How To Fix BG3 Escape Key Not Working (Baldur's Gate 3)

How To Fix BG3 Escape Key Not Working (Baldur’s Gate 3)

Baldur’s Gate 3 swept up awards in 2023, and for good reason! This D&D-inspired RPG throws you into the Forgotten Realms, a world of ancient evils, mind-bending mysteries, and companions who might either be your best friends or worst enemies. But even the mightiest heroes can be derailed by a technical glitch like your Escape key suddenly going AWOL. Let’s get that fixed so you can get back to the adventure!

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How To Fix BG3 Escape Key Not Working (Baldur's Gate 3)

Why the Escape Key Might Be MIA

Software Hiccups

Sometimes, all it takes is a simple restart. Close Baldur’s Gate 3 completely, even Steam itself, then start the game again. It’s the classic IT trick for a reason!

Conflicting Programs

Do you have other programs running in the background? Overlay software, like Discord or GeForce Experience, can sometimes mess with game controls. Try temporarily shutting those down.

Outdated Drivers

Make sure your graphics card drivers are up to date. Outdated drivers can cause all sorts of weird issues, so check the manufacturer’s website for updates.

The Dreaded Keybind Glitch

Very rarely, saved settings can get a little messed up. Try going to Options -> Controls and resetting your keybinds to default, just to be safe.

Verify Game Files

If something in the game files got corrupted, try this, Right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 in your library, go to Properties -> Local Files -> Verify integrity of game files.

Clean Reinstall

This is a last resort, but sometimes it’s the best fix. Uninstall Baldur’s Gate 3, manually delete any leftover files, and then reinstall it fresh.

Larian Studios, the developers, have fantastic support ( Describe the issue in detail and they’ll likely get you sorted out quickly.

How To Fix BG3 Escape Key Not Working (Baldur's Gate 3)

Final Words

And with that, you should be back to opening menus, pausing the action, and saving your progress with ease! If you’re still running into trouble, don’t hesitate to seek help on the Baldur’s Gate 3 forums or reach out to Larian Support. Now, get back out there and forge your epic destiny!

Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios. When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games