Skyrim is great during the gameplay but I dont like the menus at all. The problem is there are scenarios where I need to switch whole sets of armor, rings, necklaces and weapons very quickly.

For eg, I start quests with sneaking around, for that I use the nightingale armor and use detect life spell + soul trap elven dagger. Now, when a tough guy / boss comes in the way then I need to switch to heavy steel armor, necklace for block, shield and a strong sword. Then I need to switch back.

This involves so much menu navigation that I am starting to hate it. It would be superb if I could assign keys to scenarios like:

  1. Assassin - light armor + blade
  2. Warrior - heavy armor + one handed combat
  3. Sharp shooter - light armor + bow + arrows
  4. Mage - magica regen apparel + spells
  5. Thief - muffle apparel + blade + lockpick/pickpocket ring/necklace
  6. Business man - stuff to increase speech craft and price discount etc etc etc

God! Is it just me or it is such a pain to switch between these items in-game. All because I like efficient gameplay.

I know the game doesnt support this (I know about the Q - # shortcuts) but perhaps there are scripts or mods that allow assigning a keystroke to multiple items (apparel, weapons, spells, shouts, powers)?

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    I don't know of any mods for that yet, but that's a VERY common complaint so I'm sure it will only be a matter of time until a few mods come out.
    – Fambida
    Dec 1 '11 at 10:37

A macro program like autohotkey is what you're looking for.

Since skyrim has a consolified interface, almost any action can be done with keystrokes alone.

The trick is to use the favorites menu, and walk trough it while selecting the things you want.

A macro I have for example is:

  • q opens quick menu

  • wwwwwwwwwwww moves to top of list (number of items in list.)

  • eseequips or unequips an unrelated weapon and shield

  • the desired weapon is has a known state (unequiped)

  • sse moves to wapon and equips it.

  • ssse moves to shield and equips it.

  • q closes quick menu.

It isn't instant or very quick, but it saves a lot of time.

However, this setup is fragile and basically only works when all items of the Quick menu have consistent names.

  • It's sometimes possible for ahk to read the text from a program's window. I'm guessing this isn't possible with skyrim?
    – AnnanFay
    Dec 1 '11 at 18:35
  • I didn't investigate that. (also, I use a (first-gen) Logitech G15 keyboard, which has macro functionality build in.) Dec 1 '11 at 18:43
  • this sound promising, but the items change very often. Sounds like a lot of pain and wouldnt I need to quit the game every time i wanted to change it? Dec 2 '11 at 9:04
  • This should also be possible via the in-game console.. perhaps a script in an external text file can be called..? any idea where I can find a list of commands? EDIT: elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Console_Commands_(Skyrim) Dec 2 '11 at 9:15
  • @VaibhavGarg if you consistently (re)name your items while enchanting you can ensure a sane order of the favorites menu. Dec 2 '11 at 17:31

Unfortunatly there is no way to do it yet. Like @Fambida wrote, lets pray for a mod that bethesda does not banish.


You could use the group function in SkyUI and assign a group to a key in the mod configuration menu.

Besides SkyUI really helps with inventory management in general.

  • Can you describe further how do to this?
    – Timmy Jim
    Jun 4 '17 at 19:56

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