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Virtual keyboard

If you click on a button of the right panel of the DIGIblue SUITE-X theme, you can change this appearance; in another words, this status-bar is a multi-panels bar !

The CONTROL appearance gives you a virtual keyboard and access to the controls ports 1 and 2. Click on the virtual keys in stead of pressing the real keys of your PC keyboard !

You can also determine the speed of the Rensha Turbo (or Autofire).


The blueMSX virtual keyboard is based on the MSXturboR GT keyboard. It's the most complete keyboard, as it includes 2 special keys, that are only used by the intern software of this machine (ST or GT variant).

However, the keyboard configuration is first defined by the BIOS of the emulated machine.
You will find more explanations on the pages related to a specific keyboard :

If you are interested by the different keyboard matrices, check this website :

The MSX keyboard is generally very similar to a standard PC keyboard (the unique exception is the Russian MSX keyboard). The typewrite keys are almost the same as well as the numeric keypad. The Caps key toggles bigger sized alphabet characters (only in normal mode for Japanese, Korean and Arabic machines).

The MSX keyboard has five physical function keys. To access function key 6 to 10, you need to hold down the SHIFT key and press one of the keys F1 to F5.

As some MSX keys don't exist on a PC keyboard, the emulator makes also some adjustements to support the complete MSX keyboard :
- the PC key before the "1" key is used for emulate a MSX key on the third row
- the extrem right PC key on the third row is used to emulate the extrem right MSX key on the first row

Specific MSX keys are mapped to the following PC keyboard keys :

MSX key   PC key    
Select   End   Used in some games and applications (it's also the case of the Esc key).
Stop   Page Up   Allows to pause and resume a task in the MSX-BASIC or MSX-DOS environment. When you press this key while holding the Ctrl key, the current task will be abruptly broken.
Clr Home   Home   Allows to move the cursor to the top left of the screen. If you press Shift + Clr Home, the screen will be cleared.
Graph   Left Alt   Gives direct access to MSX-BASIC commands (Arabic machines in Arabic keyboard mode) or graphical characters (other cases) by pressing it with a normal character. Can be combined with Shift.
Code / Kana / Hangul / Arabic / Cyrillic (**)   Right Alt   Gives special characters by pressing it with a normal character (Code) or access to a different set of characters (other cases).
Comma on numpad   Page Down    
Accent Mark / Slash / Underscore / Question Mark (**)   Right Ctrl (*)   Allows to put an accent mark on a vowel (Accent Mark) or write the Slash character or Underscore character or Question Mark character

Most Panasonic MSX2+ machines and all Panasonic MSXturboR machines have two special Japanese keys, that allow in some programs to validate or invalidate a choice.

MSX key   PC key    
Iee   Left Windows or Back (Explorer)   Invalidates the choice.
Hai   Right Windows or Forward (Explorer)   Validates the choice.

blueMSX uses also many keys or combinations of keys for shortcuts, that you can change in the Shortcuts Editor.

If the default mapping is source of problems, you can change it in the keyboard section of the Input Editor.

(*) PC key after the "P" for the French MSX keyboard; extrem right PC key on the first row for the German MSX keyboard
(**) Check the different specific keyboards !

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