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The tab navigation menu is very common for console video games. It is usually mapped on LB/RB buttons (Xbox). Tab navigation in Fortnite

I wonder what would be the most intuitive mapping for PC keyboard?

In Windows, this behaviour is mapped on Ctrl+Tab (forward) and Ctrl+Shift+Tab (backwards), but for the game that's too many keys. I am looking for a single key alternative.

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  • I hope I understand the question correctly, but why not use key arrows , left and right? Nov 25 '20 at 9:13
  • Arrow keys are used for Directional navigation. When you have something focused, say a button in a list of buttons, you can move the focus to the next item with the arrow key. I am looking for hotkeys that would not depend from the focus. Nov 25 '20 at 11:10
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Consider Q and E. These are keys most PC gamers will easily associate with "left" and "right" since they are used for equipment as well as leaning in some first- and third-person games. E might be a tough choice if it is leveraged elsewhere in the game, especially if it's used within the menu.

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Maybe the top row numbers, since both the interface buttons and keyboard buttons are top rows.

Same reason they are mapped to LB RB in the Xbox controller.


Update:
Maybe PageUp, PageDown.
Regardless of the mapping, consider providing an option for the user to set themselves. Gamers are very peculiar with mapping of key and functions.

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  • These should correspond to navigate forward and backwards through tabs, not the hotkeys for each tab. Nov 24 '20 at 12:43
  • updated comment Nov 28 '20 at 21:33

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