How to Set Up FSX for a Joystick

by Chappy Sinclair ; Updated September 22, 2017

Although it's possible to play "Microsoft Flight Simulator (FSX)" with the mouse and keyboard, you will not be able to maneuver aircraft as accurately as you can with a joystick. The advanced and expert missions are very difficult to pass without a precision controller (yoke or joystick) and even basic maneuvers such as steep turns, coordinated turns and landings are made easier with a joystick. "Microsoft Flight Simulator (FSX)" supports a variety of joysticks and allows you to change almost every keybinding option available.

Connect the joystick to your computer using the appropriate USB or PS/2 port. If the joystick requires installation, insert the installation disc that comes with the joystick and follow the instructions to complete the setup.

Start "Microsoft Flight Simulator."

Click "Options." Select "Settings" and click "Controls." Click "Joystick Axis." Double-click the command you want to change and press the button on the joystick to assign the command to that button. Click "OK" to confirm the changes.

Click "Back" to return to the Controls screen. Click the "Buttons/Keys" tab. A list of all the aircraft controls for every configuration (such as in-air controls and taxi controls) will be displayed. Double-click the command you want to change and press the button on the joystick to assign the command to that button. Click "OK" to confirm the changes.

About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.