I've assigned num 5 for to my Daedric Dagger and num 2 to my Blade of Woe. When I tap 2 or 5, the weapon in my sword-hand gets replaced. in order to actually dual wield, I need to open up the favorites menu, and left click/right click to make it happen.

Is there a known way, by which I can change the controls to dual wield upon tapping?

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Currently the only way to dual wield weapons with a hotkey is if you have two of the exact same items. Otherwise, the behavior is exactly what you experience (you replace the right hand with a new weapon).

There have been numerous mod requests of this on the modding forums for the PC, I'm sure something will come out for it eventually.

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    Oh, thank you for the answer. I did not know that having two weapons of the same name can get you to dual wield. I'm now sporting two daedric daggers :)
    – Aditya M P
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 13:05
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    Actually, no. This is not working as expected. There appear to be multiple bugs. If I tap 2 twice, the dagger just appears in one hand and then disappears. Then the '2' shortcut mysteriously gets disabled.
    – Aditya M P
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 13:20
  • The game does not appear to be able to handle 2 items of the exact configuration in the favorites menu.
    – Aditya M P
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 13:21
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    @desaiw Your daggers has to be able to stack (exactly same name and same enchantment) in your inventory for this to work. If they have different enchantments, then they won't stack and you can't do it.
    – l I
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 13:22
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    unmodified weapons work as yx. claims. Smithing upgraded weapons work as aditya claims.
    – Amy B
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 14:27

If you want use two different daggers, I believe this will actually be possible, using the same method as described here for spell-shield configurations:

How can I change spells (using hotkeys) in a spell+shield configuration?

For this you will need to have two of one of the daggers, and one of the other. Assign hotkey 2 to the dagger you have two of. Assign hotkey 1 to the other dagger. Then when you press 2-2-1 you put dagger 2 into the right hand and dagger 1 into the left hand.

  • nice trick. You are right, this works nicely, the only downside is the main hand dagger can't be something special but a base dagger that's stackable.
    – l I
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 20:41

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