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Ultima Underworld I Keyboard Commands by Dan Simpson

                      Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
                               Keyboard Commands

                             Version 1.3 (3-26-00)
                     by Dan Simpson (

   Email Policy:  If you are going to email me about this game, please put
                  Ultima Underworld as the subject.  Or UW.  Also please realize 
                  that I am not hiding cheats or any other information, i.e. 
                  everything I know about Ultima Underworld's Keyboard Commands 
                  are in this guide.

                  Finally don't email me questions about anything that isn't
                  related to the Keyboard Commands in UW, chances are I can't
                  help you!

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| This FAQ looks best in Courier New at about 9 points.                        |

Moving around:

     ^           'W' - is running forward
     |           'S' - is walking forward       _
<-   |   ->      'A' - is turning to the left    |_ Hold SHIFT to turn faster
  \  W  /        'D' - is turning to the right  _|
   A S D         'Z' - will strafe left
<--Z X C -->     'C' - will strafe right
     |           'X' - is walking backwards (there is no running backwards)
     V           'J' - Jumping (use SHIFT to do a standing long jump)
                 'E' - Elevate (used during levitation)
                 'Q' - Go down (opposite of elevate)

Looking Around: (useful for attacking enemies above or below you)

'1' - will look up incrementally (the more you press it, the more up you look!)
'2' - will look forward (undoing looking up or down)
'3' - will look down


F5 - Enters attack mode (and turns it off)
'p' - attack high (hacking)
';' - attack the middle (hacking)
'.' - attack low (stabbing)

Side Bar:

F1 - top side bar, brings up the game menu
F2 to F6 - the rest of the Side Bar from top down
F7 - switches from the Inventory to the Stats' screens
F8 - Cast the spell in your spell space
F9 - Look around for monsters, and will tell you where the monsters are
F10 - Sleep (if you have a bedroll)

CTRL Keys:

CTRL-Q - Quits the game
CTRL-R - Restores a game
CTRL-S - Saves a game
CTRL-D - Details level
CTRL-F - Sound On/Off
CTRL-M - Music On/Off
ESC cancels any of these


You can move the mouse around with the arrow keys.
0 - left mouse button    |__ the ones on the numeric pad
. - right mouse button __|
TAB - move cursor to the next "hot spot" to the right
SHIFT TAB - same but to the left
** Note: "hot spots" are the 3 main areas on the screen, the left side panel,
         the main graphic screen, and the character area.


ALT-F7 - Version of the game
ALT-F8 - Tells you your location (first number is Level, then 2 digits for X,
         and 2 for Y, so a 16524 is on level one, x 65, y 24)

This document was created simply because I was unable to find any online
keyboard reference of any kind, and so decided to create my own by trying every
key on the keyboard in the game.  As far as I know, no other such reference 
exists.  Also I believe this to be all the keyboard commands in the game, but I 
could be wrong.  If you know of any more keyboard commands than are listed here, 
please email me at:

Finally, why wasn't UW released in the Ultima: Collection?

This Document is Copyright 2000 by Dan Simpson
Ultima Underworld is Copyright 1992 by Origin

I am not affiliated with Origin or anyone who had anything to do with the
creation of this game.  This FAQ may be posted on any site so long as NOTHING IS
CHANGED and you EMAIL ME telling me that you are posting it.  You may not charge
for, or in any way profit from this FAQ.

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