I prefer to hold the shift key to run, and so every time I start the game, I hit Caps Lock to disable auto-run. However, I find it always finds opportunities to re-enable itself. Sometimes I will go through a door that has a loading screen, and I'm auto-running when I come out the other site. Other times I will speak to an NPC and will be running after the conversation has ended.

I tried finding an option in the menu but couldn't. Is there some kind of configuration that would allow me to disable auto-run altogether so that the game doesn't do it for me?

  • Why do you need to push caps lock to disable auto-run in the start? What happens if you change the auto-run key of Skyrim itself? Nov 14, 2011 at 21:15
  • Because the game sets my character to auto-run automatically. I haven't tried changing the key but I presume that the game would still set me on auto-run automatically at every loading. I'll try tonight.
    – Xeon06
    Nov 14, 2011 at 21:24
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    Man... how can you bear anything but auto run. Perhaps my character has a bad knee, but his walk speed is glacial.
    – EBongo
    Apr 18, 2012 at 2:13
  • Yeah, why would anyone want to walk by default? Oct 13, 2012 at 7:29

2 Answers 2


You can change the default autorun state from on to off by editing the game's preference file, which is located in:

My Documents/My games/Skyrim/SkyrimPrefs.ini

In there, you can find the section [Controls] which has a setting


Change it to:


To turn autorun off by default.

  • For some reason that had no effect (I restarted the game). I'm thinking this might be a bug. I'll leave the question open to see if anyone else has anything to add and then I'll accept your answer because it should be the answer even though it doesn't seem to work.
    – Xeon06
    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:49
  • Did you exit the game before making the changes and saving the config file? Because it works for me when I do it like that. Nov 15, 2011 at 7:12
  • Yeah, I completely closed the game, modified it, and started it back up. I'll try again tonight, maybe it somehow reverted.
    – Xeon06
    Nov 15, 2011 at 14:45
  • As soon as you do what causes it to glitch it still defaults back to always run
    – user19916
    Feb 14, 2012 at 4:05

The bAlwaysRunByDefault suggestion is useful for when you first start up the game, but the problem isn't what the default is, it's the game toggling your current setting without prompting. This a known issue caused by doing certain things while holding shift. Holding shift while talking to an NPC causes it very consistently. Going through a loading screen does it inconsistently. I've also heard of people experiencing it when getting a killing blow animation.

Edit: Nexus Thread discussing the issue for reference

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