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#1 affLiX

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:20 PM

With more and more people buying the game and downloading this mod, I figured i'd make simple guide for any new players to DayZ, or more specifically Arma2, as I myself have only played Arma2 for a short while!
Anything to add, just post and I'll throw it in the list.



~ DT = DOUBLE-TAP
~ NUMPAD refers to a key on the number pad located to the right of your keyboard.
~ [#] See tips regarding this particular keybind.

Movement

- RUN/WALK: SHIFT (DT toggle)
- SPRINT: DT W
- PRONE: Z
- CROUCH: X
- STAND: C
- VAULT (step over fences): V
- LEAN (roll when prone): Q and E (Left and Right, DT toggle)
- CLIMB LADDER/ACTION: MOUSE WHEEL SCROLL / CLICK (often times you may have to re-position yourself to successfully climb a ladder, look for a up/down arrow) [1]

View

- THIRD PERSON: NUMPAD ENTER (ensure you are in a 3rd person enabled server for this to work)
- ZOOM OUT/WIDER FIELD OF VIEW: DT NUMPAD -
- ZOOM IN: HOLD RCLICK
- IRONSIGHTS: TAP RCLICK
- HOLD BREATH: HOLD RCLICK (whilst aiming down sights)
- FREE LOOK: ALT (DT toggle)

Social

- CYCLE CHAT CHANNEL: , and .
- CHAT: /
- VOIP/PTT: CAPS LOCK (DT toggle)
- MUTE PLAYER: P > SELECT PLAYER > MUTE (located to the right)

Gadgets

- BINOCULARS: B
- WATCH: O (DT toggle)
- COMPASS: K (DT toggle)
- NVG: N (DT toggle?)
- MAP: M [2]

Gear/Weapon

- OPEN INVENTORY: G
- PICK-UP ITEM: G or MOUSE WHEEL SCROLL / CLICK
- USE/CONSUME ITEM: RCLICK ITEM ICON IN INVENTORY (specifically the icon, rather than the name in the list)
- CYCLE WEAPON (cycle through grenades, flares, throwable items): F
- SWITCH WEAPON (cycle between your primary and secondary weapon): ;
- LOWER/RAISE PRIMARY (does not work with pistols): DT LCTRL or RCTRL + R
- ZERO (adjust distance of sniper scope/shots): PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN

Misc

- FLASHLIGHT/HEADLIGHTS: L
- SIT: '
- SALUTE: \
- TOGGLE WINDOWED/FULLSCREEN: ALT+ENTER (I believe you have to press ESC to bring up the menu, then ALT+ENTER)

General Tips

- FLUSHING: If you experience graphical glitches, sometimes 'flushing' might help. To do this, hold SHIFT and NUMPAD - and type 'flush'.
- [1] CAN'T PICK UP AN ITEM?: I have occasionally struggled to pick up an item from a certain stash on the ground, usually because it is right next to a door. People often miss this simple tip: scroll the mouse wheel up/down until you have the option of 'Take x y z' or 'Gear'.
- [2] LOST? One of the best maps I have found online so far is AvidBlur's.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:31 PM

This is the best damn guide I've seen so far, I'm tempted to stick it but we have so many fucking guides already stickied.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:34 PM

Great one , Thank u =)

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:41 PM

I'm stickying this, it's too good.
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#5 affLiX

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:43 PM

Ah thanks a lot, thats brilliant. Will update it as I come across any other tips and bindings I might find useful! I did try to keep the tips quite short as there are so many guides! :)
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:39 PM

Thanks! You cleared up some confusion for me. Which button on the numpad is "numpad?" The one used to zoom out? Sorry if I sound like a noob.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:47 PM

Right click does a few things.

Click to bring up iron sights.
Hold to zoom and hold breath(steaddy aim).

I prefere to reassign hold breath to a seperate key.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:57 PM

Thanks! You cleared up some confusion for me. Which button on the numpad is "numpad?" The one used to zoom out? Sorry if I sound like a noob.


'NUMPAD' refers to the actual NUMPAD itself rather than a physical key. So where I have put 'NUMPAD -', I generally mean the minus on the right hand side of your keyboard under the number pad section.
Don't be sorry! This post is intended for anyone new and I won't judge anyone for any questions they might have!
EDIT: I have updated the original post with a little colour change to avoid any further possible confusion :)


Right click does a few things.

Click to bring up iron sights.
Hold to zoom and hold breath(steaddy aim).

I prefere to reassign hold breath to a seperate key.


Yup, they've been covered under 'View' in the original post, but thanks :)
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:34 PM

Thanks for the help and the quick response!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:51 PM

Salute is \ by default, not #

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:54 PM

Salute is \ by default, not #


Thank you, I had remember changing it from the default as it was the same key as my Steam Overlay keybind! Changing that now, thanks for that.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:18 PM

Also, isn't there a way to quickly cycle through actions you can do like eating, drinking, and bandaging without going into the menu? Isn't it mouse wheel or something?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:27 PM

Also, isn't there a way to quickly cycle through actions you can do like eating, drinking, and bandaging without going into the menu? Isn't it mouse wheel or something?


Kind of, I believe the latest patch has changed that slightly; Middle Mouse Scroll / Click used to give you the option to eat, drink, use bandage and more, however since the patch, it has made it so that you must use/consume items from your inventory.
Middle Mouse Click still allows you to open doors and pick up items, which i kind of covered in the Gear / Weapon section, but i will review that in a few minutes (replying from my phone atm), thanks chan.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:27 PM

I would put prone on the space bar. It's the biggest and quickest button to mash when you get in trouble.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:57 PM

I would put prone on the space bar. It's the biggest and quickest button to mash when you get in trouble.


Fair suggestion, considering space bar isn't used in DayZ (afaik). I suppose it'd be a good key to bind to vault aswell.
Although, the original post is about the default keys. :)
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:10 PM

Space is your command interface in normal Arma and still a waste of a key in my opinion.

Vault is pretty terrible to map to it though, seeing as it is extremely time consuming and finicky. Best keep it to V.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:49 AM

I've found that some keys don't seem to be re-bindable e.g. lft-alt: command watch (thing that lets you move your head independently). Very minor annoyance in a game i'm loving atm.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:19 PM

I've found that some keys don't seem to be re-bindable e.g. lft-alt: command watch (thing that lets you move your head independently). Very minor annoyance in a game i'm loving atm.


I've managed to rebind 'Free Look' to the Space bar, just a second ago. Are you attempting to rebind the KEY LALT to something else, or something else to Free Look?
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:46 PM

Great info, thanks!

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:43 AM

Something that really helped me was changing the sprint and run button to space bar. I don't really know if that messes up anything for the normal arma 2
also key binding weapon cycle to my mouse.