When watching this video I see him quickly change his weapons and spells during combat. When he later goes inside his items, you can see a second smaller arrow next to the weapon that you can quickly change to in combat. How can I set such an alternative so that I can quickly switch weapon?

The screen doesn't seem to intuitively explain what key I need to use to do that...


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That is the favoriting feature, on the PC to add an item or spell to your favorites you have to press F. Then you can access all your favorites quickly by pressing Q, a list of favorites will pop up in the lower left corner and the game will be paused.

On the PC you can also bind items and spells to the number keys.

  • Aww, man, just a few seconds faster... :-)
    – Ragnar
    Commented Nov 12, 2011 at 9:13
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    @Ragnar: Yeah, Fastest Gun In the West problem. Gave you an vote elsewhere to make it fair... :) Commented Nov 12, 2011 at 9:18
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    Haha, you linked to my answer which is a link to Xenox's answer.
    – Arkive
    Commented Nov 12, 2011 at 10:16
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    On the 360, and presumably the PS3, you can access your favorites with up and down on the D-pad. Commented Nov 12, 2011 at 13:37
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    I changed my keys and "f" doesnt 'favourite' the weapons anymore, I found out that its the "Change POV" key that you must use as 'favorite' button :)
    – user14164
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 13:33

You can set either weapons or spells or whathaveyou as Favorites in your inventory (keyboard default is F), and then, during combat, you can change them quickly by pressing the Favorites button (keyboard default is Q), which brings up the Favorites menu. From there, you can select which weapon or spell you want to use in whichever hand you want to use them in.


On the PS3 you have the favorites you access by pressing up or down on the direction pad. The left and right on the direction pad are Quick Keys. I usually have the left set to my Daedric bow and the right set to my Daedric warhammer. To make something a favorite go into your inventory, select your favorite thing and press triangle. If you want to assign the favorite to the quick keys, select it from the favorites list and press left or right on the direction pad.

  1. Go to your inventory and press F for favorite for the item you want to assign.
  2. Press Q for the quick selection menu.
  3. Press 1/2/3/4/etc while a quick selection item is highlighted.
  4. While running around press 1/2/3/4/etc to instantly switch between items/spells.

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