How do I use Shift with the Xbox Adaptive Controller?

Assign an input device to act as a “Shift” key when playing with your Xbox Adaptive Controller. Alternate inputs for your buttons are activated when the assigned Shift button is held down (helpful for changing configurations on the fly). For example, if a gamer is using one hand, Shift lets them use one stick to do the work of two. Configure the stick for movement, then press and hold the assigned Shift button to look around with the same stick.

To assign a Shift button:

  1. Open the Xbox Accessories app:
    • On Xbox One, press the Xbox button to open the guide, select My games & apps > See all > Apps, and then choose Xbox Accessories.
    • On Windows 10, press the Start button, type Xbox Accessories or choose it from the list, and then sign in. (If the Xbox Accessories app isn’t installed on your PC, you can get it in the Microsoft Store.)
  2. Scroll to the Xbox Adaptive Controller and select Configure.
  3. Choose a profile or create a new one, then select the Edit icon. For more info, see Customize the Xbox Adaptive Controller in the Xbox Accessories app.
  4. In the Mapping tab, assign a Shift button by choosing a button, selecting the Use as Shift button checkbox, and then pressing the B button to save your change.
    The up arrow will appear over the button, indicating that it’s the assigned Shift button.
  5. Choose a button or stick you’d like to modify with Shift:
    • For sticks, choose left or right stick, then choose Shift. To swap your left stick with the right stick when modifying with Shift (or vice versa), select the Swap X axis with left/right stick and Swap Y axis with left/right stick checkboxes. To invert the up/down direction of your stick when modifying with Shift, select the Invert Y axis checkbox. When you’re done, press the
      B button.
    • For buttons, choose a button on the controller you want to modify with Shift, then choose Shift. Choose a button from the list (this will be the button that’s used when the Shift button is held down).
      The Shift status will reflect the button you’ve chosen. When you’re done, press the B button.
  6. Press the B button again to save your changes.

When you’re in a game, press and hold the assigned Shift button to activate the alternate input.

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