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CoD MW3: How to Rebind Keys

Have a custom set of keybinds you use for playing Call of Duty? Here's how to rebind your keys in Modern Warfare 3.

No PC game, and especially no PC first-person shooter, is complete without the ability to rebind your keyboard and mouse controls. Luckily, the PC port of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes with plenty of customization options, so here’s how to rebind keys in MW3.

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How to Change Keybinds in Modern Warfare 3

The UI in Modern Warfare 3 might be a mess, but once you know where to look, rebinding your keys isn’t too difficult. From the main menu of either Call of Duty HQ or MW3 campaign early access, click on or navigate to the gear icon in the top-right of the screen. In the menu that appears, select Keyboard and Mouse.

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In the new menu that opens up, select the Keybinds tab. There, you’ll see a full rundown of all the default bindings Call of Duty comes with. To change a bind, select the one you want to change. Once the icon becomes three question marks (???), press any button on your keyboard or mouse to rebind.

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If you select the wrong bind and need to exit, press the Esc key to leave the binding selection. In the event you need to reset everything to default, the Reset Tab button at the bottom of the screen will put everything back to the way it was when you installed the game the first time.

The Best Keys to Rebind in MW3

How much customization you do is up to your personal preference, but there are a few keys I recommend changing if you can. Melee attacks tend to default to the V key, which is awkward at best. If your mouse has any additional buttons on the side or below the scroll wheel, I always recommend adding that as a mouse bind. Changing crouch and prone to more comfortable options is also a good idea.

I also always recommend playing around with your bindings to see if there’s anything more comfortable than what comes with the game. If you’ve always played with default bindings, though? Keep them where they are, because trying to relearn your muscle memory might do more harm than good.

That’s how to rebind keys in CoD MW3. For more help with the game, whether with bugs or the content itself, check out our guides on how to fix the can’t launch bug, how good your PC needs to be to play, and more in our Modern Warfare 3 guides hub.


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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.