't open the game right now, the menu and option names are from memory, they might be slightly different. Nov 11 '11 at 9:29
  • SYSTEM > SETTINGS > 360 Controller
    – Arkive
    Nov 11 '11 at 9:42

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