How to Move Your Hands in VRchat Without VR – In-Depth guide with FAQs, Tips, Advice, & More

VRChat is an internet-based virtual reality social network developed by Graham Gaylor and Jessie Joudrey. It allows people to create their own 3D avatars and share them with each other.

You might wonder how to use your hands in VRChat if you don’t own a VR headset.

How to Move Your Hands in VRChat Without VR?

You can use the keyboard keys to control your avatar in VRChat without using a headset.

Movement is controlled by the standard FPS “WAD” (for WASD) setup, with your mouse controlling your view position. Your eyes will look where you’re pointing.

Currently, it is not possible to move the mouse cursor while in Desktop mode.

KeyWhat it does
W Moves player forward
AMoves player left
SMoves player back
DMoves player right
SpaceMakes player jump (if it is enabled in the room)
ZCrawl/Go Prone
ROpens Action Menu
EscapeOpens Quick Menu
Left ClickInteract / Pickup
Right Click (Hold)Shows interaction mouse
Right ClickDrop pickup
Right Click + F (Hold)Allows you to throw held pickups
V (Hold) (If using push to talk)Enables microphone as long as it’s held
V (If using toggle talk)Enables / Disables microphone
EndToggles AFK mode
Control + NToggles visibility of player nametags
Control + HToggles visibility of the HUD (microphone and notification icons)
Control + \Local switch to default robot avatar (good for when unable to access menu or see out of avatar)
RShift + Backtick + 1 †Toggles visibility of trigger debug menu
RShift + Backtick + 2 †Toggles visibility of information debug menu
RShift + Backtick + 3 †Toggles visibility of console debug menu
RShift + Backtick + 4 †Toggles visibility of networking debug menu
RShift + Backtick + 5 †Toggles visibility of networking graph debug menu
RShift + Backtick + 7 †Toggles visibility of networking debug overlay
RShift + Backtick + 8 †Toggles visibility of event debug overlay
RShift + Backtick + 9 †Toggles visibility of user networking debug overlay
F12Takes screenshots, saves to the folder VRChat is installed
Control + F12Takes screenshots at the double the normal resolution, by default 4K (3840 × 2160), saved to the User’s Pictures/VRChat folder.
Shift + F1*Hand gesture – Idle
Shift + F2*Hand gesture – Fist
Shift + F3*Hand gesture – Open Hand
Shift + F4*Hand gesture – Point
Shift + F5*Hand gesture – Victory (Peace)
Shift + F6*Hand gesture – Rock ‘n Roll
Shift + F7*Hand gesture – Finger-gun
Shift + F8*Hand gesture – Thumbs up
Shift + EscEnables Safe Mode, which swaps Safety to Custom Level with all features disabled.

Control your left arm using the left shift key, and control your right arm using the right shift key.

What Is VRChat Controls Keyboard?

VRChat controls the mouse refers to the key combinations on the computer’s mouse buttons to control various actions of your VRChat avatar. With these hotkeys, you can operate your character smoothly and quickly.

VRChat Mouse and Keyboard Controls Tricks

  • Left click – If you left click during VRChat gaming, it means you interact or pickup up the game.
  • Click the right mouse button – Drop the item from the inventory.
  • Hold down the right button and drag – This operation will show an interaction pointer.
  • With right-click + F and holding, you can throw any items you’ve picked up.

VRChat Controls Keyboard to Rotate Objects

  • Pick up an object by touching its surface.
  • Press I/K to adjust the pitch of an object you’re holding (rotating along the X-axis).
  • Press J/L to adjust the yaw angle of the object you’re holding.
  • Press U/O to adjust the rotation of the held item (along the Z-axis).
  • Click and drag to translate the object along the X and Y axes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you move into VRChat PC?

*Shift+F8*: This keyboard shortcut sets the hand gestures for “thumb up” (left) and “thumb down” (right). To set these hand gestures, hold down the shift key and press the f8 key.

What are some ways to interact with people using VRChat?

If you’re not already familiar with the action bar, we’ll start off by explaining what it does. When you press the “Menu” button, a quick menu pops up. You can access this menu by pressing the “Action Bar” key (defaults to CTRL+M). From here, you can do things like change your character name, add friends, or send messages.

How do you sit in VRChat on a PC?

If you hover your finger over or point at a chair and then press the button, you’ll be able to sit down.

Why can’t I use my hands in VRChat when playing?

Look at the bindings under the left index controller and find a thumbstick under that section click position. If it’s blank, then click the left thumbstick value. Sometimes during an update, they disabled this setting, making it so you cannot move in VRChat.

Can I use VRChat avatars for free?

VRChat Avatar 3 Dimensional Models Ready To View, Buy, And Download For Free.

Is Quest 2 good for VRChat?

You can play VRChat on both the Oculus Quest and the Oculus Rift S, just like you would on any other platform. The interface is the exact same, the controls are exactly the same, and you’re able to meet and communicate with people who are using PCs.

Can you text chat in VRChat?

Currently, most VR experiences don’t support any form of nonverbal interaction. However, there are some exceptions. For example, Oculus Rift has an app called VRChat, which allows people to communicate using their voices alone.

Why is my VRChat avatar pink?

The pink avatars probably use shad­ers that don’t support DirectX 9.

How do you add expressions in VRChat?

You need to specify which parameters you’d like to use when creating an avatar for yourself.

  1. On the Project menu, click My Expressions Menus.
  2. Right-click the avatar and choose “Create” > “VRChat” > “Avatars” > “Expression Parameters.”
  3. Rename it to something like “My Parameters.”


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  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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